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Tuesday, 27 September 2011 16:47

Pride of Australia award for WA Sister

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One of WA's unsung heroes, Theresa is a valued person in her community, who is called upon to help out in all sorts of situations. She conducts drug and alcohol programs in the community.

When receiving this award, Theresa said, "I want to pay tribute to all the Sisters who have lived and worked in the Kimberley since 1964 and I accept the award on behalf of all with whom I now work. Together we try to educate and build a better future for all Aboriginal people in remote areas of Australia."

In 1973 Theresa ent to the Kimberley where she taught in schools in Wyndham and Kununurra before she and Sister Clare Ahern began the school in Warmun.

In the last few years, Theresa has worked as the Warmun Social Service Coordinator. She was appointed to this position by the Warmun Community. In this position Theresa works closely with an Aboriginal psychologist and with social service agencies based in Kununurra.

In 2008, Theresa was awarded an Order or Australia medal (OAM) to acknowledge her work in the Warmun community. In March this year, Theresa lost her unit and all her belongings in the flash floods that devastated the Warmun community. During this time Theresa provided outstanding support and leadership in the community as the people began to realize the enormity of their loss.

You can read more about the Warmun community here and Sister Theresa here.