Nicola Butler Biography
Nicola Butler was born in Rose Park South Australia. Nicola’s family descends from the Eastern Aranda and Luritja peoples of the central desert regions on her Father’s side and Scottish, English, German and Swedish on her Mother’s side. Nicola’s partner Andrew descends from the Ngarrindjeri peoples from the Coorong and the Barngala peoples from the Port Augusta/Whyalla region. Together they have a delightful son Tyler aged 3 and are jointly committed to working towards a Lateral Violence free society, determined that he will not endure the self-perpetuating intergenerational and trans-generational trauma experienced by so many of our past and present generations.
Having experienced insidious forms of racism throughout her life, Nicola believes that as individuals we are never dealt any situation with which we cannot cope or find within ourselves the resources and resilience to survive. What we need is to see our current and emerging leaders skilling our children and grandchildren with a new way of living, breathing and experiencing culture – nurturing back to health the old ways of caring and sharing.
Co-Founder and Director of Lateral Love Australia, a joint endeavour with the head of her family, William Brian Butler, holding steadfast to the sentiments of Martin Luther King Jr. “The time is always right to do what is right”, the movement is successfully harnessing the power of Love to guide intentions and activate that strength of human spirit to challenge long held stereotypes, changing attitudes and perspectives from the inside out, tackling the once taboo subject of Lateral Violence within Aboriginal and Islander (including the Torres Strait) families and communities across the country.
Nicola’s vision holds the promise of a healed society that has embraced the principles of self-determination, one that has been ‘Aboriginalised’ (the opposite of mainstreaming) and can now see through an Aboriginal Term of Reference (ATR) lens, a society that can be proud of ensuring a future where all children innately expect to reach their full potential just like every non-Aboriginal child across this country by upholding Cultural Safety, providing a culturally safe and secure environment whereby people feel safe and draw strength in their identity, culture and community.
Lateral Love Australia talks about the importance of understanding of our own personal culture, and how our own personal cultural values impact upon others, in our perceptions, interactions, interpretations, beliefs and subconscious reckoning as we make our way about in the world, ultimately encouraging respect for all humankind regardless of age, race, creed, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion or disability.
“Cultural safety cannot exist without Lateral Love” ~ Brian Butler 2013
Simone Kenmore was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and is a proud Yankunytjatjara woman. Simone’s Father, George Kenmore, is from the Stolen Generation and was taken to St. Mary’s Hostel in Alice Springs where he spent most of his youth. Simone’s Mother, Denise Kenmore, was raised in Sydney, New South Wales, and comes from Irish and Austrian heritage. George and Denise settled together in Adelaide and raised three daughters.
At the age of 38 George was fortunate enough to reunite with his mother, Mabel Pearson, and began the emotional process of reconnecting with his family. From a young age Simone identified strongly with her Aboriginality and accompanied George on annual trips to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the north west of South Australia. These trips to the APY Lands allowed Simone to connect with her culture and family and would have a profound impact on her perspective of the world and ultimately drive her to work with Aboriginal Communities.
Simone completed her work experience on the APY Lands at Yunyarinyi Community Office and Ernabella Aboriginal School. At the age of 16 Simone made a promise to herself that she would return to the APY Lands to contribute to Community. After school Simone studied a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and began working within the public sector. Simone has worked in the fields of finance and health and is currently fulfilling her childhood ambition of working on the APY Lands in a senior position.
Within her various roles Simone has worked at developing cultural change and continuous improvement within organisations and strives for a high standard of ethics. Simone is passionate and compelled to fight for the rights of Aboriginal people and will continue to talk and learn from others to assist in establishing better outcomes for Aboriginal people.
David Egege has worked for many years promoting Cultural Competence as a strategy to reduce cultural barriers and enhance services for diverse communities. He is currently working as a consultant in First Street Consultancy, a company he set up to address systemic cultural change within Government and Non government agencies. He has been responsible for the development of CALD and Aboriginal strategic organisational policy and plans, as well as the development and implementation of Cultural Competence strategic directions. David has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and politics and a post graduate degree in Social Administration and Policy. He is a qualified social worker.
David has held several senior positions within the public service sector, specifically within health services departments and Indigenous organisations such as Department of State Aboriginal Affairs, Aboriginal Health Services and Aboriginal Aged care. He was the inaugural senior policy advisor for Indigenous Mental Health in South Australia and worked closely with Baxter Detention Centre, He also held the position of Executive Director of the Aboriginal Home and Community Care Services Incorporated in South Australia. He has developed extensive experience and skill in working with both Aboriginal and multicultural clients and their communities.
Gillian is a community activist who has worked with others for social justice for most of her adult life. She is committed to walking with, working with and learning from Stolen Generations survivors and counts many as her friends. She has been inspired by their strength, humour, generosity and deeply touched by their stories. She has worked with Link-Up (Qld) Aboriginal Corporation and the Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation. She was also employed by the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) in Canberra in the Social Health Section which oversees the Bringing Them Home and Link Up programs. She was elected as the non-Indigenous Delegate for the Queensland Sorry Day Committee and then as the non-Indigenous Co-Chair of the National Sorry Day Committee. She is a founding member of the Stolen Generations Alliance and honours all those who guide her, both past and present.