MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Paul Vandenberg (Founder)
I am a proud Aboriginal man from Wirrangu country on the West Coast of SA. My upbringing on the Far West Coast drove my passion for making change and a difference to the lives of Aboriginal young people in metropolitan, regional and remote areas of SA. My long-term aim is to instil confidence, a sense of identity, pride in language and country, and long term positive education, health and well-being outcomes for Aboriginal young people. I believe that having a stable home is the platform for Aboriginal people to be in a position to achieve and we have seen amazing results when given the opportunity, the tools and the right environment that we can achieve anything.
Having good strong sustainable partnerships can lead to self-determination, a healthier life that is full of choices, further education opportunities and most importantly a meaningful long-term career.
I was a keen sportsperson, however throughout my sporting career l worked and studied in Aboriginal affairs and have an abundance of experience in leadership, consultation and liaison roles that continues to drive me today to become better and to be the change I wish to see in the world for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. I spent 16 years within various government agencies in the public service, working for Aboriginal housing, health and education and managed a number of programs including the metropolitan and country housing program, as well as the Aboriginal Community Housing program that manages the remote and non-remote Aboriginal community housing program in SA.
I am currently the Director, Aboriginal Programs with the Port Adelaide Football Club and have been with the Club since 2010 designing, managing and delivering our Aboriginal programs. We have been acknowledged by the AFL and corporate Australia in leading the industry for our programs and are very proud on the work we are delivering in metropolitan, regional and remote SA & NT. Recently I have been approached by the AFL and the CEO of PAFC to undertake studies that will enhance my experiences and allow me to continue to grow and become a future leading in the Industry. I have always believed I was a leading among my people (Aboriginal) but only recently acknowledged my leadership also extends to non-Aboriginal staff and people I am associated with.
Business Development Manager at Job Prospects, experience in employer engagement and recruitment solutions.
- Current Woodville District Basketball Club Premier league Men’s coach
- Former Central District Lions head coach, 8 years
- Former Woodville Premier league player, 440 Games, 2000 Championship
- State Under 20s Men’s Coach, Gold and Bronze Medals
- Championship player with Ricoh Amsterdam, Dutch League
- Premier League Coach of the Year 2013
This academy was a no brainier for me, to build path ways to employment through education and basketball is all of my worlds rolled into one, proud to be involved.
Professional Non-Executive Director with 20 years’ experience in the Child Protection and the Community Service industry. Tim is a co-founder of the South Australian community service organisation Connected Self, an inaugural board member of the Free Throw Foundation and inaugural board member of the Aboriginal Basketball Academy.
- SEABL Woodville player
- AIS scholarship 92, 93
- State representative for 5 years, u/16, u/18’s, u/20’s.. Vice Captain and winner or 3 National Australian Championships
- Woodville Junior Player of the Decade
- NBL 93-96
- Woodville ABA
- West Adelaide Women’s Head Coach 2016-17
- Coach of the Year 2016
- Aboriginal Basketball Academy Head Coach 2017
Tim has a long and proud history of working with children and young people. Tim is passionate about providing opportunities and experiences for people to build their capacity to be the best they can be. Tim has always shared his passion for working with Aboriginal people across Australia. His love for basketball and community service is the perfect mix to witness the growth and potential of the Aboriginal Basketball Academy.
Noongar Women (South West Corner of Western Australia) Currently working at Nunkuwarrin Yunti as a Community Engagement Officer – Indigenous Health support and information
- Former Woodville Districts Basketball Club Player
When I was asked to be a part of this academy I jumped at the opportunity, to be involved with these amazing youths to watch and support their journey grow through education and basketball.
Craig Gilbert is the current President of the Woodville District Basketball club, the club he lead as a player the 2000 Championship, Craig has also enjoyed success at SEABL level with the Ballarat Miners and the Hobart Devils in the NBL.
Craig has built a strong reputation in the Australian basketball community and is the current State manager for Cardtronics Australia.
Rebecca Wilson has over 10 years’ experience in mentoring and coaching new apprentices and trainees. She is currently the Aboriginal Mentor at Job Prospects and responsible for all aspects of pre and post mentoring with employers and the unemployed alike. She brings over 15 years of employment and training experience to the board mainly dealing with young people and school aged candidates.
“I absolutely love working with people to overcome barriers to gain the necessary skills and then move into and maintain meaningful employment.
When I was asked to become a board member I jumped at the chance to be able to try and assist the young people in a similar way.”