Farewell to Fiona, Ben and Caro
In this edition we say goodbye to three very valued KJ staff members.
Fiona Webb otherwise fondly known as Princess, leaves us after six years with the organisation. Fiona has been involved in many and varied work ranging from running the training program for ranger teams, working as a field coordinator with the Punmu women and more recently collecting oral histories with the Puntura-ya Ninti team. And all of that after working as a teacher at Punmu prior to KJ!
We will all miss her and would like to thank her for all the effort and dedication she has given to KJ over the years. We hope that she will take with her plenty of wonderful memories and experiences as she starts a new position in Alice Springs. We wish her the best for her next adventure.
Ben Deslandes and Caro Bird have also finished up as ranger coordinators in Punmu. Ben built up the Punmu men’s team and empowered them to be an independent ranger team able to do trips without him.
He continually involved the old people at Punmu. Whether it is doing planning on a claypan or running the camp south of Lake Dora, he has always sought to include them and respect their cultural authority. Ben connected strongly with the young rangers and helped them step up to work on their own.
Caro has also done a huge amount for the organisation. Initially in the background setting up our workplace healthy and safety system and putting in place arrangements for medi-vacs through BHP Billiton before moving on to working with the rangers and running the high school ranger program. Both Ben and Caro will be missed by all of KJ and in particular Martu in Punmu where they have built strong relationships that will last for many years.
In the interim Steve Hamilton, who has been responsible for setting up the casual Bidyadanga ranger team, is coordinating the Punmu ranger teams. The new ranger coordinators for Punmu are expected to start mid-August.