Amy Smith

I am a Kamilaroi descendant, my mother was born in Walgett and I was born in Roma and moved to Goondiwindi when I was 10.

I am passionate about the education and the wellbeing of our children. Our children are our future and we need to make that future bright.

As an Indigenous Early Childhood support worker I aim to improve Indigenous parenting skills within the Indigenous populations of Goondiwindi, Boggabilla and Toomelah. I support families to improve their way of life. I am inspired to do this work because of the opportunity to make a difference in so many people's lives.

Believing in myself, respecting my parents and Elders and not being afraid to take on new challenges has helped me to succeed in life.

I'd like to tell young Indigenous people to "take a leap out of your comfort zone, fulfil your dreams and make your family proud!"

This is why I am proud to have been nominated by Goondiwindi State Primary School as a community representative for the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support Program Team.

Possibly my biggest achievement was in 2010 when I received the Young Retailer of the Year award when I was working in a local hardware store in Goondiwindi.

Day by day we are slowly improving the lifestyle of our people and supporting them to make better choices to lead a happy healthy life for themselves and their children.