13 Jul 2018: CPA Australia celebrated NAIDOC week today with a Welcome to Country and formal presentations, followed by a morning tea and traditional Indigenous games.

The event was hosted by Relationship Manager Indigenous Strategies, Richard Hurst. In keeping with the NAIDOC Week theme, ‘Because of Her, We Can’ Richard shared a profound story about the influential roles his great grandmother and mother have played in his education and life.

Aunty Irene Morris CPA delivered the Welcome to Country and delighted attendees with the story of her possum skin cloak. She gave a heartfelt explanation of the significance of each of the animals and images represented on the cloak, and the links they have to her family and country.

CPA Australia CEO, Andrew Hunter spoke about the importance of recognising and celebrating the diversity of our people. He also reaffirmed CPA Australia’s commitment to developing a Reconciliation Action Plan as part of the organisation’s Inclusion and Diversity Strategy launched in May.

Attendees then watched a short video featuring proud Wongaibon woman and senior associate with PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, Sarah Richards CPA. The video, which is part of a CPA Australia media campaign, features Sarah speaking about the passions that drive to her to succeed in art and accounting, and her motivation to give back to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

As a token of appreciation for sharing her story with staff, CEO Andrew Hunter presented Aunty Irene with an original artwork painted by Sarah Richards.

A highlight of the event was the Yulunga – traditional Indigenous games. Facilitated by Spark Health Australia, the games saw staff from both CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand participate in a series of events that tested their flexibility, hand-eye coordination and sporting prowess.