New CQUni AIME Program Manager features in NAIDOC Week photographic showcase

Published:03 July 2018

CQUni alumnus and new Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) Program Manager for the Rockhampton campus, Stacey Chamberlain will feature in a photographic exhibition recognising Indigenous women during NAIDOC Week.

CQUniversity alumnus Stacey Chamberlain had even more reason to celebrate NAIDOC Week this week as she was selected to feature in an exhibition highlighting the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with the homeless in Queensland.

Stacey, who is also CQUniversity Rockhampton’s new Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) Program Manager, was photographed and interviewed for Q Shelter’s ‘Because of Her We Can’ NAIDOC Week Showcase in Cairns.

Queensland Shelter Incorporated (Q Shelter), the peak body for housing and homelessness in the state, was founded over 30 years ago by concerned housing groups who were determined to see more social and affordable housing for those who need it, more rights for those in housing, and working with government to deliver better housing policy.

Stacey was nominated by the Darumbal Community Youth Service, which manages Buderoo Youth Shelter in Rockhampton.

“I was nominated because I have been involved with the issue of homelessness and housing since 1991 and still am involved today as a Management Committee member of Buderoo House,” she said.

“I am one of at least 16 women from around Queensland, who are all being honoured.

“I am very humbled by the recognition and I don't feel that I have particularly done anything special.

“I have been blessed to have the support of strong community-minded women in Rockhampton who have gone before me and led by example - to be a 'do-er'.

“I know that if I want real social change to ensure that all people, not just our mob, have access to affordable, appropriate and safe housing, then I need to be a part of the solution and play a role.”

Stacey graduated from CQUniversity with a Bachelor of Arts in 2004.

The Showcase was held at the Cairns NAIDOC Week Corporate Breakfast on Tuesday 10 July.