In this video Kerry White, born in Port Augusta, shares her remarkable journey of over 30 years working with Aboriginal communities across Australia.
Growing up as a 'fringe dweller' due to her mixed heritage, she emphasises the importance of education and work for self-sustainability. Kerry's experiences include surviving fallout from Maralinga, pursuing nursing, and later transitioning into youth work and health programs.
She highlights community initiatives she led, such as bringing agencies together to address crime rates and assisting Aboriginal youth in job training programs. Kerry's efforts extended to health worker training, collaboration with the Aboriginal Health Council, and involvement with a mining company to create job opportunities. Despite facing funding challenges, she emphasises the effectiveness of community-driven programs over larger organisations.
Despite facing setbacks, Kerry remains steadfast in her belief that authentic change emanates from within communities rather than larger bureaucratic structures. She draws attention to the genuine impact achieved when individuals at the grassroots level actively contribute to the development and well-being of their communities. Kerry's story not only sheds light on the challenges faced by Aboriginal communities but also underscores the resilience and determination required to instigate positive transformation from the ground up.
Kerry's story showcases the impact of grassroots efforts in Aboriginal communities, challenging the notion that positive change must come from larger organisations or government bodies.