WA POLICE Force officers Detective Senior Constable Shanyn Morrison and Senior Constable Paulette Brown have joined 18 other WA Aboriginal women who are completing a five-month leadership program.
The first Yorga Djenna Bidi Program for 2020, which began last week, is a key leadership program run by the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI). WAALI first launched the program in 2015.
Yorga Djenna Bidi (which is Noongar for: women walking forward together) brings Aboriginal women together from across different backgrounds, ages, occupations, identities, experiences and education. This diversity allows participants to learn from each other, as well as from a range of key speakers and facilitators.
Det. SC Morrison joined the WA Police Force as a cadet at the age of 17 years. “I’ve always aspired to be a role model and mentor for other Indigenous people,” she said. “Working with the community is important, and I’m sure this opportunity will have a positive impact on my confidence and capacity to lead, and to build networks with those working in other sectors who hold similar aspirations.”
SC Brown said the program aims to build a community of strong, skilled Aboriginal women leaders whose influence can help to shape families and communities throughout WA. “In my work with WA Police Force Aboriginal Cadets, the cultural content and context interwoven into the program will be of enormous value,” she said.