Holyoake is committed to meaningful reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Following the successful implementation of our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), we will soon launch our Innovate RAP.

As part of our Innovate RAP initiatives, we recently appointed Marie Taylor as our Aboriginal Elder in Residence. Marie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Holyoake. She will:

  • Support staff in their work with Aboriginal clients through the provision of formal and informal cultural guidance
  • Network with Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal agencies in order to build relationships and develop safe and secure referral pathways to Holyoake, for Aboriginal people
  • Provide cultural wisdom, knowledge and support in the development of Holyoake programs
  • Support the implementation of our Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Provide cultural training for Holyoake staff
  • Support the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal staff at Holyoake.

Noongar Elder, Marie Taylor is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and has been a junior state hockey representative, a course author and Associate Lecturer at Murdoch University. She helped establish an Aboriginal cultural centre and has produced programs that are taught in schools across the city.

Marie’s past employment involves both Government and non-Government agencies. She is currently Chairperson of Yelakitj Moort Nyungar Association Incorporated, and Cultural Corridors Incorporated.

We welcome Marie Taylor to the Holyoake team.

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