About


Since opening in 1981, Yappera Children’s Service Co-Operative Ltd has been providing high quality, culturally grounded and holistic health and education programs. Yappera, meaning “Belonging Place”, is a gathering, learning and wellbeing space for Aboriginal children and their parents, carers, families and community in Melbourne.

Yappera is a not-for-profit, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO). Yappera offers an education and service, as well as a range of health and wellbeing programs and services for children and families.

We’re grateful for the strong governance, leadership, passionate staff and determined community that has supported Yappera to grow into the service we are today; now with capacity to support 60 Aboriginal children and their families every weekday.

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Yappera’s purpose is to provide children, from birth to school age, with high quality, culturally grounded education and care within a children’s services setting.

Yappera’s purpose is to provide children, from birth to school age, with high quality,
culturally grounded education and care within a children’s services setting.

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Philosophy


Yappera’s philosophy is that all Aboriginal children have the right and opportunity to reach their potential through access to the highest quality care and enrichment in a cultural setting which strengthens their identity, cultural resilience, health and wellbeing.

Leadership team

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Stacey Brown

Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung
Chief Executive Officer

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Michelle Baksh

Yorta Yorta
Second in Charge

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Kim Do

Yamatji, Noongar
Family Support Worker

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Shona Kelly-Briggs

Yorta Yorta, Mutthi Mutthi, Gunditjmara
Early Childhood Teacher
Kinder Crocs

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Aileen Atkinson

Yorta Yorta, Bangerang, Wiradjuri
Early Childhood Teacher
Early Start Kinder Wombats

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Haeem Muhummad

Palestinian
Early Childhood Educator
Room Leader Wombats

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Mary Vincitorio

Italian
Early Childhood Educator
Room Leader Joeys

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Kristy Atkinson

Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung, Worimi, Kamilaroi
Early Childhood Educator
Room Leader Boorais

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Makita McNally

Mutti Mutti, Wiradjuri
Administration Officer


Governance


Yappera is governed by seven (7) Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Board Members who are elected by Yappera’s membership at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Board Members are elected for a two-year term. Our current Board of Directors feature below.

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board of directors

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Joanne Proctor

Gunditjmara
Chairperson

Koorie Engagement Support Officer
Department of Education and Training

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Susan Hedges

Badimia
Deputy Chairperson

Fitzroy Operations Manager
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service

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Chantelle McGuiness

Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta
Treasurer

Financial Counsellor
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service

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Georgia Bamblett

Bangerang, Wiradjuri
Secretary

Acting Program Manager
Victorian Aboriginal Community Services
Association Limited

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Robert Bamblett

Moira, Wiradjuri, Gunggari and Bidjara
Board Member

Director
One Fire Dance Troupe

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Lewis Brown

Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung, Gunditjmara
Board Member

Coordinator, Community Engagement
Ngarara Willim – RMIT University

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Michael Graham

Dja Dja Wurrung, Wurundjeri, Waywurru
Board Member


Chief Executive Officer
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service

 
 

More Information


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