NAIDOC SA COMMITEE

Joyleen Thomas - Chairperson

Joyleen is a Kokatha woman with relationships extending across South Australia and the Northern Territory, particularly to the Yunkunjatjara, Arrente and Arabunna people. Joyleen is a sister to 10 siblings and a mother of two adult children.

Joyleen has years experience working in the public sector in both State and Federal governments. She has worked in a range of positions and areas, ranging from Employment, Education and Training to the Criminal Justice System. Joyleen is very grateful for all the opportunities over the years to have worked with many wonderful Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people.

Camille Dobson

Camille is an Eastern Arrernte woman born in Alice Springs and has lived in Adelaide for the past 25 years. Camille has studied at the University of Adelaide successfully graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and Laws.

Over the last several years Camille has worked at the Legal Services Commission, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement in the Native Title Unit, The University of Adelaide as part of the Wilto Yerlo University preparatory program and is currently employed with Santos Ltd.

Camille volunteers on several committees as well as the NAIDOC SA committee and supports the Indigenous Law Mentoring Program as well as the Watpa Meyanna (Indigenous Laywers and Law Students Association)

Jeremy Johncock

Jeremy Johncock is a Wirangu/Kokatha man from the Western parts of South Australia. Jeremy works at the Office for Recreation and Sport, his role is to increase participation opportunities in Sport and Recreation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Leata Clarke

Leata Clarke is the fifth child of George and Myrtle Tucker. Leata is an Aboriginal woman, a descendant of the Wongi tribe from her fathers’ country. She was born in Esperance, Western Australia and had a very transient lifestyle growing up. Leata left Western Australia in 1989 for a trip around Australia. She now happily resides in Adelaide. Leata has experience working in both the private and government sectors and in 1997 graduated from the University of South Australia with a diploma in Aboriginal Community Administration. She holds a strong passion and commitment to ensure improved reconciliation outcomes for the whole Aboriginal community. Leata is married with two lovely children.

Leata joined the Adelaide City Council in May 2010 as the Reconciliation Officer. Her role includes providing executive support to the ACC Reconciliation Committee, recruitment and mentoring of Aboriginal trainees, delivery and promotion of Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training, assessment of Reconciliation Grants and is Council’s representative on the NAIDOC SA committee.

Klynton Wanganeen

Klynton Wanganeen is the descendant of the Narungga and Ngarrindjeri nations. Klynton conducted his term in November 2011 as the first Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement in South Australia (SA). In that role he served as a voice for the Aboriginal community in government and provided independent advice to the SA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation. Klynton completed his term as a member of the inaugural board of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples in July 2011.

Klynton has also previously been involved with the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology as the Director of Aboriginal Programs and Policy. Klynton has a long history as an advocate for Aboriginal affairs and an educator. His is currently the chair of the Narungga Nations Investment Company and board member of the SA Congress of Native Title Committee. Previously Klynton has worked in education and was a member of the National VET Indigenous Taskforce, SA Zone Commissioner of ATSIC, Chair of the Patpa Warra Yunti and Regional Council and Chair of the SA Aboriginal Health Partnership.

Klynton currently works as a private consultant.

Robert Dann

Robert Dann is a Yamatji Man, who's connection to country encompasses the wide area from Geraldton on the far west of Australia and extending through the Mid West of Western Australia to Wiluna.

Robert currently has the role of supporting the Aboriginal Health Council workforce and community with Tackling smoking and Healthy Lifestyle initiatives across SA, Robert is currently employed as Tackling Smoking and Healthy Lifestyle Project Officer.

Robert has many years experience as a health care worker and Aboriginal Mental Health Hospital Liaison Officer and 9 years of community - controlled governance experience, including some of that time as Chairperson of the Board of AHCSA.

In his current role at AHCSA, Robert facilitates Community engagement events as well as school education programs to bring about awareness in regards to issues relating to smoking cessation and healthy lifestyle issues.

Robert has extensive life experience and knowledge of living in Aboriginal communities. His governance and clinical experience provides him with extensive knowledge in relation to Aboriginal health workforce issues.

Brenda Underwood

Brenda is an Arabana woman (Her mothers people) from the beautiful desert lands of SA. Brenda has close family ties extending across South Australia and the Northern Territory. Brenda is one of 9 children and has 3 adult children and many grannies. There is nothing more special to Brenda than family and going back to Country.

Brenda has spent many years working in various roles in the disability sector. She is passionate about closing the gap and advocating for those who are not heard.


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