Candace Williams

Emerging Leader 2020 - 2021

Candace Williams is a Yorta Yorta, Gunnai and Wiradjuri woman, born and raised near the Murray River on Yorta Yorta land in Echuca and is now living in Melbourne.

She has an associate degree in education and is undertaking a bachelor’s degree in primary education.

Candace is passionate about the education and success of young Aboriginal people, as well as nurturing future generations of young female leaders.  She has established the Bowarring Mentoring Program an 8-week program for 13-18 year old young women in Echuca held on Saturdays but ideally she would like to reach many communities across the state of Victoria.

The Bowarring Mentor Program is designed to support and empower young Aboriginal women.  The goal of the program is to help each woman to find their voice, as well as support their dreams, in a safe cultural environment.

Candace’s vision is to empower young women to believe in their strength and be proud of their identity.

Since her appointment she was recognised for her work in the community by the 7 News and Panadol campaign and was subsequently interviewed by the Sunrise television show.