Lee Townsend – I am a Dharug Women who grew up On Country and currently live on Biripi Country. I am also the creator of the artwork used by Seer Data.
Yarning Circle® Creator, Lee Townsend, is an Aboriginal woman born and raised in Blacktown, NSW. During her role with the Commonwealth Employment Services she was involved with young people looking for work. Many of these young people needed assistance in gaining the necessary skills to participate fully in today’s modern world. Lee set her heart on giving them that assistance. Making a life-changing decision she redirected her career to study Primary School Teaching.
As Lee continued to study she gained a greater understanding of the omissions in our educational and social development programs in relation to Aboriginal children. There was little opportunity for the children to relate stories from their own experiences. There was little opportunity to have a true voice and to be heard.
Giving children and adults the chance to have a voice and be heard became Lee’s vision. The Yarning Circle® is the realisation of that vision. The Yarning Circle® is a place where stories and knowledge can be shared in a caring environment that’s relaxed and comfortable. A place where each of us can participate to our own level, in our own time and by sharing our own unique journey.