In May 2017, Uncle Lyall Dennison commenced as Cultural Advisor to the Board of annecto. His wide ranging experience and network strengthens annecto’s ability to provide culturally safe aged care and disability support to First Nations peoples, and his gentle presence provides a bridging and linking environment for annecto and the Aboriginal community to work closely together.
“I’ve worked with a lot of Aboriginal communities and it’s important to know the right people to tap into. I’ve done a lot of work in New South Wales and the Kempsey area, and I can bring my experience to help support annecto, and especially annecto’s Aboriginal workers”, Uncle Lyall remarked.
He brings a wealth of knowledge about diverse Aboriginal communities and groups within those communities. His working life in the NSW public service involved him in Aboriginal community projects such as drug, alcohol and housing programs; anti-discrimination; employment in police and corrective services; and community services.
Since retiring from the public service, Uncle Lyall has kept involved in Aboriginal organisations, and remains deeply committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged Aboriginal people. He has been a board member of both Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group and Wyanga Aboriginal Aged Care Service, as well as an ambassador for NSW Seniors Week.