Family Background: Proud Gunai/Gunditjmara/Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta woman from Victoria. Born in Melbourne, grew up in country Victoria then spent my teen years back in Melbourne.
Job Role: Deadly Sista Girlz Mentor
Career highlights: Traveling all around Australia Dancing with Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (IHHP). Being able to meet different mobs and be a part of so many different indigenous communities, and now working with Wirrpanda Foundation, being based here in Victoria and being given all these amazing opportunities since working with the Wirrpanda Foundation has given me the confidence I needed to be a role model and Leader to the young DSG participants. Also allows me to step up into a more responsible role. I choose to work with all the young women in DSG because my motto is ‘To be the Mentor I needed when I was younger’. When growing up as a young woman/teenage your trying to find who you are and where you fit as a young Aboriginal/Indigenous woman in society, I didn’t have any guidance or a mentor to point me in the right direction, just so lucky I stayed in high school and finished my year 12 VCE. These are the exact reasons I love doing what I do. Giving these young girls the guidance to help them make the right decisions throughout high school so they can make positive decisions for when they finish. Hopefully leave a strong and positive impact on the young girls and inspire them enough to finish out there schooling years.
Personal inspiration: The women in my family. My mother Glenda Thorpe and grandmother Alma Thorpe (Brown) have been the biggest presence and inspiration in my life. They are strong role models and mother figures not just to myself but also other people in our Victorian community. They have given tireless hours and attention to our communities here in Melbourne and I would not be the strong proud Aboriginal Woman I am today if I didn’t have them being so encouraging and inspiring in my growth as a woman.