Melbourne Women's Luncheon program 2012

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Jessie Mabo is the eldest daughter of Eddie and Bonita Mabo, mother for four young boys and grandmother of two girls.
Jessie spent most of her life working for different government departments such as Social Security (Centre link), Education and Health (Townsville, Sarina and Brisbane), Corrections and Children services (Strathpine) in Queensland. In 2003 Jessie completed a massage therapist course in 2006, Jessie was employed as a support worker for an Indigenous Women’s’ Organisation working for women and children escaping family and domestic violence. Jessie found this work to be sad and yet rewarding after clients and their children were in the safe haven for a short time and seeing the changes clients go through for the better.

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Eva Jo Edwards, has spent much of her adult life rediscovering and engaging again in the culture she lost as a child. After being taken at 5 years old she spent the rest of her childhood in State care, splintered from much of her family but emerging as a determined young woman who found work, reconnected with her family and has never stopped exploring her Aboriginal heritage. Eva Jo’s tenacity has seen her become a cultural educator who employs performance, public speaking and administrative and teaching skills in her diverse working life.
Eva Jo is currently employed at Connecting Home Ltd as the Education, Healing and Community Partnership Officer, Connecting Home is a service for the Stolen Generation people who have been coerced or forcibly removed, fostered, adopted and institutionalized.

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MC: Lisa Maza (Mer/Yidindji/Dutch) has been singing for many years and has covered a wide range of styles: Blues, Pop, Folk, Funk, Country, Jazz and even a bit of Opera.
Some of her onstage performance credits include: The Sapphires (Company B), Cooee Cabaret (NFSA), Gronks (STC/Zeal), Ingkata (State Opera SA), Yanagai! Yanagai! (MWT/Playbox), Stolen (Playbox/Ilbijerri), An Evening with Richard Frankland (Sydney Opera house/Adelaide Festival), Enuff (Playbox), Kan Yama Kan (FLN) and Corrugation Road (Black Swan)
At the Long Walk Womens Luncheon, Lisa will sing a few of her favourite songs with Matty Vehl, accompanying her on Keyboard.