NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year (not open to public voting)
Associate Professor Faye McMillan
Associate Professor Faye McMillan is a Wiradjuri yinaa (woman) from Trangie, NSW. Faye is an inaugural Atlantic Fellow, where she has developed an app to support people experiencing mental health concerns. Faye is a founding member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia
(IAHA), was a board member of IAHA from 2009-2017, Chairperson from 2010-2016, and works at Charles Sturt University as the Director of the Djirruwang Program – Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health). Faye is a board member for Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network and is on the community advisory committee for the Wagga Wagga Notre Dame Medical School.
Faye holds a Doctor of Health Science, a Master of Indigenous Health Studies, Bachelor of Pharmacy and is Australia's first registered Aboriginal Pharmacist. Faye also holds a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Governance from the University of Arizona (USA) and Wiradjuri Language Culture and Heritage and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Education through Melbourne University.
In 2018 Faye was a finalist in the NSW Woman of the Year Awards in two categories (Regional Business woman of the Year and Aboriginal Woman of the Year). In 2017 Faye was recognised in the Who's Who of Australian Women and in 2014 Faye was included in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence. Faye is also the proud mother to Kye and Ethan, as well as a daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt and friend.
Although Jada Whyman spent her formative years in Wagga, the talented young goalkeeper is more than familiar with life in Sydney. At 14, Jada travelled from Wagga to Sydney each weekend to play in the Sydney Women’s Premier League where she was mentored by Matildas goalkeeper coach Paul Jones and shot-stopper Melissa Barbieri.
In 2013, she represented Australia at the U17 AFC Championships in China whilst also representing NSW in the Ultimate Soccer Cup in Fiji. Jada was then named in the Australian U14 All Stars team and awarded Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the National Youth Championships. She was awarded the same honour at the 2015 NTC Challenge.
Jada signed for the Western Sydney Wanderers in October 2015, making her debut in the Westfield W-League 2015/16 season against Sydney FC. She has played almost every match for the Wanderers since.
A number of impressive performances last season saw her named in the Westfield “Promising” Matildas Program along with receiving the prestigious National Role Model Award as well as being named Westfield W-League Player of the Year and Members’ Player of the Year at Wanderers Medal 2018.
Off the field, the gifted 18 year old has been an ambassador for the Western Sydney Wanderers participating in over 30 community appearances and is a role model and mentor for Indigenous footballers in her local area and around the country.
Jeanette Crew is a Mutthi Mutthi woman from South West NSW. She is currently Chairperson of Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre and after more than 30 years of public service is now the only Aboriginal Landcare Coordinator in NSW.
Throughout her working life Jeanette has championed cultural understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people particularly through natural resource management. She has been a mentor and role model to many members of the Aboriginal community in NSW and continues to provide support to the younger generations of her local community.
Jeanette has drawn on knowledge gained from her Elders to contribute to public policy on Aboriginal culture, heritage and dialogue relating to social, economic and environmental issues. She also plays a significant role in providing advice to community, government and non-government organisations and engages with complex issues relating to community well-being.
Jeanette connects leadership with service. Through active participation she creates positive outcomes for her community. This approach has been recognised since 2003 through the development of Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre. Her role as Chairperson of both Yarkuwa and the Denilquin Local Aboriginal Land Council in the early 2000’s demonstrated her commitment to exploring new futures for her local community. Jeanette’s values of respect, integrity and participation are important in her desire to create new opportunities that will benefit the social and economic wellbeing of her community.
Sharlene McKenzie is a Wiradjuri woman who grew up on the South Coast of NSW. Her work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities began at a young age. Sharlene was a Board member of her Local Aboriginal Land Council and participated in the piloting of programs such as the Circle Sentencing Program.
Sharlene moved to Sydney and completed a Diploma of Community and Social Development at UWS before working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of South East Sydney.
Sharlene has been involved in many aspects of helping community members across the social welfare and social justice sectors. She is an advisor to the Ministerial Carers Strategy and advocates for the important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers play in supporting family and community. Sharlene works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with acquired brain injuries to transition from a correctional setting to community. She is also a member of the Justice Health Human Research Ethics Committee. Her advocacy within the Health sector has seen her appointed to the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network Community Council. Sharlene is committed to supporting people with complex mental health issues and is a member of the Suicide Prevention Lived Experience Network.
Sharlene is a strong woman who aims to form sustainable, culturally appropriate working partnerships to help her address issues of marginalised community members.