Wendi is a Bardi and Jabirr Jabirr woman from Broome and recently graduated with a Masters of Teaching, Secondary Education at UWA.
Wendi joined the MADALAH Family in 2020 when she was awarded a tertiary scholarship; this allowed her to focus on her studies without financial stress. Wendi also joined the MADALAH mentoring program where she soon became a valued team member as well as an amazing role model to the students. Mentoring gave her the opportunity to gain experience working with high school students and encourage them to pursue their career goals just like she has done.
After graduating mid-year in 2021, Wendi came on board as a MADALAH staff member and continued to help our students with their career pathways. At the end of 2021, Wendi had some exciting news to share with MADALAH staff, her family & friends. She had been offered a job as a dance teacher at St Mary’s College in Broome where she graduated as head girl in 2012.
She is well-equipped as she trained for 2 years at a dance school in Sydney prior to starting her university degree. Wendi hopes to pass on some of this knowledge along with Indigenous dance aspects to the next generation of dancers in Broome. Wendi left Broome 10 years ago to further her studies and now that these studies are complete she has returned home to give back to her community.
In the coming years, Wendi hopes to inspire the next generation with the knowledge that will help them flourish in this world and find joy in learning, like she did. Wendi also hopes she can make a difference to Close the Gap in education for Aboriginal people and to see her people excel in the two worlds that they walk in.