The Inala Wangarra Board of directors consists of local Indigenous and up to two non Indigenous people that are elected by the members at each Annual General Meeting. The current Inala Wangarra Board members are:
Uncle Albert Holt – President
At 73 years of age, Albert Holt is a respected Aboriginal Elder from Inala in Brisbane’s south-west. He grew up at Cherbourg mission after his family was forcibly removed from their home, overcoming adversity to become a respected role model.
Towards the end of 2001 Uncle Albert Holt retired from full time work. His last employment was with the Queensland Police Service, where he worked for more than seven years. Upon retirement, he became more engaged with the Brisbane community. Along with other distinguished Aboriginal Elders, he was integral in establishing the Queensland Murri Courts, which is a voluntary service. He has seen the Murri Courts expand to seventeen throughout Queensland. This has been possible because of the invaluable contributions of the Elders.
For most of his life, Uncle Albert Holt has been passionately committed to encouraging all students to maximise the educational opportunities that are available to them—encouraging them to seek educational pathways which will benefit themselves, their community, and above all, their country.
In acknowledgement for his community work he was awarded the 2005 NAIDOC Week National Male Elder of the year.
In 2007, he was awarded the Queensland Premier’s Senior Citizen Community Volunteer Award. In 2009 he was a Queensland finalist for the Australia Day Senior Citizen Award. In his local suburb of Inala, a Community Housing development has been named the Uncle Albert Holt Terraces. In 2013 he was selected as an Australia Day Ambassador. Uncle Albert is also the author of “Forcibly Removed” an inspirational autobiography telling of the triumph of a family living on Cherbourg Mission, Queensland, in mid-20th century Australia.
Corey Kirk – Vice President
Corey Kirk is currently a Health Worker with the Inala Indigenous Health Service and comes to Inala Wangarra with over a decade of experience as a local Police Liaison Officer. Corey works tirelessly to engage Indigenous men in healthy, inclusive and positive activities through the Inala Indigenous Men’s Group.
Dr Chelsea Bond – Treasurer
Dr Chelsea Bond (nee Watego) is an Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman and descendant of the Munanjahli people of Beaudesert. Born and raised in Brisbane, Dr Bond has worked in the field of Indigenous health for over a decade as an Aboriginal Health Worker, Researcher and Lecturer across a number of urban and rural Indigenous communities across south east Queensland.
She first graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Applied Health Science in 1998, aged only 19 and was a Queensland Health Rural Health Scholarship holder. She went on to graduate with First Class Honours in 2001 for her thesis examining the impact of racism and social exclusion on health outcomes in a rural Aboriginal community. In 2007, Chelsea was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Queensland’s School of Population Health, with a thesis that critically examined the construction of Aboriginality within public health practice. Her research focused on highlighting the cultural strengths of the community she calls home (Inala) and was named on the Dean’s Commendation List for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Theses.
Over the years Dr Bond has had her work published in many key health and medical research journals and has won numerous scholarships and awards including more recently, the National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year (2009). Dr Bond has dedicated a lot of time to voluntary work within her own community. Dr Bond is a strong advocate for Indigenous health improvement and believes that strength-based approaches to Indigenous health practice and community development, tackling social disadvantage and engaging with Indigenous notions of health and wellness are critical to achieving that outcome. Dr Bond is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, UQ.
Sissy Tyson – Secretary
Claudette (Sissy) Tyson has extensive community experience and is currently the a Researcher at Inala Indigenous Health Service. Sissy is new to Inala Wangarra’s Board but has been a passionate and committed participant of Inala Wangarra activities for over a decade.