Shona is a proud Eastern Arrernte Woman, with family legacy that extends into the Hart Ranges in the Northern Territory. With the separation of her family from their country many years ago, Shona has lived and worked across South Australia for most of her life and regards South Australia as home. With a Bachelor of Behavioural Science Degree from Flinders University, Shona has devoted her knowledge, experience, professional and personal life to the advancement and rights of Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities for over two decades.
For 15 years, Shona has worked across the child protection, young offending and the out-of-home care sector in predominately regional and remote areas,including the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. In recent years, Shona has focused her expertise on governance and accountability across the APY and Far West Coast regions of South Australia.
Shona has come to Reconciliation SA from the Legislative Council within the Parliament of South Australia as the Executive and Research Officer for the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee. In this role, she has worked closely with Parliamentary Members from many different political parties and persuasions in assisting with their connection to and understanding of matters that are important for Aboriginal South Australians.