Aboriginal leaders’ work lauded
DIANELLA resident Jim Morrison was one of two Aboriginal leaders awarded the John Curtin Medal this month.
Mr Morrison, along with Angela Ryder, was recognised at a special ceremony for attributes associated with Australia’s World War II Prime Minister – vision, leadership and a commitment to community service.
Mr Morrison, executive director of Yokai: Healing our Spirit, has worked at the frontline of Aboriginal rights for more than four decades. Ms Ryder, a member of the Stolen Generation, was removed from her family and placed in missions between the ages of eight and 12.
She has established innovative and positive initiatives and programs to build independence in Aboriginal people and empower Aboriginal women.
The John Curtin Medals are presented each year on, or close to, October 7, the anniversary of John Curtin’s accession to the office of Prime Minister in 1941.
From left: Curtin Vice-Chancellor Deborah Terry, Jim Morrison, Angela Ryder and Curtin Chancellor Colin Beckett.