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Wendy Watego-Ittensohn

Wendy is a Goenpil, Nughie, Noonuccal Goord woman from Minjerribah - North Stradbroke Island. This is her mother's Country. On her Father's side she is Budjalung and South Sea Islander from Mare Island in New Caledonia.

Wendy married her high school sweetheart Ken and together they have two sons, Lawson and Archie, who are the source of her inspiration.

Wendy is the co-founder and National Program Director for STARS Making the Difference limited - an educational organisation, designed to empower people in Shaping, Transforming and Realising Self. In her position she gets to experience the empowerment of people completing their unfinished business, healing from the constraints of the past and achieving the kind of results that make a real difference to their lives.

There are many people that inspire Wendy including her parents Judy and Richard Watego and husband Ken. Wendy especially thanks Vickie Scott, her co-founder in STARS. Through Vickie's management and leadership they were able to organise Corroboree 2000, the sacred walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Wendy's advice to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is "have a dream, keep believing in yourself and your dreams, it's OK to Succeed!" and "No matter what your story is, you can always be the author of your future".

For more information about STARS visit: http://www.starsmakingthedifference.org.au/index.html

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