INDIGENOUS women’s role in our cultural, social and political survival has often been invisible, unsung or diminished.
But Miss NAIDOC finalist Tisheena Alvisse-Ryder, a 30-year-old Yamatji Wudjarri woman, is out to show the world that “you can do anything and be anything if you work hard and believe in yourself”.
The Cloverdale resident worked for Nyoongar Outreach Services, formally Noongar Patrol, as a youth engagement worker for five years and has now set her sights on helping women and children through domestic violence as a volunteer with Starick.
Ms Alvisse-Ryder said whether she was crowned Miss NAIDOC or not it did not matter as she was proud in knowing she had overcome many of her fears and tried her best.
“I am very passionate about helping my people; getting them back on their feet and giving them the confidence to be who they want to be,” she said.
“Growing up, I saw my family, my cousins, nieces and even my friends struggle with drug and alcohol addition and come through the other side.
“Participating in Miss NAIDOC, to me is honouring my mum and nana who was part of the stolen generation, in standing strong and empowering others in my family and communities with the skills I have learnt.”
Miss NAIDOC, a six-week Empowerment and Leadership program, aims to provide young Aboriginal and Torres Strait women with the opportunity to develop personal confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to determine their own potential, set personal and professional goals and strengthen their public presentation skills.
WHAT: Miss NAIDOC Perth Crowning 2018
WHERE: Astral Theatre, Crown Perth
WHEN: May 26 at 7.00pm