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Congratulations to Goodstart’s Cassy Baker – winner of a Harvard Scholarship

Congratulations to Goodstart’s Cassy Baker – winner of a Harvard Scholarship

Goodstart’s CEO, Julia Davison today congratulated State Manager, Regional Queensland, Cassy Baker who has been chosen for a highly prestigious scholarship by the Chief Executive Women and the Aurora Foundation.

Cassy, a Pitta Pitta woman, will be attending (virtually) the famous Harvard University in Boston to do further study on leadership and management in the not-for-profit sphere as the Roberta Sykes Scholarship recipient for 2022. 

“Cassy brings an extraordinary level of understanding and experience to her leadership and her studies at Harvard will no doubt be to the benefit of many others as she works to share her learnings,” Julia said.

“In her two decades in the early learning sector she’s been a shining light for inclusion, building capability and excellence in her teams and driving participation rates for First Nations children and educators,” Julia said.

Cassy said she was looking forward to the challenge and grateful to be chosen.

“I am still coming to terms with it and it may take some time to really digest it, it is a huge honour. I grew up hearing about Roberta Sykes who was an extraordinary advocate for First Nations people,” Cassy said.

The Aurora Foundation which oversees the scholarships says: “We are not just looking for outstanding Indigenous scholars who will be role models for Indigenous communities. Our Scholars will have a mission to return to Australia from their overseas studies with a commitment to 'give back' to their community. We have no fixed ideas on what 'giving back' looks like, what courses are going to better advance the interests of Indigenous communities, or whether this is better done in the public or private sector on return.”

Cassy says she spoke to the panel about the importance of the first five years in the development of all children and her passionate belief about the life changing power of education which was initially driven by her mother’s focus on the importance of education.

There was also a lot of interest from the panel about Goodstart’s First Nations Employment Strategy.

“I grew up understanding the value of education thanks to my Mum and she also taught me that social justice was vital and that we all have a responsibility to fight for the more vulnerable,” Cassy says.

“I am really looking forward to the study itself but more importantly to sharing it with everyone at Goodstart and our sector and beyond.” 

Chief Executive Women chose Cassy to be one of four 2022 CEW Scholar after an exhaustive national process which included a detailed written application and an interview with four panellists.

You can read more about Chief Executive Women here and the Roberta Sykes Scholarships here.


Posted by Goodstart
06 July 2022

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