Catherine Coysh

Emerging Leader 2017 - 2018

Catherine Coysh is a proud Gunditjmara woman who has grown-up within the Albury/Wodonga area.  She has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) with La Trobe University and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Psychology with Central Queensland University.

Catherine has worked for the Australian Public Service for over 10 years and currently works for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIS). She is a board member of the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS), a very active member as the Chairperson in the Wodonga Aboriginal Network (WAN) and a cultural consultant for Watnana Consulting.

Since being a participant of the WAN, she has been involved in a number of project committees. These include the Blackout Youth Event, the Possum-Skin Cloak Project, the Burraja NAIDOC Project and the NAIDOC Melbourne March Trip.

Catherine has also played a lead role in establishing a stronger relationship with the local council by attending quarterly meetings with the Mayor, CEO and Executive leaders of the City of Wodonga. These meetings provide a transparent forum for the Local Aboriginal Community to communicate with the City of Wodonga and vice versa.

Catherine’s believes that the Victorian Youth have a significant role in leading self-determination in the future and that it is important to provide the new generation of emerging leaders with the skills and knowledge required to ensure success moving forward.  She intends to establish a local Koorie Youth Network by supporting the co-ordination of regular youth meetings, and assist with providing education and guidance in establishing the Governance of the network.