Job Description: The manager is responsible to the Wangka Maya Board of Directors for the overall running of the organisation.
Background: I am a Yinhawangka woman from the Gobawarrah (Ashburton) area, I was born in Roebourne my family was forced to relocate to the Onslow native welfare reserve where we grew up. I have spent over 30 years managing Government and Non-Government organisations in WA and have a Batchelor of Social Work, Arts (Social Science) and honours in Australian Indigenous cultural studies and research from Curtin University. During the past few years I have been working with Dr Margaret Florey on recording and reclaiming my mothers work in Yinhawangka language and have been blessed to secure the manager’s position here at Wangka Maya.
Position: Administration Officer
Job Description: My role is to manage the administration section of Wangka Maya and keep everything running with regards to accounts, invoices, ordering, payroll, supplies and vehicles.
Background: I am a Bardi woman from One Arm Point in the Kimberleys. I have lived in Hedland since 1992. I have worked in administration roles at Wangka Maya since 1999. I have studied business administration and computing at Pilbara TAFE.
Position: Administration Assistant
Job Description: I have been working at Wangka Maya since 2015, I started working as a temporary office worker, but now I am working fulltime as the Admin Assistant. I help run the Administration side of Wangka Maya, by assisting the Manager and Admin Officer. I also look after reception and assist other Staff Members with office support.
Background: I am a Nyul Nyul woman, from Beagle Bay in the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley’s.
I was born and raised in Port Hedland. I went to school in the Hedland area, completed Business Studies at Pundulmurra College. Most of my employment history has been in the admin and office area.
Position: Language Consultant
Job Description: My position at Wangka Maya is to: Facilitate & Support Wangka Maya intercultural events; Support Wangka Maya Language Groups; Support Wangka Maya history and culture tours and projects; Under take language worker training, Under take training in digital technology and Participate in Wangka Maya collection workshop.
Background: My name is Nola Nelson. I am Njaki-Njaki a women born in Kellerberrin (wheat belt) in Western Australia. I was brought up on Merredin Reserve until I was seven years old, which was established in 1961 the year I was born. In 1970’s, my mother relocated to Perth for better opportunities and lifestyle. In 1980 I work in different Aboriginal hostel as a domestic cleaner. In the 1990’s I moved to South Hedland to further my education and was enrolled at Pundulmurra College. I was residential student staying on campus during my studies at Pundulmurra College. I returned to Port Hedland in 2013 and work at Bloodwood Tree as a carer at sober up centre as well working as patrol services.
Profile: I grew up on a farm in rural Colorado, USA. When I was 18 I moved to Stockton, California to earn my batchelor’s degree in French literature and Mandarin. At 22 I moved to Shangai, China to continue my Mandarin studies and work on a master’s degree of sociology. During my time in Shangai I became fascinated with the local language, Shanghainese. For my MA dissertation I researched local language attitudes towards Shanghainese, as the language is being used less frequently by the younger generation. In 2017 I decided to continue my studies and learn an additional master’s degree in Language Documentation and Description from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I am thrilled to be working as a linguist with Wangka Maya and strive to aid the Pilbara language community as much as I can.