Cassie is a proud trawlwoolway woman, Mother and Early Childhood Educator born and raised by the sea in Northern Tasmania.
I am a Saltwater Sister who is now raising my beautiful family in the country where I grew up, teaching them to be strong and proud of their culture and heritage, just as I was by my own Mother growing up here to the sounds of the waves in paradise.
I am a member of Reconciliation Tasmania and the Reconciliation champion for my service, responsible for ensuring we are embedding Indigenous perspectives into our programs and meeting our Reconciliation Action Plan goals. I find being able to share my culture with our children, Educators and families extremely rewarding and I am very fortunate to work with a team of Educators who all ensure First Nations culture is embedded everyday in all parts of our Educational Programs.
It has been quite a journey, seeing how far Tasmania has come over the past few decades, from being told in the 1980's at school that Tasmanian Aboriginals died out and no longer exist and would have to learn about our culture behind closed doors, to now being accepted and acknowledged, with schools and organisations wanting to share and learn more about our culture.
I am passionate about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non Indigenous peoples within Tasmania as well as Australia wide. I believe we have the perfect opportunity to do this as Early Childhood Educators, beginning by educating the future generations throughout their learning journey and into adulthood.
I am excited to share my passion and knowledge for the benefit of everyone who wants to learn more and look forward to meeting our shared goals of Education and Reconciliation into the future.