Faye Gundy

Faye Gundy's mother was part of the stolen generation; she was born on Wakka Wakka country, in Cherbourg. Faye and her family are still researching their mother's history. Faye went to grade 8 at Cherbourg whilst living under the 'Protection and the Sale of Opium Act'.

At school she remembers teachers putting her down, saying she would never amount to anything. Early in her career Faye became a teacher aide at Zillmere State School and during this time she was given the opportunity by the Education Department to further her education. Forty applicants were given the opportunity to study at the James Cook University in Townsville by correspondence which was a major challenge for Faye as she was chosen and went on to complete her Associate Diploma in Community Welfare.

Faye said she would hear people say "she'll never make it, because she is from the mission." At times it was hard and she would cry but with the support from her friends and the help of a tutor, Faye proved them all wrong and went on to receive her Bachelor Degree in 1995 and became a Community Education Counsellor, and retired in 2007.

Retirement didn't suit Faye and she went back to school to become a Community Advisor & Cultural officer. Faye enjoys being amongst young people and encouraging them to strive for a better education. It makes Faye feel very proud of the students that she had nurtured through education and to see them in Government jobs today.

Faye is a wonderful role model and strong Aboriginal woman who still enjoys hunting and fishing. Faye revealed she still craves the bush and believes her strong connections come from the women in her family who have all been strong role models, especially her mother.

Today Faye still loves to teach traditional dance to kids, she wants them to stay off alcohol and drugs. She believes our young people should be positive and proud, aim to be strong and achieve to reach for their gaols.

Today Faye is an Indigenous Community Advisor for several schools and also facilitates Crossing Cultures, a program on Cultural Awareness. She believes the hardships she has endured have made her resilient; Faye said, "On being Aboriginal and actually living with the culture is different from reading about it."