Abo­rig­i­nal lead­ers’ work lauded

Stirling Times - - News -

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.

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