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Elder inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame

Wednesday, 09 March 2016

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ECU’s Elder-in-Residence Mrs Oriel Green has been inducted into the 2016 WA Women’s Hall of Fame in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Since May 2015, Mrs Green has been ECU’s Elder-in-Residence at the Joondalup campus, allowing her to share life-skills and provide encouragement to students to incorporate cultural connections in their work-life balance. 

By using her own experiences as opportunities to influence within a social and community perspective, she generously gives her time and knowledge to motivate others.

Of the award, Mrs Green said she was shocked, but extremely humbled to be recognised for such an honour. 

“This was totally unexpected, but I am very grateful and proud of this award” she said.

Mrs Green has always been a community-minded individual, putting the needs of others before her own and regularly seizes opportunities to demonstrate her commitment to Aboriginal people and to the broader Australian community. 

Throughout her lifetime, Oriel has been devoted to improving the lives of Aboriginal young people through education and working to create a more socially inclusive community through reconciliation. 

Her vision for opportunities for today’s multicultural society to connect with local Aboriginal culture is commendable and acknowledges growing support from the non-Aboriginal community to achieve long lasting outcomes.

Other notable recognitions include Aboriginal of the Year (1993), induction into the Department of Education WA Aboriginal Hall of Fame (1999) and awarded the Perth NAIDOC Female Elder of the Year (2012). 

Established in 2011, the Women’s Hall of Fame aims to recognise women within the community who have had a positive influence on those around them. Since 2011, other ECU inductees include Anne Aly, Professor Colleen Hayward AM and ECU’s namesake Edith Dircksey Cowan.

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