An­gela a force for good


Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

RE­MOVED from her fam­ily and placed in mis­sions when she was eight years old, An­gela Ry­der grew up de­ter­mined to help oth­ers of the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion.

Orig­i­nally from Katan­ning, the Atwell res­i­dent spent four years at Wan­der­ing and Roelands mis­sions.

De­spite not com­plet­ing Year 10 stud­ies, Mrs Ry­der suc­ceeded at uni­ver­sity, where she grad­u­ated from Curtin Uni­ver­sity in 1998 with a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce in Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions.

This year she has re­ceived a John Curtin Medal from the uni­ver­sity for her work in es­tab­lish­ing pos­i­tive ini­tia­tives and pro­grams to build in­de­pen­dence in Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.

Mrs Ry­der said mak­ing the world a bet­ter place for her fam­ily and all Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple is what drives her.

Curtin Uni­ver­sity vicechan­cel­lor pro­fes­sor Deb­o­rah Terry said Mrs Ry­der’s story was un­doubt­edly in­spir­ing.

“As some­one who ex­pe­ri­ences the last­ing and full im­pact of the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion on her life, and through her pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence, An­gela recog­nised grief and suf­fer­ing as ma­jor is­sues within sec­tions of the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity,” she said.

“An­gela has es­tab­lished pos­i­tive ini­tia­tives to build in­de­pen­dence in Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and em­power Abo­rig­i­nal women through her role for the past 10 years as se­nior man­ager of Abo­rig­i­nal Ser­vices at Re­la­tion­ships Aus­tralia WA and through her vol­un­teer roles.”

Mrs Ry­der also de­vel­oped the Mo­orditj Yoka Women’s Group, spent 15 years as the in­au­gu­ral chair of the Lang­ford Abo­rig­i­nal As­so­ci­a­tion and been in­volved in the de­liv­ery of Naidoc cel­e­bra­tions in Perth and Gos­nells.

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An­gela Ry­der, a mem­ber of the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion, has used her ex­pe­ri­ence to help and sup­port oth­ers like her.

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