NAIDOC SA Commitee

Scharlene Lamont - Chairperson

Joyleen Thomas

Crystal Sumner

Marilyn Walters

Donald Hayward

Mr Don Hayward is a Noongar Man who moved to Adelaide in 1983 and is currently Pastor of the Aboriginal Berean Community Church located at Cheltenham.
He is Married to Kali Hayward and has four children; Joshua, Caleb, Isaac and Cassiah.

Don has been organising for the last four years, the SA NAIDOC Week Ecumenical Church Service, firstly with Aunty Lowitja Donoghue and now Mrs Vonda Last. 
So for the last four years has been seconded onto the SA NAIDOC Week Committee.

"I Look forward to this SA NAIDOC Week in highlighting the incredible contribution Aboriginal women have made to the community and Church, past, present and in the future. ‘Because Of Her We Can’. God bless! Pastor Don".


Joanne Leonello

"I’m a Barngarla woman who lives and works in Adelaide.  
I am particularly excited about the 2018 theme, Because of Her, We Can, as I have previously worked in the women’s sector for a number of years, and have been inspired by many amazing women in my work and in the community.

I am happy to be involved with NAIDOC SA this year and look forward to NAIDOC Week!"


Bruce Hammond

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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