Proud Adnyamathanha woman from the Northern Flinders Ranges, Vicky Welgraven will head the ambassador role for the Port Augusta community 2021 Australia Day celebrations tomorrow.
The ambassador program involves high profile, influential and deeply respected community leaders within South Australia and connects them with communities.
These individuals share insights from their varied lived experiences, reflect on who we are as a nation and celebrate our diversity.
Vicky, also a former resident, is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) women, ensuring their interests are represented and their voices are heard.
She was among the 300 state ambassadors who joined in regional celebrations to inspire and unite communities.
Impressively, Vicky was the first South Australian Aboriginal woman to be appointed to this role.
Yet her achievements are nothing short of amazing.
A respected speaker with an engaging and consultative approach, she has lobbied federal and state members of parliament on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's issues and the impact of domestic violence on Aboriginal women, children and community.
Vicky is a current member of the South Australian Premier's Council for Women and was the former SA representative on the National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance (NATSIWA), in 2016, representing them at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
She was inducted in the South Australian Women's Honour Roll in 2015, in recognition of her work as a strong advocate and ambassador for Aboriginal women's rights.
Vicky is a champion of those impacted by family and domestic violence, promoting gender equality and respectful relationships through her role as a White Ribbon Australia Community Partner.
Meanwhile, as director of Our Watch, she seeks to address power imbalances leading to gender-based violence.
In 2020 Vicky was presented a Premiers Certificate by Premier Steven Marshall for her outstanding volunteer roles on boards and committees on a state and national level.
In 2019 she was a finalist for the South Australian of the Year/Australian of the Year.
In 2019 Vicky was finalist in 'Women in Innovation Awards' in the category of: Innovation and Intrapreneurship in Government' for my innovative approaches to reconciliation, Aboriginal history and culture; promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and an end to family violence.