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WA’s Aboriginal Person of the Year 2018

The achievements of this incredible woman are truly inspiring and her passion is unwavering in championing positive change to strengthen Aboriginal communities.

Gail Allison is a Yamaji woman born in Geraldton, who has lived and worked in Wiluna for 21 years, but grew up, went to school, and started her working life in the Goldfields, still classing Kalgoorlie as home.

Since beginning her working life in the Department of Welfare, Ms Allison has been a true trailblazer as a youth mentor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s WA Aboriginal Leadership Program and becoming the first female chair of the Western Desert Community.

Recently named Aboriginal Person of the Year in the Western Australian of the Year Awards 2018, Ms Allison is already utilising this platform to further her message to lobby for improved health care for the elderly in the northern Goldfields.

Affectionately known as ‘Aunty Gail’, her community work has reverberated for years across Laverton, Leonora, Kalgoorlie, Wiluna, Perth and Geraldton. Gail is motivated by a philosophy that, as a community Elder, she has a duty to set an example that inspires others, encourages change and helps each person in the community reach their full potential.

A trail of important work for long-term strengthening of Aboriginal communities includes her involvement in the Government’s Drug, Alcohol and Petrol Sniffing Prevention Programs, as well as establishing a program to foster strong bonds between mothers and their children. Gail has served on the Board of the National Aboriginal Health Organisation for almost two decades.

Gail gives her time generously as a teacher, mentor, coach and confidante to principals, teachers, allied health workers and interns throughout Australia. She also devotes her time and energy to helping under-privileged children and youth, as well as those in need. Gail donates meat, vegetables and other produce from her farm to schools, Food Bank and elderly citizens.

Gail Allison says she has always had a passion for helping those less privileged and her energy has helped to shape a stronger and more compassionate Australia.

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