Josie Janz-Dawson

Family Background: Torres Strait Islander woman born on Thursday Island.

Career Highlights:

  • 2017 Playing netball for the Severn Stars, Worcester UK
  • 2008-2016 Playing for West Coast Fever in the ANZ Championship

Job Role: Deadly Sista Girlz Program Manager

Location: Perth, WA

Describe a typical days work at the Foundation:

Generally checking in with our DSG mentors and programs to see what’s happening across all our sites. Looking at ways to improve our program content, delivery modes, mentor training and participant engagement in school or community so often spending a bit of time thinking and creating ideas.

We often get a lot of requests to help with young girls in the community needing mentoring who may not necessarily be a part of our DSG program so I do spend some time in the office yarning with those girls whether they’re little sistagirls or young women, just trying to give them some inspiration to be the best and healthiest version of themselves.

Favourite part of being a mentor: Having connections and relationships with younger sistagirls in the community, whenever I see them around they always come up for a yarn or just a hug, some also think they’re my shadow or chaperone and follow me all day. It’s good to have those relationships because you never know when you may be needed or called up, whether it’s tomorrow or in 5-10 years, those girls will know that they always have someone who is their friend, who will support them and believe in them.

Personal inspiration: Oprah. She just always knows all the right things to say and isn’t afraid to keep learning. She’s inspiration for all of us to keep helping others in need.

Quote to live by: “...It is when we act freely, for the sake of the action itself rather than for ulterior motives, that we learn to become more than what we were.” - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

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