Madeline Forde

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Madeline Forde

NIINA MARNI (Hello in Kaurna Language). Maddy’s home is originally in Kaurna Country (Adelaide). Maddy was educated in a Marist school, and has spent the past 6 years working alongside young people for the Marist Brothers, De La Salle Brothers and Sacred Heart College in Youth Ministry.

She is currently residing in Bidjigal and Gadigal Country (Sydney) studying a Masters of Social Work, whilst working with Australian Catholic University on Dharug Country (Blacktown), and as a support worker with people with disabilities.

Maddy is driven to redefine our perception of peripheries, and people on the margins, challenging the discourse to recognise everyone is at the centre of their own worlds, so we accept the invitation to take the time to sit with and amongst people learning from them. By doing this providing a space in which everyone feels safe, heard and unconditionally loved.

This led her to connect with First Nations communities as well as communities in Cambodia, emphasising ethical engagement with reciprocal learning from communities to visitors. She feels quite privileged to be journeying with young people, walking alongside them, and watching them grow to be the best version of themselves whilst being confident leaders for the betterment of our world.