Farewell from the CEO
In late December, I will be stepping down as CEO after nearly nine years working with KJ in various roles.
In that time there have been many changes and there has been much to celebrate. I have been privileged to have seen the first mankarr (Bilby) work and ranger teams in 2009 through to KJ receiving a highly commended award at the Indigenous Governance Awards in Sydney last week.
In that time KJ has worked with Martu to fulfill the aspirations of the elders to look after country – to go back to country; to take their young people back to country and to teach them about their country and culture; and to look after the country. Underpinning the above was the desire to provide new pathways for young Martu based on Martu strengths and assets.
KJ is a living example of reconciliation in action – Martu and whitefellas respecting each other and working together supported by our funders and partners who have been prepared to back KJ and Martu in building a future for Martu communities. We should all be proud of what has been achieved.
I am leaving for personal reasons so that I can spend more time with my family but I will always have with me a bit of Martu and KJ in my heart and will, where I can, continue to support you in your work.
I am confident that KJ is in good hands and that the organisation will continue to thrive.
To the elders and other Martu that I have been fortunate to meet and work with, to funders and partners and finally to other KJ staff, I would like to say thank you for everything you have taught me and for all your support over the years.
Nyaparu (Peter) See