Wellbeing Theme Panellist
Aunty Pam is a Yorta Yorta woman and an Elder of the Victorian Aboriginal community. She is the daughter of Pastor Sir Douglas and Lady Nicholls who fought for the struggle of all Aboriginal people.
Aunty Pam is a very active woman taking part in many community events as well as being on various committees. Her passion is working for her people and is employed by Jesuit Social Services working with young people and their families who have come in contact with the criminal justice system as well as working in a capacity building role.
Aunty Pam is an Elder sitting on the various Koorie Courts in Melbourne a position which she has held since 2005. She is also a Community Member of the Adult Parole Board of Melbourne.
Aunty Pam at the age of 50 years started looking at herself and her health by walking to send out a message to other Aboriginal people that they need to take care of their health through regular exercise and healthy diets.
She is a keen sportsperson and a role model and an inspiration to all who know her. Aunty Pam has represented Victoria and World Masters Games in many sporting activities such as swimming, running half marathons, triathlons, open water swimming and yachting events.
Her achievements are –
. Australia Day – Federal Award
. 2005 NAIDOC National Sportsperson of the Year
. Taking part in the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games as well as a participant in the Baton Relay
. Winner Melbourne to Devonport Yacht Race 1996
. World and Australian Masters Swimming 2002, 2005
. Victorian and Gold Coast Half Marathons 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012
. Gatorade Triathlon series 2003-2004, 2004 -2005
. Koorie Women Mean Business Awards 1997, 2002 and 2004
Aunty Pam holds positions as a –
. Board member of the Aborigines Advancement League
. Children’s Koorie Court Reference Group
. County Koorie Court of Victoria Reference Group
. Tarwirri Elders and Respected Panel
. Nillumbik Reconciliation Group
. Ambassador for the Indigenous Marathon Project
A quote which Aunty Pam says is –
Age is no barrier – “If you dream it – you can achieve it”