UWS Community Award recipient: Aunty Norma Shelley

Aunty Norma Shelley is a retired textile and design teacher and gives her time to local community groups, including the Cerebral Palsy Association, Aboriginal Carers, South West Sydney Koori Interagency, the NSW Justices Association, the Liverpool Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee and the Fairfield Council Aboriginal Advisory Committee. 

Aunty Norma moved to Liverpool 30 years ago and her ancestors are Kamilaroi people.  Aunty Norma is a member of the Gandagara Land Council and the Heritage Committee, and an Elder on Campus.  Aunty Norma has received many prestigious awards for her contributions to the community over the years including the Officer of the Order of Liverpool, Order of Australia Medal, Premier's Seniors Achievement Award and the Federal Government's Seniors Achievement Award and Liverpool’s Citizen of the year 2011. 

At 80+years young, Aunty Norma continues to dedicate her life to educating our future generations, seeing people realise their gifts is what inspires her the most.   Aunty Norma is presented with the UWS Community Award and it is an honour to have her here with us at today’s graduation.