A young Aboriginal woman from the Far North Queensland town of Hopevale will become CEO of Australia’s leading Indigenous education provider today – for just one day.

Sha-Lane Gibson grew up in Hopevale and is currently studying at University – completing a Bachelor of Business at Bond University while also working as a consultant at Cape York Partnership.

The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre’s regular CEO, Rachelle Towart, has handed over the reins to Sha-Lane as part of the CEO for a Day program in recognition of her leadership potential.

“Giving young leaders like Sha-Lane the chance to step up and experience life as a CEO of a national education organisation is a really important step,” Ms Towart said.

“Young Indigenous leaders need role models and opportunities to expand their skills and horizons if we are going to build the number of Indigenous people occupying senior leadership roles in Australian organisations.”

Sha-Lane was selected for several leadership roles at school in Toowoomba and in 2014 participated in the Queensland Indigenous Leadership Program in Brisbane.

After growing up in my community I found that things were never as they seemed,” Sha-Lane said.


“I found that there were a lot of things that needed to be fixed and the only place to start was right here in Hopevale.


“Over the years I became really passionate about helping my community prosper and grow into a safe a reliable community.


“Education is the first step in the process, educating our youngest to inspire them to become whatever they want.


“I come from a line of passionate people who share the same values and beliefs and are dedicated to breaking the continuous negative cycles that unfortunately exist in our community.


“My dream is to one day step into a community leadership position – so this is a great start!” 


For more information and interviews, please call Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre CEO Ms Rachelle Towart on: 02 6251 5770 / 0431 772 377

Hope of Hopevale takes over AILC – for a day
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