2019 - A Proud Wiradjuri Woman
Kerry Reed-Gilbert was a proud Wiradjuri woman who contributed immeasurably to the lives of women and girls in the ACT. Kerry was a highly regarded writer and poet who authored and edited numerous published works which are recognised locally, nationally and internationally.
Kerry was instrumental in a number of organisations, including as a Treasurer and a Director of the Us Mob Writing (UMW) Group and co-founder of the First Nations Australian Writers Network (FNAWN). She generously shared her knowledge and expertise to support and champion Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in literature and the arts.
Kerry also individually produced and published two leadership books - A Pocketful of Leadership in the ACT (2016) and A Pocketful of Leadership in First Nations Australia Communities (2017). Both publications showcase the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership in Canberra and nationally. Both publications were made possible with ACT government funding. Kerry was also successful in applying for funding for UMW Group and the First Nations Australian Writers Network (FNAWN) to hold masterclasses, conduct writing retreats and bringing in Indigenous writers as well as publishing UMW Group new work.