Meet Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian
Ms. Yavu-Kama-Harathunian attributes her success to her passion to set processes in place for transformation to occur through her work and through her lifestyle
BUNDABERG, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian, Director, Chaplain, Director, Chaplain Spiritual and Social Services for IWC, has been named a Worldwide Who's Who Professional of the Year in Spiritual & Social Services. While inclusion in Worldwide Who's Who is an honor, only a small selection of members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, years of service, and the credentials they have provided in association with their Worldwide Who's Who membership.
Ms. Yavu-Kama-Harathunian has 32 years of professional experience, having recently become a director and chaplain of IWC. She has dedicated herself to ending domestic violence, and promoting lateral love through therapy and Aboriginal spirituality. In the course of her duties, she is responsible for overseeing daily operations that coincide with her role as director. She also provides pastoral care and counseling to organizational staff and clients. IWC is a nonprofit organization that provides centralized management and administration across a range of programs.
Prior to joining IWC, Ms. Yavu-Kama-Harathunian worked as a "Hello Girl" on the National and International Telephone Exchange. She was also a part-time model, and a women's hostel supervisor. A Child Protection Officer, Ms. Yavu-Kama-Harathunian also served as a foster parent to 13 Aboriginal children.
Ms. Yavu-Kama-Harathunian is a traditional Australian Aboriginal woman of the Terabalang Bunda, Gooreng Gooreng and Kabbi Kabbi peoples. She has achieved professional success in business, academia, and cultural portfolios. She has a passion for living in the moment and gives thanks for the silence and to the Creator Spirit for the life of peace with which she has been gifted, to live in times that are turbulent yet filled with hope and peace. She was recently introduced to Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell's works, where she was touched by the lyrics of her song "We Are." The most powerful verse of the song, in Ms. Yavu-Kama-Harathunian's opinion, states: "We are mothers of courage, fathers of time, daughters of dust, and sons of great vision." Ms. Yavu-Kama-Harathunian lives her life by following the first principle of her people's Aboriginal Law. This principle states: "All life is sacred, both animate and inanimate, and I have been created by Creator Spirit to protect, love, nurture, appreciate, respect, and care for all of life." Ms. Yavu-Kama-Harathunian tries to practice this law in the gift of life that she has been given.
Ms. Yavu-Kama-Harathunian attributes her success to her passion to set processes in place for transformation to occur through her work and through her lifestyle. She became involved in her profession by accepting the opportunities that were gifted to her by others and because she wanted to walk with others who were finding their connections to their Spirituality and the essence of their core life experience. The most gratifying aspect of her life is being a mother who watched her children grow into adults who contribute back to their family, community and their place and space in the world in compassionate, loving, caring and peaceful ways. Her children have told her at a Recognition Event, "Thank you for who you are in the world and for being our Mom." In her professional career, her achievements include developing an Indigenous Research Model with a colleague, developing and implementing a Transformational Management Model, writing and publishing articles and papers on Aboriginal Australian issues, and being a sought-after conference, seminar and colloquium speaker. Cheri has embarked upon writing about the development and implementation of the Transformational Management Model. The research for the book is 'in- situ' and she hopes to complete the book, titled, "A Transformational Management Model - A Necessity for Working in Aboriginal Community Development" in late 2014.
Ms. Yavu-Kama-Harathunian received a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Indigenous and Community Health and a Certificate in Small Business Development. In addition to her degrees, she is a Certified Minister of Religion and a member of the DoveTail Inc. Cultural Reference Group, as well as IWC Ltd. Cultural Advisory Council and Zonta International. To give back to her community, she contributes to Chaplin Counseling in Regional Centers in and around Bundaberg where ever the footprint of IWC Ltd. lies in the landscape. In years to come, Ms. Yavu-Kama-Harathunian intends to experience continued professional growth.
For more information about IWC, visit http://www.iwc.org.au
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