Hillarys resident a finalist in the 2019 West Australian of the Year Awards

Dawn Wallam is a finalist for the Aboriginal Award in the 2019 West Australian of the Year Awards.
Dawn Wallam is a finalist for the Aboriginal Award in the 2019 West Australian of the Year Awards.

DAWN Wallam is a proud Bibbelmun Wadandi woman who has made a difference in the lives of Aboriginal children for more than 40 years.

As the chief executive of Yorganup and chairwoman of Nyoongar Outreach Services, the Hillarys resident works alongside families to increase community and cultural knowledge in responding to the over-representation of Aboriginal children and families in the child protection system.

Helping kids to flourish is central to every decision she makes, and is evident in her campaigning for child welfare at all levels, including local, state, national and international forums.

She was recently recognised at the 2018 Community Services Excellence Awards where she was inducted into the state’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

Ms Wallam is now a finalist for the Aboriginal Award in the 2019 West Australian of the Year Awards, alongside Glen Kelly, Glenda Kickett and Irene Stainton.

The awards, to be announced on May 31 at a gala dinner ahead of the WA Day long weekend, include 28 finalists across seven categories – Aboriginal, Arts and Culture, Business, Community, Professions, Sport and Youth – with an overall winner also to be announced.

“The Awards are an important way for everyone to come together and acknowledge the contribution the finalists have made in their chosen fields, and the significant positive difference they have made to the lives of others,” Celebrate WA chairman Michael Anghie said.

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