Valda Shannon

Community Researcher
Valda Shannon

About Valda

Valda Napurrula Shannon Wandaparri is a Walpiri/Warumungu woman who has been living and working in Jurnkurakurr (Tennant Creek) since 1992.

Valda has completed Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development from Curtin University in 2000 and also Bachelor of Arts and Education Deakin University 1987. Valda has also completed training through the National Accreditation Authority for Translator’s and Interpreters as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Valda worked as a teacher at Ali Curung School in 1986 – 1992 and became Assistant Principal in training at the same school.

Valda’s most recent work has included writing culturally relevant programs for the Mental Health Association of Central Australian Suicide Prevention initiative (based in Alice Springs) which led her to draw on culture to connect with communities and presented her work in New York at the United Nations Indigenous Forum in 2014 on the importance of addressing suicide through cultural practices in Indigenous Communities.

Valda has also had her stories incorporated in a book titled ‘Womens Voices’ as part of the International Womens Conference in Bejing, China in 1995.

Valda’s focus is ‘Walking in confidence in two worlds’ embedding Indigenous culture within education, employment and processes to strengthen her community.

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Djuwalpi Marika

Djuwalpi Marika

Community Co-Rresearcher
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Aurelie Girard

Aurelie Girard

Project Coordinator
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Valda Shannon

Valda Shannon

Community Researcher
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Simon Fisher

Simon Fisher

Community Research Leader
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Dr Eliani Boton

Dr Eliani Boton

Mentor and Engagement Officer (2016)
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Yalmay Yunupingu

Yalmay Yunupingu

Community Co-Researcher
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Jimmy Langdon

Jimmy Langdon

Male Mentor in Community Education Engagement
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Seraine Namundja

Seraine Namundja

Community Liaison Officer
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Keresi Motonicocoka

Keresi Motonicocoka

Administration and Finance Officer
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Assoc. Prof James Smith

Assoc. Prof James Smith

Program Manager
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Millie Olcay

Millie Olcay

Community Engagement Leader
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Rosemary Gundjarranbuy

Rosemary Gundjarranbuy

Manager - Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw Indigenous Corporation
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Dean Yibarbuk

Dean Yibarbuk

Mentor and Engagement Officer
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Dr Bronwyn Rossingh

Dr Bronwyn Rossingh

Community Engagement Leader
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Cat Street

Cat Street

Evaluation Coordinator
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Geoffrey Shannon

Geoffrey Shannon

Indigenous Education Community Researcher
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Elizabeth Katakarinja

Elizabeth Katakarinja

Community co-researcher & facilitator in Education Engagement
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Dr Lisa Watts

Dr Lisa Watts

Community Engagement Leader
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Professor Steven Larkin

Professor Steven Larkin

Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership (2009-2016)
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Allison Stewart

Allison Stewart

Strategic Priority Projects Manager
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Beulah Mewura Munyarryun

Beulah Mewura Munyarryun

Mentor - Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw Indigenous Corporation
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Dr Terry Moore

Dr Terry Moore

Teacher Liaison's Leader (2016)
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Donna Stephens

Donna Stephens

Teacher Liaison's Leader (2015), Digital Strategy Advisor (2016)
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Dr Anne Lowell

Dr Anne Lowell

Evaluation & Research Advisor
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David Scholz

David Scholz

Mentor and Community Engagment (2016)
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Dr Elaine L. Maypilama

Dr Elaine L. Maypilama

Community Research Leader
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Dr Matalena Tofa

Dr Matalena Tofa

Mentor and Enrichment Officer (2014-2015)
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Cedric Egan

Cedric Egan

Education Team Leader (2015-2016)
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Peta Fraser

Peta Fraser

Mentor and Enrichment Officer (2014-2016)
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Gabrielle Egan

Gabrielle Egan

Education Team Leader (2015)
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Jamie Hagan

Jamie Hagan

Mentor and Enrichment Officer (2014-2015)
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Kaade Green

Kaade Green

Mentor (2015)
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Serina Namarnyilk

Serina Namarnyilk

Mentor (2015)
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30 January 2017

Whole of Community Engagement Initiative

Whole of Community Engagement Initiative

The Whole of Community Engagement (WCE) initiative has been operating through the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University for the past two and half years.

23 January 2017

Evaluating WCE

We have been working hard with our partners and stakeholders to get feedback and to document and share our key findings and achievements.

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