Our Story - Show Me The Way People

Show Me The Way People

Geoff Sentance          

Geoff, Treasurer of Show Me The Way, is a Wiradjuri man and his mob are from Mudgee NSW.

Geoff was born in Sydney and raised on the north coast in Kempsey, NSW.

In September 1979, he joined the Army and served for 15 Years. He did a tour of Butterworth - Malaysia. There his role was to guard the RAAF base and he engaged and came to appreciate and value the views of different cultures.

After the Army, Geoff has spent most of his adult working life in government and community organisations in Brisbane, Newcastle and Canberra.
 
Geoff's passion is to help build capacity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, businesses and organisations by utilising networks, negotiation and training while retaining our culture. He's been a Director of Ngambril Local Aboriginal Land Council and Chairperson of SEARMS (South Eastern Aboriginal Regional Management Services Aboriginal Corporation) at Batemans Bay in NSW.  

Geoff believes everyone has value and it’s upon us, communities and society to have the capability to enable communities and individual to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Geoff believes in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people being empowered to take control and be leaders to future generations around Australia.



Chris Maguire MMDes (Hons)

As general manager of Show Me The Way, Chris has worked extensively in supporting students experiencing disadvantage in accessing education. As well as supervising the delivery of cutting-edge online mentoring environments and face to face events, Chris has been a field producer and lighting cameraman through television and corporate video productions for over twenty years. In 2005 he completed a Masters of Multimedia Design at the University of Sydney.

In 2003, as producer/director and scriptwriter, Chris produced “Get It On”, a safe sex education resource video/DVD for Indigenous teenagers for NSW Dept of Education. As producer/director and cameraman Chris made a fundraiser video/DVD for the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association to raise money for Indigenous secondary students to further their education and get into medicine.

You can view these videos here- Get It On and AIDA

Chris is also a lighting cameraman having worked in mainstream broadcast TV. With a film background, Chris has worked on news and current affairs, sport, drama, light entertainment and educational programs for ABC and SBS. 

Chris is Vice Chair of Show Me The Way.

Lindie Matthews BFA, Grad Dip Comm, Dip Ed, MA Art Ed

Lindie has been a classroom teacher in Sydney since 1995. She has a wealth of experience with students from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Lindie specialises in visual arts education, an area she believes can develop students' creative thinking skills and their ability to solve problems whilst working collaboratively.

Lindie has most recently been teaching in the area of distance education. In many school welfare roles and as a Distance Education Network Coordinator she has developed pathways and opportunities for many Aboriginal students in Sydney schools and in schools across NSW.

Lindie brings her extensive knowledge of online learning to Show Me The Way. She sees Show Me The Way as providing a crucial link to support student engagement in school and post school environments.

Lola Forester

Lola ForesterLola, founding chair for the first 6 years of Show Me The Way, is a Yuibera (Mackay)/Australian South Sea Islander woman.

She is one of Australia's most experienced Aboriginal broadcasters. Lola believes that knowledge is strength and will continue to help in the struggle for Aboriginal self-determination.

She is co-host on the World Music program "Roots Music" on NITV. For the last two years she has been the host of “Black Chat” on Koori Radio’s news and current affairs program.

For eighteen years she was the Executive Producer/Presenter of the “Aboriginal Program” at SBS Radio.


Lola was chairperson for Bangarra Dance Theatre throughout its first six years. She has run cultural awareness training programs with the community and corporate sector across Australia. Lola gives of her time speaking at many events informing and educating peoples about Aboriginal Australia whether it be locally, nationally as well as internationally.
Lola continues her work with SMTW as a Board Member.



Wayne McEwen BApp HSc (HP)

Wayne McEwen is a proud member of the Bundjalung peoples from the far North Coast of NSW and Chair of Show Me The Way.

Wayne's professional background has been built around the pillars of Indigenous Employment, Education, Health and Arts, within various Aboriginal communities across Australia. His employment background has also provided him with a unique blend of industry knowledge and extensive networks across Australia, from working within Aboriginal community organisations, public/private sectors, and higher education system.

Wayne's passion stems from a holistic approach to essentially guide others to develop their educational/career aspirations, so they can ultimately reach their goals within their communities.




Kathryn Greiner AO

Kathryn Greiner has contributed in a wide range of leadership positions in public and private companies, government bodies and non-profit organisations.  She was an elected Councillor to the City of Sydney Council from 1995 until 2004.

Kathryn is currently the Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on Aging; is a member of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board and is Chairman of Loretto School Council. She was a member of the Review of Funding for Schooling (The Gonski Report) and her term as Chair of Australian Hearing.


Kathryn has held Directorships for Pacific Power, John Singleton Advertising; Carlovers Ltd and the Financial Planning Association and been a member of the Bond University Council and a member of the Advisory Council of L.E.K. Consulting Ltd. Kathryn’s non-profit activities include or have included: Director Bell Shakespeare Company; Chair of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeals; Chair of Save the Children Australia and Chair of Sydney Peace Prize Foundation.

Kathryn is the Patron of Show Me The Way and one of our education consultants.


Peter Howard BA, Med (Hons), PhD

Associate Professor Peter Howard has been involved in Indigenous education for more than twenty-five years. He has worked in rural and urban locations in developing Aboriginal teacher education programs, working with schools and communities. He has a strong belief in enhancing the capacity of young Aboriginal people through education and in partnering them in their learning to reach their potential.

Peter has worked with Aboriginal people in developing presentations at national and international conferences to raise awareness of issues and ways in which educational challenges can be overcome.

His doctoral studies were in the socio-cultural aspects of Aboriginal children's learning of mathematics and he has continued to work with Aboriginal communities, schools and students in bringing about a stronger relevance and connectedness to teaching and learning.

In recent years he has worked on community capacity projects, the transition to school of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, connecting Aboriginal people to other Indigenous people internationally and evaluating the outcomes of mathematical programs developed for Indigenous students.

Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Australian Catholic University often travelling to regional and remote communities in New South Wales and overseas to New Zealand, Philippines and Ireland.

Peter is one of Show Me The Way's education consultants.


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