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Uncle Noel Summers

Uncle Noel Summers

Uncle Noel Summers was born in Brisbane and is from the Badtjala Tribe, and had ties to the Malaita (East of Guadal Canal, Solomon Island), Irish and New Caledonian (Noumea).

Uncle Noel’s totem is the Dolphin and is very passionate about his culture.

“Finding out my grandmother was a part of the stolen generation has inspired me to look into my family history. I believe that it is important to know who you are and where you come from and to be in touch with your culture – this is what I pass down to the young people of my community”.

At the age of 17 Uncle Noel joined the Navy as an Aircraft Mechanic, after serving six years in the Navy Uncle Noel decided to follow his heart and make a difference to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Uncle Noel is an active community Elder who is making a difference in the Logan community; he is a part of the Sterritt Project where he provides mentoring to four young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander future leaders in community networking and governance.

“My dream is exactly the work I am currently doing, educating young people showing them the right path and making a difference to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.”

Uncle Noel assisted in developing the Logan Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Network Meeting (LATSICNM), the LATSICNM is and engagement mechanism that has been established to represent the needs, issues and advocate of behalf on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community this has achieved a number of successful outcomes.

Uncle Noel has made a huge difference too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in his community and will continue to do so in the future.

Knowledge is power, at the age of 70 Uncle Noel enrolled in university and successfully graduated with an Associated Degree in Indigenous Community Management. Uncle Noel has also received a Diploma in Community Services and a Certificate III in Hospitality.

“I hope to encourage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to receive a higher education.”

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