Kimberley Female Leaders Gather Together

 Participants and leaders at the 2015 Smarter than Smoking Kimberley Young Women’s Leadership Camp

Participants and leaders at the 2015 Smarter than Smoking Kimberley Young Women’s Leadership Camp

On October 23rd over 34 young Indigenous women gathered from the East and West Kimberley to participate in the 2015 Smarter than Smoking Kimberley Young Women’s Leadership Camp which Garnduwa holds annually at El Questro Station. This was one of the largest groups of participants we have had which demonstrates the great desire of the young women of the Kimberley to become leaders in their communities and to develop the skills necessary to work towards that goal. The camp provides opportunities for the young women to not only enhance the leadership skills they already possess but to learn a series of new leadership skills that will aide in their own personal development and leadership potential.

This year the young ladies participated in various sessions throughout the weekend which focused on leadership in sport, team building, healthy eating, drug and alcohol awareness, problem solving, art and cultural awareness and gaining a better understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Although the camp is only held over a weekend every day is full of great learning opportunities and allows the women to build strong bonds with one another, particularly with women from different regions. One of the highlights of this year’s camp was having a past participant, Jofran Hunter, come back to join us and assist as a young leader.

The Leadership Camp would not have been able to be such a success and touch so many young women’s lives without the volunteers who made up our camp staff from Broome Youth Family Hub, Save the Children, Broome Girls Academy, Department of Sport and Recreation, Halls Creek Youth Services and the Western Australian Police. We would like to thank you for volunteering your time and sharing your leadership knowledge with all the young women.

Once again a huge thank you goes out to El Questro Station for their long term support of and commitment to hosting this camp and to Healthway for their sponsorship.