We’re delighted to introduce Gail Beck OAM who is our new Executive Manager Cultural Integration at Ruah. Gail is a proud Bibbulmun (Nyoongar) yorga (woman) with family connections throughout Western Australia. She is a proud descendant of Bunderan, a direct 2000 generational maternal connection to the Wudjari, Koreng, and Yued peoples of the Southwest Australia – Bibbulmun country, and a mother of 5 adult children.
Gail is passionate about inspiring and connecting her people, giving them a sense of hope and a bright future. Throughout her career she has sought to work with and support Aboriginal communities, complementing her passion as an Indigenous activist.
Gail commenced her professional career as a Registered Nurse and worked in this field for two decades before making a switch to the community services sector.
“I love working in the community services space as I can see and work towards the bigger picture for Noongar people. It is hugely important for me to share the vision of our Elders past and present who worked and fought hard to achieve where we are today.”
Gail was heavily involved in the reconciliation decade of change. She co-created numerous Western Australian Indigenous groups and programs including NAIDOC Perth, Walyalup Reconciliation Group, Djidi-djidi Aboriginal Women’s Corporation and the award-winning ‘Meals to Music’ program for Aboriginal elders and people with disabilities. In 2012, she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for Service to the Indigenous community of Perth, through her roles in health, social welfare and native titles.
Gail has already hit the ground running at Ruah, and is excited by what the future holds. She’s looking forward to growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation within our organisation and Ruah’s presence within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by walking with the people to develop and value-add to their community-owned programs.
Winding down time is also important and Gail loves nothing more than spending time with her grandchildren, belly laughing with good friends, and strongly believes in the healing powers of wonderful saltwater swims and walking on country.