My name is Izzy, I’m from a small community 40km north west of Canberra called Gundaroo. When I finished high school I moved to Melbourne to go to university and experience life in the city. I loved living in Melbourne but at the start of 2019 I decided I was ready for a change, so I moved to Alice Springs to work for Tjanpi Desert Weavers at NPY Women’s Council. I worked with ladies from across the NPY lands when they were visiting in town, and travelled to some APY communities like Mimili, Indulkana and Kaltjiti. The big beautiful desert landscape is one of my favourite things about living in Alice Springs, as well as the amazing sunsets and sunrises. 
I wanted to work with Waltja because it is such a strong organisation, one that listens to the voices and ideas of its directors. I’ll be working mainly with young people and their families on helping to build up strength and resilience. But I hope that I can work with everyone in community, both young and old, on setting some long term goals of what community could be like in the future, and together, we can start working towards them.