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Waverley Stanley AM (right) with Yalari alumni Calvin Hunter (Class of 2018) and Haryne Uta (Class of 2010) (middle)

FOUNDING DIRECTOR Educating Indigenous Children


Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers quality, secondary education scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities. Our mission is to educate and empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities to bring about generational change. Our vision is to provide trusted, quality educational opportunities for Indigenous children to achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their families and make valuable contributions as Australians. Core Values: Compassion, Openness, Respect, Resilience, Inclusiveness and Excellence. YALARI LIMITED PO BOX 1355 Oxenford QLD 4210 P: 07 5665 8688 F: 07 5665 8611 E: W: ABN: 66 113 794 148 ACN: 113 794 148 Yalari is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

Yalari respects our Elders, past and present, and acknowledges that the Yalari office is on Kombumerri country within the lands of the Yugambeh language group. 2 | Yalari News - “Winter Voice” 2019

Waverley Stanley AM

2019 just keeps rolling on here at Yalari with the many activities, camps, functions and dinners. In April, for the first time, we conducted a seven-day “Warrior Spirit” Leadership Camp for 16 of our alumni and graduates at Holsworthy Barracks, Sydney. In partnership with the Australian Army 5th Brigade, the camp included attending the Dawn Service in Canberra and a visit to the Australian War Memorial. We were accompanied by two Indigenous military historians who shared their knowledge of the Indigenous soldiers who also contributed to the freedom of our country. Thanks very much to Brigadier Michael Bond, a dear friend and long-time supporter of Yalari for making the camp possible. Thanks also to the Indigenous soldiers and all of the non-Indigenous officers who participated and made it a huge success. We look forward to this being a regular event on the Yalari calendar for our Indigenous young adults. We have just returned from our “Outback Camps” — Alice Springs to Uluru. A week for the Year 9 girls, then a week for the boys. Members of our alumni often mention this camp as the one that really bonds them as a group who then go on to support each other as young adults. Thanks very much to all of our Yalari staff for making this a safe and memorable time for everyone. Now we start the process of interviewing children for the 2020 scholarships. A number of staff will criss-cross this big old country with me, travelling to the many towns and communities of potential scholars. We will sit down in their lounge rooms or at their kitchen tables and help alleviate some of the unknowns for nervous children and families. It is a really exciting time for all of us — to be able to start this journey and eventually welcome new members to the Yalari Family. On a personal note, Llew and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this year on June 20. To my ‘Number One Squeeze’ — thanks so very much for believing in me all those years ago, when we looked at the idea of helping Indigenous children to be the best they can be. Yalari is you and me — it’s our purpose. But Yalari is also our students, their families, our volunteers, our schools, our staff, our sponsors and all those who help us, day-in-day-out. ‘It takes a whole community to educate a child’. The Yalari community.

Maurri Thangani “Winter Voice” From the Bunuba language of Fitzroy Crossing (Yalari alumna Della Bedford’s country) maurri = cold weather - thangani = voice/ tongue / language Cover Image: Members of the Yalari alumni - Canberra (Front L to R) Nelson Foster (2016), Della Bedford (2014) (Back L to R) Ashley Hudson (2014), Michael Noah (2013) and Taneale Lawton (2014)

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Yalari News - "Winter Voice", Founding Director Waverley Stanley AM, Upcoming events, Student updates and achievements, Wally Boydell and th...

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