It is with much pleasure that I announce that Ms Thelma Parker has been appointed to the position of Edmund Rice Education Australia Education Officer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, effective from the 14th January 2019. As a member of the Identity and Liberating Education team, Thelma will be based at the EREA Northern Region Office, but her work will see her involved in projects across Australia working most importantly with the implementation of the EREA National Reconciliation Plan.
Thelma is an Aboriginal woman from the Wangkayujuru Warluwarra Wangkmanha peoples. Thelma has worked for Catholic Education for the past 25 years and held various leadership positions including Head of Campus, Mt Isa, Edmund Rice Flexible Learning Centre; Senior Lecturer, Australian Catholic University; and Manager of Indigenous Education at the Townsville Catholic Education Office. Currently Thelma's role is Indigenous Advisor for EREA - Youth+ where the focus of her work has been developing programs, strategic planning and networking with government and non-government agencies to improve community policies and educational opportunities for Indigenous students and their communities.
Thelma complements her leadership experience with a demonstrated commitment to learning. She has completed a Master in Educational Leadership - Indigenous Leadership at the Australian Catholic University; a Diploma of Teaching; Diploma of Business; a Diploma of Public Sector Senior Management; an Advance Certificate for Control Theory, Reality Therapy & Quality Management; a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment; a Certificate IV in Theology; and is a Cultural Awareness Trainer.
On behalf of all members of the Edmund Rice Education Australia community, I warmly congratulate Thelma on her appointment and wish her well as she continues her work as part of the EREA family.