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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Aunty Joyce celebrates education

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

At the age of 68, Aunty Joyce Summers completed a degree in Indigenous Studies.

It’s because of her passion for education that the Gold Coast Aboriginal Elder has been recognised as a Bond University fellow.

Aunty Joyce received the honorary title from the Gold Coast-based university in recognition of her significant contribution, particularly in the development of Bond's Nyombil Indigenous Support Centre. 

Born on Ukerabah Island, an Aboriginal reserve on the Tweed River, Aunty Joyce was involved in the community fight to save the island from development, alongside her brother Cedric Morgan and the late Senator Neville Bonner, Australia's first Indigenous Member of Parliament.

She was chair of Gold Coast City's NAIDOC) celebrations in 2015 and has received a Premier's Award in recognition of her community work.

Aunty Joyce said she looked forward to continuing to work with Bond University and its growing Indigenous student group.

"I think it is wonderful that Bond has so many Indigenous students studying here, and such a high retention rate of these students," she said.

"I'm a humble person. You do things out of the goodness of your heart and don't expect accolades, but I feel truly honoured to be recognised as a fellow of Bond University."

Bond vice-chancellor Tim Brailsford said Aunty Joyce had been instrumental in the support and growth of the Nyombil centre, including mentoring Bond's Indigenous students.

"Aunty Joyce has helped establish many committees and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations on the Gold Coast and is an advocate for the healing of relationships between Indigenous peoples and others through understanding and tolerance," he said.

"She is committed to the advancement of Indigenous people and places a high value on the importance of education. She has always made herself available to the university, and indeed myself, to give spiritual advice and guidance on the ways and culture of Indigenous people."
Aunty Joyce Summer

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