Western SIP – Signs of Hope: “Voice, Truth, Treaty”

Sherry Balcombe’s dream is to help give Aboriginal children a good education so that in the future they can be great advocates for all Aboriginal people.
  •  17 September 2019
     7:30PM - 9:00PM

Sherry Balcombe has worked at the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry for 14 years and has been the Coordinator for approximately 2 years. She has a passion for what she does and enjoys supporting her local community on a state and National level. She is an Olkola / Djabaguy woman from Far North Queensland. Sherry’s dream is to help give Aboriginal children a good education so that in the future they can be great advocates for all Aboriginal people. Sherry also has a passion for our troubled youth and on behalf of the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People regularly visits children in Parkville detention centre . She is also on a Volunteers Advisory Committee to the Minister for Family & Children and Minister for Youth: Hon. Jenny Mikakos. Sherry prides herself on working with community and many Catholic organisations and trying to improve the lives of her community as a whole. Sherry grew up in Maribyrnong and was educated in the Western suburbs. She has 4 children and 3 grandsons.

The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry has been operating for 26 years and works closely with schools, parishes and community organisations in cross cultural education. There are a number of programs running from the Ministry including the Opening The Doors Foundation supporting Indigenous students in independent schools throughout Victoria. It also runs the FIRE Carriers Program connecting us with Catholic schools from around the state and currently has a network of primary schools and secondary schools in metro Melbourne and every Catholic school in the Sandhurst Diocese. So over 110 schools around the state have joined in partnership with the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria.


Club Italia, Furlong Rd, St Albans, Victoria


Club Italia is between the Western Ring Road and Sunshine Hospital.

Come along by yourself or with a group of friends and catch up with old friends or make new ones.  It will be an evening of live conversation, started by our speakers.

There will be an opportunity for you to share your story, insights or learnings in small groups or in plenary session if you so choose.

Support the club that supports Western SIP by dining there beforehand from 6.00 p.m. Dine on a table with other Western SIP participants.  Early arrival allows time to order and enjoy your meal before moving into the room we use which is off the Bistro area.

In these times of Covid record keeping, it is essential that you let us know if you are coming. Please reply to Westernsip.club@gmail.com letting us know if you are coming for: 1. Meal  2. SIP session, or call 0429 869 457 between 2.00pm and 6.00 p.m.