GIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gadigal Information Service Aboriginal Corporation is governed by a constitution registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC). GIS is governed by a Board of Directors whom are democratically elected by our members at our Annual General Meeting.

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Dallas Wellington

Chairperson

Dallas is a proud descendant of the Jerrinja Clan of the Wandi-wandian People, on the south coast of New South Wales. He also has inherent cultural ties and affiliations with Walbunja, Djiringanj, Wodi Wodi, Dharawal, Dhungutti and Waiben, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Countries in Australia. As well as Ngati Whanaunga, Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Dallas has lived and worked within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community for more than 20 years on the lands of the Gadigal, Wangal, Bidjigal, Cammeraygal, Eora, Darug, Dharawal, Gundungurra and Worimi Nations within the greater Sydney metropolitan area, respecting Traditional Owners/Guardians and those with historical and contemporary connections.

Dallas is dedicated to human rights for his people including land rights, culture and heritage, families and communities, and education. As a Board member of Gadigal Information Service, he is passionate about decolonization and a strong voice for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in the city - he contributes Aboriginal cultural values in a respectful, competent and inclusive way.

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Steven Ross

Secretary

Steven Ross is proudly Wamba Wamba from Deniliquin and Moonacullah Mission. He also has bloodline connections to the Wiradjuri (Carrolls and Bambletts from Cowra and Yass), Mutthi Mutthi (Edwards from Balranald and Lake Mungo) and Gunditjmara (Ross' and Roses from Framlingham). Steven was born in Sydney and raised in the inner west. He was a previous broadcaster at Koori Radio as well as being a previous board member of Gadigal Information Service. 

Other boards he has been on include the Inner City Legal Centre, NSW State Library Advisory Board, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Murray Catchment Management Authority.  Steven has also worked in various roles working with First Nations communities especially in Western Sydney (Blacktown - Dharug Country), where he currently works, lives and plays. In his spare time he is a cultural producer and writer. 

Steven is dedicated to rights to Country and culture and his passion for GIS is to grow the membership and to enhance governance of the organisation, driven by the membership and community.

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Peta Joy Williams

Treasurer

Peta Joy Williams is a Wiradjuri woman, born in Sydney. With her feet firmly in both cultures, the inland fresh water and coastal salt water, she draws inspiration from the unique elements of these two diverse nations. Over the years PJ has worked in a number of community and mainstream roles. Starting out in the Arts studying Cultural Arts at Eora TAFE in the late1990’s to follow on to work in the Gallery space after completing her diploma for fine arts. 

Over the last 20 plus year Peta-Joy has been a regular presence at Gadigal Information Service – Koori Radio, where her passion for events was cemented. Over her time at GIS- Koori Radio she assisted with numerous Klub Koori and Yabun events. For a few years PJ was the stalls coordinator for Yabun, priding herself on the growth in stall numbers at this time. This led to her role as Blak Markets manager at Sydney’s Blak Markets. 

Peta-Joy was also fortunate to work and Tour with Big Day Out in 2013 taking her love for festivals to the next level.  Peta-Joy still is in the creative arts sector with her painting and weaving skills. PJ is currently an Artist resident Sydney Fringe; she is also a member of Boomalli Aboriginal Arts Co-op in Leichhardt. To see more of Peta-Joy's art practice you can find examples of her work on wiradjuriwave.com

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Shane Sturgiss

Director

Shane is a proud Aboriginal man with family links to Gundungurra and Ngarigo people and a proud member of the LGBTIQ+SB community. Raised in Queanbeyan and lived most of his adult life in Newcastle and Sydney.

Shane has worked across several Aboriginal services and disciplines, including health, homelessness, counselling, education, financial counselling, LGBTQ+SB advocacy and community engagement and development. He is a qualified counsellor with tertiary education in Community Service Management, Community Advocacy and Indigenous Leadership.

As a father and Grandfather, Shane understands the importance of cultural knowledge passing down generations in story telling, truth telling and cultural practice. Shane works towards building a more understanding, nurturing, and accepting community for future generations.