Belinda Duarte – CEO Culture is Life

Episode 36

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.

In episode 36 of the Black Magic Woman Podcast, I yarn with Belinda Duarte who was born and raised in Ballarat, Victoria, and is a descendant of the Wotjobaluk & Dja Dja Wurrung people with Celtic and Polish origins. As the CEO of Culture is Life she supports Aboriginal-led solutions for the prevention of Aboriginal youth suicide. Belinda holds a range of positions including Director of Western Bulldogs, Board member of MCG Trust, Director of AnnaMilla, Co-Chair Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity and Advisory Board Member of the Koori Youth Council. Some previous roles include Co-Chair of Reconciliation Victoria, Deputy Chair Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and Chair of NASCA.

Previously, Belinda was the inaugural director of Korin Gamadji Institute and the first female executive at Richmond Football Club. In 2012, she was acknowledged for her work in the AFL, and awarded football woman of the year.

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