The recent Referendum has certainly been the topic of conversation in the circles I mix in. The sentiments of despair, fragility and lost opportunity resound. I want to acknowledge the sorrow and grief many First Nations people are currently experiencing following the result of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice Referendum.
As stated prior to the Referendum: “FRSA’s vision for reconciliation is an Australia in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities are safe, recognised, respected and valued. We are committed to actively listening to the experiences, perspectives and knowledge of First Nations people…..We will continue to support and contribute to Australia’s full reconciliation journey”.
FRSA’s vision and commitment remains resolute.
My thanks to our friends at Emerging Minds for bringing to our attention a range of resources to support children and adults feeling distressed or in need of support in the wake of the Referendum.
As the end of the year looms near, we edge closer to the FRSA AGM which will be held VIRTUALLY on WEDNESDAY, 29 November at 4pm (AEDT). This year’s AGM will also mark a significant shift in FRSA’s governing body with four Board Directors – Glenda Devlin (Chair), Serge Sardo (Treasurer), Judge Matthew Myers and Megan Mitchell reaching the end of their tenure on the FRSA Board. The FRSA Board is in active recruitment phase. I draw your attention to the FRSA Board Director Position Description and accompanying advertisement.