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Romina Fuji

Romina Fuji has been a part of many positive changes that the beautiful island community of Thursday has seen over the past few decades. Now retired, Romina volunteers her time fulfilling the role as President of the Port Kennedy Association Inc (PKA), assisting at the Star of the Sea, the local elderly people's home, and at Rotary. Romina also keeps busy with her hobbies including walking, reading and supporting local non-government organisations. She also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchild.

After school Romina became a nurse at the Thursday Island Hospital. Back then there was no formal training and doctors had to train nurses to perform duties on site. Romina then moved onto Dental Nursing, before starting a laundry business. The flexibility of having her own business allowed Romina to support her 4 children while still having time to be an active member of the school's P&C association.

It was through her volunteer work with the P&C that Romina joined the Torres Strait Islander Regional Education Committee (TSIREC). Along with her work on TSIREC, Romina also played a part in establishing the TAFE on Thursday Island. She managed the TAFE from 2000-2004 and then from 2005-2007 took on the role as the Indigenous Training Manager with the Department of Education, Employment and Training before retiring.

Romina has been with the PKA since its beginning in 1985. Through her work with the association, Romina has been part of establishing Star of the Sea and raising money for many different individual and family needs within the community. During her two terms in Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) as the representative for the Port Kennedy area, Romina was also influential in lobbying for the current PKA Hall on Douglas Street, built in 1997.

With Romina as the current president, PKA currently auspices Disabilities Flexi-Respite, Recognise Entity, Vacation Care, a playgroup at the local Catholic School and runs community mini markets. With so much on the go, it seems that Romina's "retirement" is keeping her busier than ever.

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