Emma is a researcher employed by the University of Adelaide in the Rural Medical School based in Port Lincoln and has been in this role for 7 years. Emma is a Barngarla woman from Port Lincoln SA, she has cultural connections to other Aboriginal groups.
Emma is an active community member and has interests and focus on heritage, cultures, languages and community development. Emma has been involved in governance since the age of 16, she has been on boards such as PLACC (director), PLAHS (director), DEWNR Aboriginal Advisory ( Chairperson x2), Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation (Co-Chairperson), Kallinyalla Parnkalla L&SC (chairperson), Community House (director), FVLPSAC (Chairperson x2) (Director). Emma is passionate about youth development, leadership, education, employment and well being. As a single mother of 4 children, with 3 of them in the youth range she understands the parental roles and responsibilities, challenges and rewards this brings.
Emma has worked in a variety of areas from administration, bookkeeping, team leader, manager, women’s programs, project officer and researcher, she appreciates the importance of supporting and empowering youth early and with consistency to achieve successful outcomes for them, their families and the community, she believes the youth are our future and cultural values need to be included in all things youth do on their life journeys.