Indige­nous leader hon­oured for work

Midland Reporter - - News -

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.

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