'I was asked to be a godmother to a girl who lives in Cape York, so I went up for a four-day break to participate in the christening… While I was there I met some locals who were interested in my corporate work and thought that it could be applicable to indigenous communities. I had never even been to an Indigenous community, but when I met the Elders, the conversations just flowed.' Annalise Jennings
Annalise Jennings - 'Kili'
Annalise as the principal of Dynamic Exchange has over 25 years experience in senior roles in financial services and other sectors including property and small business.
Annalise is an experienced facilitator and has led business and community transformation in project management in large organisations and has an extensive background in risk management, community and organisational culture. This experience has been gained through working in India, Australia & New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Since 2009, Annalise has worked extensively throughout Cape York Indigenous communities facilitating community growth, economic development and environmental sustainability.
Annalise has spoken on transformation and maximising human potential in a variety of business and community forums. She specialises in delivering organisational and community change programs.
'Well, four days became two weeks, and two weeks became three months, and three months became twelve months.
And my executive rang me and he said, “Annalise, are you ever coming home?” And I said, “No. I’ve found the shift. The shift that has impacted me so deeply and so profoundly that I don’t believe that I can ever come back to my corporate job.”
I fell in love with the people and I made the shift from corporate banking to First Nations people.'
Maryann Coconut is a Thanikwithi Elder and Traditional Owner. She is a Councillor of the Napranum Aboriginal Council and Chairperson of the Indigenous Justice Group.
As Councillor of the Napranum Aboriginal community, Maryann’s responsibilities include education and social services. She believes education is essential to community progress. She has led the way in completing a Bachelor of Community Management at Macquarie University in New South Wales.
Maryann is an Honorary Board Member of the Universal One and Center of Intuitive Broadcasting. This position was awarded in honour of her tireless pursuance of the development and inspired evolution of cultural, social and economic shifts, as evidenced by the Aboriginal Community of Napranum.
Maryann is a Mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Maryann believes, “We [the people] are the Caretakers of this Land; given to us by the Creator Spirit who is the Creator. We acknowledge Him to-day with adoration and thanksgiving.
We the Elders are the Gate Keepers. This is an age old role given to us by our Ancestors. Our knowledge and wisdom of our country is still strong; and will remain invisible and well guarded in our spirit till we die. Our spirit will pass this knowledge on to the next Elder in line.”
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