Kickett named finalist in Western Australian of the Year

May 30, 2019

Glass Jar Australia Chairperson Dr Glenda Kickett is a finalist in the Western Australian of the Year Awards.

Dr Kickett, a determined Whadjuk and Ballardong Noongar woman, has been honoured for her remarkable contribution to the State as one of four finalists in the Aboriginal Award for 2019.

Dr Kickett has served on the Glass Jar Australia Board since March 2017 and replaced Professor Colleen Hayward as Chair earlier this year.

An initiative of Netball WA, Glass Jar Australia runs the Shooting Stars program, which uses netball and other tools as the vehicles to drive greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.

Dr Kickett has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years in Aboriginal-related areas of policy, management and community services.

A social worker by profession, Dr Kickett lectures in social work and social policy at the University of Western Australia and is close to finishing her PhD on developing a cultural framework and model to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Dr Kickett is also working to develop a peak body for Aboriginal children in care, an issue close to heart as Manager for Aboriginal Therapeutic Services at the Australian Childhood Foundation.

She has also done significant work with the NAIDOC Perth Committee.

Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz said Dr Kickett was deserving of every accolade that came her way.

“Glenda is an incredibly accomplished female leader and we are proud to have her as our chairperson,” Haintz said.

“Glenda is renowned for her commitment to community development and has done an enormous amount of work over more than three decades that is deserving of recognition.”

“On behalf of the Shooting Stars program, we congratulate Glenda on becoming a finalist, and wish her every success for the Awards tomorrow night.”

The Awards will be held at a Gala Dinner in the Crown Towers Ballroom on May 31.