Why we developed a RAP?
Reconciliation is about acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history and moving forward to close the gap of disadvantage that
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face, by creating positive and lasting change through genuine relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.
Our RAP was officially launched in August 2017 by our Executive Director Sarah Fowler, with input from our Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Group, which includes Cecile Chavez, Deputy Director Out of Home Care, Helen Webster, Work Health & Safety and Team Co-ordinator, Dale Austin, Heritage and Cultural Adviser (full time) and Robyn Henderson, Board of Management Community Representative. After our first RAP meeting in January 2017, it was agreed that additional members from the ranks of our educators would be invited.
These included Kentish Out of Home Care Educators – Jennifer Marquez and Celina Pope. After our April RAP meeting it was agreed that we also needed representation from our Family Day Care Educators and Luisa Morfe would invite Faith Siaosi to join our RAP Advisory Group. It is critical that all our Family Day Care and Out of Home Care educators are encouraged to be involved and participate in the implementation of our Kentish RAP. With Ray Beekmans, Admin, joining and working with us on graphic design.