Avery Supports First Nation’s youth.
Cultural sensitivity warning: First Nations Peoples should be aware that this page contains the image and name of a person who has passed away.
Thank you for purchasing Avery labels. $1 from this specially stickered pack has been donated to the Pauline E. McLeod Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to creating opportunities for the next generation.
Where is your donation going?
The Pauline E. McLeod Foundation is proud to be directing these Avery donations to the Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health. These funds are being used to provide financial support to one eligible psychology student to help address the significant crisis in First Nations mental health.
Dr Tracy Westerman launched the Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health in 2019 to address the significant gap between the needs of Indigenous communities and access to clinical and culturally skilled psychologists. This innovative scholarship program provides eligible psychology students with $10,000 to help with study, living and transport costs, affording vital financial assistance at any stage of their undergraduate or postgraduate degree.
By eliminating the very real financial barrier for Indigenous students to study, Dr Westerman’s scholarship program aims to facilitate the training of more Indigenous psychologists skilled in Indigenous-specific mental health, suicide prevention and intervention programs, ultimately taking their experience back to the most disadvantaged, high-risk communities to facilitate real change.
“According to Government statistics, First Nations Australians die by suicide at a rate twice higher than the non-First Nations Australians. It breaks our hearts that First Nations children are the highest risk group. 75% of child suicides between 2007 and 2011 were First Nations children. Our own Pauline, who inspires us every day, was also taken this way.” says Roderick McLeod, Chairman, Mandura.
Our inspiration and motivation.
Pauline E. McLeod was born in Delegate, Southern NSW. She was a member of the Stolen Generation and was removed from her natural family in 1962 aged 18 months. In 1986 she returned home and became an author, poet, master storyteller, cultural learning educator, director and performer.
Pauline from Play School.
Popularly known as Pauline from Play School, Pauline was one of the first First Nations performers to appear regularly on a nation-wide television show in Australia. Throughout her lifetime Pauline presented her Cultural Learning stories at schools, working with children and youth from preschool to high school grades. She was also a guest lecturer in Aboriginal Studies at TAFE colleges and universities throughout New South Wales and a storyteller at the Opera House, Australian Museum and the National Gallery in Canberra.
Creating the Pauline E. McLeod Foundation.
Roderick McLeod, Pauline’s brother, is the Founder of the Pauline E. McLeod Foundation. Under his leadership the Foundation seeks to continue Pauline’s journey of building acceptance, understanding and healing with a focus on creating positive opportunities for the next generations. The Foundation’s focus areas include First Nations mental health, entrepreneurship and education as well as positive employment opportunities for First Nations Australians.
Image: Pauline E. McLeod
Image: Roderick McLeod, Pauline’s brother and Chairman of Mandura.
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