Profile of Chandel Eyre – Managing Director
Chandel started her career as a Drug and Alcohol counsellor, from there she worked within the Education sector strongly focusing and supporting linkages between Industry and Community especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her passion, dedication and drive to build partnerships and assist the community as a whole to improve and provide positive outcomes is her reason for founding Empowering Community Strategy and is always forefront in the services she provides.
Profile of Derek Collins – Project Coordinator/Mentor
Derek Collins is a Goreng Goreng Man who has dedicated the last 20 years ensuring Aboriginal and Torrres Strait Islander people have a supported environment in the home,work and community.
Derek has worked with the Aboriginal Legal Service, Program Developer for Youth Justice, Boystown and Child Safety.
Derek has developed Cultural Workshops & Traditional Games, he has had his work published in Poverty, Poverty Alleviation and Social Disadvantage. We are proud to have him as our Project Coordinator and Mentor.
Profile of Arthur Isaacs – ECS Mentor
Arthur is a Toorabul Elder and was one of the 1st Aboriginal Lifesavers in Maroochydore (Black Swan Country) and was a member for over 20 years from mid 1960- late 1980. Arthur worked as an Apprentice Carpenter with Public Works Department and worked on the 1st Black Housing Project. Arthur continued his career as a Carpenter in Mornington Shire on the CDEP project.
He worked with Aboriginal Community in Brisbane, supervising excavation of Aboriginal Graves on Suncorp Stadium ensuring they were carried out in accordance with agreement of Government, Developers & Traditional Elders.
Arthur had continued to work with Aboriginal Community to develop strong holds in society and we are proud to have him as a part of our mentoring team.
Profile of Duncan Williams – ECS Consultant
Duncan was born in Beaudesert, and raised in Cleveland. He is a Munnunjali man from the Yugumbeh language group (Beaudesert). After completing his year 10 at Cleveland high school, Duncan has had a varied career life starting out as an upholsterer, 9 years in Army service, construction worker, youth co-ordinator, manager of community housing company, 8 years in the Department of Families as a resource officer for child protection.
Duncan was the Senior Consultant in the Queensland Government for delivery of the Mura Ama Wakaana – People Working Together: 39269QLD Course in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural Awareness training package, commenced work with the Government in 1996. He has delivered his own style of Cultural Awareness for 20 years, to many thousands of Queensland public sector employees, and non Government agencies and its success, growth and demand can be directly attributed to Duncan’s passion and high commitment to the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Peter Tydd – Mentor Chinchilla
Peter Tydd family is Kamilaroi, Koama & Manindanji people with a wealth of knowledge within construction, Peter is a valuable member of our mentoring program within Chinchilla region.
Profile of Joseph Wallace – Trainer & Assessor
Joseph Wallace is from the Jirrabal Aboriginal Rainforest people in Far North Queensland and Juru Aboriginal Traditional Owners in Bowen North Queensland. He is trained and fully aware of the need for proper negotiation and consultation with local Indigenous Communities, organisations, individuals and all other stakeholders on Government Policies and issues pertaining to them, such as sensitively and indirect questioning.
Joseph can strengthen foundations to create an environment that supports Indigenous Economic Development, help and assist the investment in Education for Indigenous Communities.
Profile of James Alley – Consultant & Cultural Trainer
James is of Aboriginal heritage, a traditional custodian/owner of the Kuku Minni Clan Group (within the Kuku Yelanji Nation) of Cape York, Far North Queensland. He is also a descendant of the Waluwarra and Kalkadoon peoples of North West Queensland. His career history spans up to 20 years in the public sector, being employed across various Government Departments (both Federal and State) with the opportunity of working at regional, remote and national level environments. He has been involved in the development and management of projects and programs that have related to economic development, social inclusion, aged care and health, specifically targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people/communities. He was also engaged as a Strategic Partnership Broker at Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, implementing the Federal Governments education reform and social inclusion agenda to improve education and transitional outcomes for all young people.
Profile of Russell Logan – Trainer
Russell Logan has worked for over 30 years in Indigenous employment, cultural diversity, community organisations, governance, land management and conservation. His expertise lies in the development, implementation and facilitation of cultural awareness and competency training and mentoring programs, across Australia both regionally and remotely for Aboriginal organisations, the corporate sector, not for profits, Federal and State government, non-government agencies, recruitment, employment and registered training organisations.
Russell is a descendant to the Traditional Owners of the Coodjingburra Clan south of the mighty Tweed River of the Bundjalung Nation. Russell is passionate about workforce training and development and takes a keen interest nationally and locally actively contributing as he is the Current Chair and Board Member for the Tweed Aboriginal Co-operative and Minjungbal Aboriginal Museum Trading Company, a Committee Member on the Morley Inquiry into the NSW Aboriginal Lands Act and was the former Chair of the Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council from 2001 – 2008. Russell has been recognised with the NSW Premiers Award for Indigenous Excellence.