FPDN Deputy CEO and Gumbaynggirr Dunghutti woman June Riemer was recently honoured for her life’s work, dedicated to creating systemic change to improve the lives of First Peoples with disability, as this year’s winner of the 2021 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award.
A true and humble champion for our people, June is using this honour to create a platform for change, speaking in the media about the extreme disadvantage experienced by First Peoples with disability and how much more needs to be done to address the barriers to meaningful improvement in their lives.
Raised by strong and fierce women and advocates, this little girl from the bush with her big dreams, hard work, passion, and commitment to change for our communities is now a leader and a change-maker, playing an integral role in solidifying the growth and continuing strength of FPDN the only Peak National Representative body for First Peoples with disability. June’s message to all young girls and women with big dreams is clear:
June has worked in the sector for over 40 years and leads and inspires a dedicated team of staff showing exceptional leadership as considerable changes occur nationally in the disability sector. She has led multiple national conferences and training workshops with the goal of ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people do not get left behind, are included and have culturally appropriate access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.