The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Program Manager, Zoe Cassim.
Zoe is a proud Widjabul/Wia-bul woman from Bundjalung Country in northern New South Wales.
Zoe will manage the ILF Programs Team including three regional staff in Katherine and the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory. Zoe will also work closely with our Community Publishing Projects team as well as other departments to grow the Foundation’s reach in remote Australia to support more Communities on their literacy journeys.
Zoe has extensive experience working in the secondary high school education industry and in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander not-for-profit sector. Previously she worked for Reconciliation Australia as part of the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in the Education team, supporting educators across Australia in implementing culturally safe and appropriate policies, teachings and learnings from the early learning, primary and secondary settings.
Zoe at the Emerging Indigenous Executive Leadership Program (EIELP) Conference in Sydney in 2021.
“I'm excited to begin my journey working at ILF. I took this role because I want to be part of the movement to help support Communities and young people across Australia, to see just how amazing and special it is to be part of the oldest continuing civilisations in the world through storytelling. I want to help showcase this to wider Australia, so they too, can feel pride in our shared histories,” shared Zoe.
Zoe’s previous work has seen her co-design and deliver workshops in health, and later combining Aboriginal sciences and technologies in urban, rural and remote communities around Australia.
ILF CEO Ben Bowen says, "Zoe is an enormous addition to the ILF and in particular the Programs Team. I have the utmost respect for the cultural grounding that drives Zoe personally and professionally and look forward to the opportunity to work with her. Zoe's experience, energy, knowledge, innovative mindset and incredible ability to connect and build relationships will be invaluable for the future of the ILF, and the Communities we serve."
Zoe starts on 1 March and we can’t wait to welcome her!