Mu­ral’s heal­ing touch

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

HEAL­ING, change and aware­ness prompted a spe­cial Naidoc cer­e­mony in Mer­riwa on Fri­day, with an eye-catch­ing re­minder of the event left on the walls of a so­cial help ser­vice.

Unit­ing Care West un­veiled a new mu­ral at its of­fice on Bal­ti­more Pa­rade with help from the St Stephen’s School Car­ra­mar stu­dents who de­signed it.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Amanda Hunt said Naidoc Week was of par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance to staff across all of­fices as part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Ac­tion Plan.

She said the plan, led by ex­ec­u­tive cul­tural ar­chi­tect Djidi Josey Hansen, was “in­te­gral to the cul­tural fab­ric” of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Ms Hunt de­scribed Ms Hansen as “an inspirational Noon­gar woman who has em­pow­ered all those around her to come along on this jour­ney of heal­ing, change and aware­ness”.

St Stephen’s School act­ing prin­ci­pal Brett Roberts said the stu­dents had de­signed three mu­rals each with “Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance”.

The mu­ral con­nects the space with its sense of place and mean­ing, he said.

UCW cul­tural ar­chi­tect Josey Hansen and St Stephen’s school ser­vices learn­ing co-or­di­na­tor Fran­coise Leighton with stu­dents Hay­ley Bar­ram, Lily Cochrane and Meg Morne­ment.

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