Congratulations to Berrima Blakeney (of Waminda's Nabu Team - Family Preservation & Restoration), who was awarded the 'Young Achiever of the Year' award at last Saturday night's Regional NAIDOC 2017 Awards. We are all very proud of you!
Berrima Blakeney is a young Aboriginal woman from the Nowra area. She is adescendant from the Yaegl and Wiradjuri people. Her connection to the South Coast is through her Grandmother who was from the stolen generations.
Berrima is a proud young Aboriginal woman working as a Case Worker at Waminda. Berrima is joining the newly formed Family Preservation and Restoration program, in partnership with Waminda and the MacKillop Foundation, aimed at supporting families to stay together and to keep children safe.
As well as working full time at Waminda, Berrima is completing a Diploma in Leadership and Management and a Diploma in Community Services/ Case management. Berrima brings to her studies the same qualities that make her such a valuable member of the Waminda team. She is a great communicator, willing to learn, take on new challenges, supportive of other team members, organised and a good problem solver.
Berrima is a great advocate because she has a keen sense of social justice, and even as a young kid at school, was willing to stand up for other kids if she felt they weren’t heard or unfairly treated. She brings a persistency and tenacity to any advocacy she is involved in for families and is not afraid to speak up and challenge injustice. #waminda #wamindanowra#youngachieveroftheyear2017 #NAIDOC2017 Thank you for the photo @anuchristine
Young Achiever of the Year 2017
NAIDOC 2017 Regional Awards
Berrima and Christine Anu