The Foundation is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Lyn Riley to the board. An amazing woman and leader
Lynette Riley is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the University of Sydney, Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Lynette has more than 30 years working experience as a teacher and in Aboriginal education and administration within primary schools, high schools, TAFE, state office and universities.
Lynette was one of the founding members of the NSW DET Aboriginal Education Unit which created the first Aboriginal Education Policy in 1982, much of which was based on research she undertook undertaken in 1980, while completing studies at the Armidale college of Advanced Education. She was extensively involved in establishing the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG), and coordinated the first ever AECG conference in the early 1980s.
She was instrumental in establishing Aboriginal presence in universities, establishing one of the first support programs within Australia – the Oorala Centre at UNE (1986-1992) and programs with TAFE as an Aboriginal Development Manager for the Western Institute of TAFE (1994-1999), before going on to be one of the few female/Aboriginal Campus Managers for the Dubbo TAFE Campus (2000-2003), and then being appointed State Manager for NSW DET Aboriginal Education (2003-2006).
As an Aboriginal person Lynette has been required not to just theorise about what was occurring to and for Aboriginal children, and their communities; or the interwoven interactions with non-Aboriginal people, communities and organisations; but rather to be actively involved in researching new solutions and effecting sustainable change for Aboriginal programs. This has meant a focus on interweaving understandings and knowledge of cultural education and cultural competence for all people in working with one another whether at the individual or organisational level.
Lynette has a long history working for Reconciliation at the local level, as Chair of the Dubbo Reconciliation Group; and State level as State Chair for NSW Reconciliation. Her belief is that Reconciliation is an imperative if we are to create understanding and move forward in this Nation.