Life-changing power of education

Stacey Dellow
Stacey Dellow

Stacey Dellow is a big believer in the life-changing power of education, and sees it is a way out for too many Aboriginal people caught in what she describes as the “buffer” zone.

Stacey has been Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer for eight years and knows more than most about the challenges, struggles and joys of working with Indigenous families in Sydney’s west.

“Too many Aboriginal people are still marginalised and poor and are always getting locked up. There is so much over representation of Aboriginal people in our jails,’ she said.

‘And it seems they are trapped and cannot get out of that ‘buffer.’

Stacey believes education is a key solution and is her final year of a Masters of Social Work (Qualifying) after obtaining her Bachelor of Community and Social Development.

As NAIDOC Week continues, the mother of three said there needs to be ownership, and admissions must be made.

‘Everyone, all of Australia, has to take ownership of the policies of the past, and as one community we can all move forward,’ she said.

Stacey started her career at Department of Social Security before moving onto the Australian Federal Police where she was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contact officer for NSW.

However she always wanted to work in Education and in 2002 joined Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s Jarara Indigenous Education Unit as an Aboriginal Education Assistant.

Stacey enrolled into my Bachelor of Primary teaching but after 18 months she knew she did not want to be a classroom teacher.  She went on to do a number of other jobs in the Sydney Diocese.

“I left the Parramatta Diocese and went to work in the Sydney Diocese at Our lady of Mt Carmel Waterloo, it was here that I knew I wanted to come back to Western Sydney and give back to the community that I grew up in,” she said.

After being offered a position back with the Parramatta Diocese Stacey stayed in the position for a few year before taking up a role of Aboriginal Child Protection caseworker with Department of Community Services.

For the past eight years she is back working as Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer, and making a difference.

“I knew that I wanted to have a positive impact on the Aboriginal community and have been in this role for the past 8 years,” she said.

More about Jarara

We believe that all cultural differences are to be valued and are a rich resource to learn from. An appreciation of these differences is fundamental to building relationships. We believe that a high self esteem and sense of identity are vital for the effective learning and personal growth of Aboriginal students.

Therefore we aim to:

  • provide in partnership with schools, learning experiences which help build cultural awareness
  • promote co-operative learning and build a welcoming community which is open
  • create a sense of community through shared celebrations of significant events: spiritual, cultural and
  • build a support environment that encourages children to take risks and be proud of their cultural heritage.

Our program aims to contribute a variety of learning experiences that will build confidence in students as Aboriginal people with the skills and knowledge to participate fully on building a better Australian society.

There will be a special emphasis on developing an awareness of the contribution that traditional Aboriginal spirituality can make to develop meaning and purpose in their lives.

Learn more about Jarara


Posted By CathEd Parra at 17/07/2017 9:59:13 AM

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