I feel honoured and deeply moved that these scholarships should be named after me. I am pleased and gratified that over the years I have been involved in Indigenous education.
I have seen Indigenes increasingly emerging with tertiary degrees and that I have played a part in development gives me great satisfaction indeed. The seeds my colleagues on the National Aboriginal Education Committee and I have sown in the past have had a positive flow on effect today and will continue far into the future. For example, I was lucky to receive an education at a time with Aborigines were excluded from white schools.
I was inspired by my mother, a strong character and a well-educated woman for that point in time who saw the value of a good education. She instilled in me that education is a right not a privilege and it is this belief that has motivated me all these years in encouraging Indigenous participation in education.