Sunshine Coast student and CQUni Student Representative Council member April Cunningham is currently on her way to Paris to represent Australia as a Global Voices delegate at the OECD Forum. The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) student and mum-of-one is a proud Indigenous woman who aims to embed her culture through to the next generation of learners.
What was a recent highlight in your life?
Being selected as a Global Voices Delegate. I am recurrently proposing a research policy around building a relationship between the Government and Indigenous Australians and what the process of that would look like – perhaps through sustainability and looking through a cultural lens.
What is the best thing about being at CQUni?
I love my friends on the Student Representative Council – we have built great connections and lifelong friendships.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why?
Sue Inglis who is a colleague and friend of mine. Sue was the one who encouraged me to continue university and has continuously held very high expectations of me. She taught me resilience, to never gave up and showed me my worth and inner strength. She has been a major influence in my life and has supported me continuously in my trajectory.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I love to go to the park with my daughter, walk along the beach and generally be immersed in nature.
What do you love most about your role as a childcare worker?
I have the ability to inspire my people by being a positive role model for them and changing the stereotypes and thinking around Indigenous Australians.
Which country in the world would you most like to visit?
I would love to visit Santorini in Greece.
Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Jennifer Hawkins, Jessica Mauboy and James Dryfus so far.