Silver Chain walks together with courage for a unified future
WA Silver Chain staff have walked together with courage around Herdsman Lake to mark National Reconciliation Week and to contribute to a national movement towards a unified future.
Twenty staff attended the walk at the City of Stirling wetland, which was home to the local Noongar people, the Yellagonga, who called the area ‘Ngurgenboro’.
The walked formed part of Silver Chain’s National Reconciliation Week activities, which included a reconciliation talk from proud Whadjuk-Balladong Noongar Elder, Freda Ogilvie.
The 2019 National Reconciliation Week theme, ‘Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage’ encouraged the community to build positive relationships based on truthfulness, and take part in reconciliation events nationwide.
Silver Chain’s Senior Aboriginal Service Consultant, Lesley Alison, drives reconciliation among the community and stakeholders.
“This year represents positive relationships, whether they’re personal, institutional or nation-to-nation, they have to be grounded in truth,” Alison said.
“If we are truthful in our relationships, we can all walk together with courage to face our past.”
Silver Chain works in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop leadership, enhance respect and understanding, and to create and leverage mutually beneficial opportunities.
“The Silver Chain Reconciliation Action Plan actions include training, cultural awareness and better policies to recruit and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Lesley added.
“The plan follows Reconciliation Australia’s well-established themes of relationships, respect and opportunities, which align with Silver Chain’s organisational values of care, community, integrity and excellence.”
National Reconciliation Week runs from May 27 to June 3, marking two milestones in Australia's reconciliation journey - the 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively.
Rod Mifflin from Western Australian Gould League with Silver Chain staff
31 May 2019
Hannah Campbell | Communications Officer
T 08 9208 8310 | E Hannah.Campbell@silverchain.org.au
About Silver Chain Group
We are a not-for-profit organisation delivering community health and care services across Australia. We help people of all ages to receive the care they need to remain happy and healthy at home.
We have a proud history of serving Australians for over 110 years in Western Australia and more than 120 years as RDNS in South Australia. We currently deliver our services in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
With over 4,000 staff and 130 volunteers, we assist more than 100,000 people to remain living in their homes and community every year.
For more information, please see silverchain.org.au.