Indigenous leader honoured for work
DENISE Colbung is a woman who wears many hats – small business owner, volunteer, advocate, mentor, mother, grandmother and student.
The Midland resident recently won the inaugural Yvonne Burgu Education Award from the Zonta Club of Perth.
The award is named after a senior Ngarinyin law woman from the Kimberley region who was a respected community leader, role model and artist with close ties with the Zonta Club.
“Zonta works to empower women around the world and we wanted to work with our indigenous women in WA,” Zonta’s Jill Anderson said.
“This award is one way we feel we can respond to their needs.”
Mrs Anderson described Mrs Colbung as a “truly enterprising woman”.
“She has lived in regional WA, as well as Perth, with numerous professional roles in human services, mining, education and Aboriginal mentoring, recruitment and training,” she said.
“She is passionate about improving the lives of Aboriginal people, closing the gap and breaking down the cultural divide.”
Mrs Colbung said the award was an honour and a privilege, and would help fund her Tafe studies in business management.
Denise Colbung accepts her award from Zonta’s Jill Anderson and Donella Caspersz.