Meredith Hammat MLA with Ember Connect General Manager, Narelle Henry.

Lotterywest awards $600,000 grant to Ember Connect

Ember Connect General Manager, Narelle Henry, met with Meredith Hammat MLA today to officially acknowledge the organisation’s Lotterywest grant of $600,000.

The digital platform is working towards connecting thousands of women across Australia and giving them access to personal and professional development, career development and job opportunities, as well as a powerful, cultural connection.  The platform also connects members with mentors and allies (both First Nation and non-First Nations women) – all for free.

Ember Connect lets us interact and affect the world rather than being bystanders. Decisions about First Nations women are constantly being made without our input. We need to be at the decision-making table and this platform gives us the opportunity to generate an influential collective voice,” said Ms Henry.

We want to help illuminate the path for our women – we want women elevate their thinking about what is possible for them and courageously seek out their truest aspirations.  Our platform will connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to an influential network, as well as access to a holistic learning program. At its core, it is First Nations women using our voice and our influence to help other First Nations women.

“Establishing Ember Connect has been a significant challenge and we simply could not have got to this point without the generous support of Lotterywest and the Western Australian community. Lotterywest’s support have given us a foundation on which we can build a better future for our women,” she said.

Ember Connect wishes to acknowledge the many Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and we honour their deep continuing connection to land, sky, waterways and community.

We pay our respects to our Elders past, present and emerging who illuminate our journey to truth-telling, culture and conservation, which remains stronger than ever.