“I’m proud to call myself a North Queenslander,” Anna says. “Townsville is, and always will be, my home.
The community and the vibe of Townsville when I was growing up there was very open and freeing. I hung out with lots of different groups, one being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who I attribute a lot of my sense of humour to.
I grew up and went to school in Townsville and made the difficult decision to move south in 2009. I have fond memories of the many camping trips and adventures exploring the beaches, creeks and National Parks.
In the early 80s I worked part-time at two record stores in Townsville (Wavelength and Pet Sounds). The things I learned there gave me a fantastic grounding in music and what drives people to consume it.
My time studying at JCU exposed me to different avenues to advocate for Aboriginal people and gave me the foundation to start TAG – Traditional Aboriginal Games.
My time studying at TCTC has helped put me in good stead for my current work in radio and filming, along with my own projects at home.
Kelsey Heuir, who participated in last year’s Deb Of The Year event, decided to continue the tradition her family has upheld. “My sister, my mum and my aunties have all made their debut and enjoyed their experience.”
Jackie Gillies discovered her psychic ability as a child. “When I was little I used to talk to people but I thought it was my imagination. As I got older I realised that wasn’t the case — I was actually speaking to spirits.”