Foster mum wins com­mu­nity award

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

KIN­SHIP Con­nec­tions WA founder Ann Oak­ley has been named as the City of Bel­mont's 2016 Naidoc com­mu­nity award win­ner.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has been part of the City of Bel­mont for the past four years work­ing with a num­ber of Abo­rig­i­nal foster car­ers in the area.

Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks pre­sented the award as part of the City's Naidoc Week flag rais­ing cer­e­mony re­cently.

“Main­tain­ing Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren’s con­nec­tions to fam­ily is im­por­tant in the on­go­ing so­cial and emo­tional well­be­ing of a child's life,” he said.

“Through Ann’s knowl­edge of the Child Pro­tec­tion sys­tem she is able to en­sure Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren have their cul­tural needs ful­filled.

“She has been a foster mother to more than 40 chil­dren while be­ing a mother to four of her own chil­dren.”

Other events held dur­ing Naidoc Week in­cluded an artistin-res­i­dence pro­gram at the Ruth Faulkner Pub­lic Li­brary by Abo­rig­i­nal artist Jade Dol­man, as well as events at The Base@Bel­mont and Bel­mont City Col­lege.

Af­ter the suc­cess of last year’s event, the City plans to again in­cor­po­rate Naidoc cel­e­bra­tions into its an­nual Let’s Cel­e­brate Bel­mont Fes­ti­val fi­nale on Satur­day, Novem­ber 26.

Ol­man Wal­ley per­forms at the Bel­mont War Me­mo­rial.

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