My name is Sharon Sowter; my ancestral mob is Yorta Yorta and I’ve lived and worked on Wurundjeri land all my life. I am Chairperson of Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation and have taught in Melton for over 18 years in a local Primary School.
I am the proud Great Great Granddaughter of William Cooper; his own granddaughter, my grandmother, was taken from her Aboriginal family as a young child and denied her culture. It was important to her that I learn about and experience what she was unable to – I have therefore made it my mission to do so and my work at Kirrip goes a long way towards being able to connect with mob.
I have delighted in watching Kirrip grow over the past year, with new groups and activities available for members to be a part of. I am honoured to be involved at board level, in order to help create and enhance the programs and services that we can potentially offer our families. Stay tuned, there are exciting times ahead!
I am a proud member of Kirrip, and look forward to working with you mob in my capacity as Chairperson. Please contact me with your questions or contributions; a board is only as strong as the members endorse us to be.
Dawn Davies is a proud Aboriginal women from the Warramungu land, Tenant Creek, Northern Territory, currently living on the lands of the Kulin Nation in Melton, Victoria.
Dawn is a family orientated mother of 6 grown children who also live in Melton, Grandmother of 11 grandchildren, Dawn spends her time volunteering at Kirrip, supporting community and is an active board member and past board treasurer.
Heather Gillard. Is a proud Aboriginal woman with connections to many areas of Australia. Heather is of the stolen generation having been raised in children’s homes, Kinship care and foster care. Heather has lived in Melton for 22 years and has been a community member of Kirrip for 11 years and a board member for 10 years.
Heather is committed to her family and community and is always available to support community in any way that is needed.
Peter Webster is a proud Kamilaroi man from central N.S.W, currently living on the lands of the Kulin Nations in Shire of Melton. Peter is committed to our community and works hard to support the community as the Executive Officer of Kirrip.
Peter Has been a member of Kirrip for 5 Years and Executive Officer for the past 3years. Peter is always available to community and looks forward to having a yarn with anyone who drops by Kirrip.