Muriel has been the CEO of Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) for 20 years. She has transformed Aboriginal child welfare in Victoria and nationally through her advocacy and leadership.
She received Australian Honours in 2019 for distinguished service to the Indigenous community of Victoria as an advocate for the self-determination and cultural rights of children.
'The award is recognition not just of my work, but of the staff and board at VACCA. It's recognition of the Victorian Aboriginal community’s continuing drive to improve matters for our families and children, and to change the state of affairs here. The award has made life busier for me personally but it helps in opening more doors for us.'
Muriel has long been an active advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
She works tirelessly to ensure Aboriginal children, especially those in care, maintain a strong connection with their cultural identity.
'Women have always done important work in the community without receiving the recognition they deserve. Awards like this will encourage more women to continue working in their chosen fields, like community advancement, which generally go unnoticed and don't offer the same material awards.'
Reviewed 19 February 2019