DKA welcomes Atlantic Fellow Maggie Kavanagh
Mar 27, 2018
Services: Desert Knowledge Precinct
Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity, Maggie Kavanagh, joins the Precinct.
DKA is proud to welcome Maggie Kavanagh to the Desert Knowledge Precinct. Maggie is an Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity whose work focuses on growing a generation of collaborative leaders to help Indigenous communities prosper.
Working in partnership with Aboriginal people, Maggie aims to establish a leadership and governance knowledge centre in Alice Springs. It will become a learning hub bringing people together to develop and strengthen their knowledge, skills, practice and confidence to govern and manage their own communities, organisations, councils, shires and other agencies.
Maggie began her career as a school teacher in a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory where she learnt to speak Pitjantjatjara. Since then she has lived and worked in many remote Aboriginal communities in Central and Western Australia and the East Kimberley.
Her career includes 16 years as the CEO of the NPY Women’s Council in Central Australia and four years as the Coordinator of the Wiluna Regional Partnership Agreement. She was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 2006 and was part of the fellowship involved facilitating five Aboriginal people from Central Australia to examine First Nation solvent misuse treatment centres in Canada and Alaska.
Through her roles, Maggie has experienced first-hand the day-to-day reality of living in remote communities. She is passionate about supporting Aboriginal people to have more control over decision making and a greater stake in the governance and management of their communities. She believes that “unless there are greater efforts to develop Aboriginal people’s leadership and governance knowledge from remote desert communities, we will be having the same conversation in ten years.”
As an independent consultant, Maggie has been engaged by numerous Aboriginal communities and organisations and government departments to work in the fields of community development, governance training and capacity building.
DKA welcomes Maggie to the Precinct and looks forward to supporting her inspiring work.