25 May, 2019
May 25   @ 1:00 pm-3:45 pm

The Yalari Story – educating and empowering Indigenous children

Join us for another RQI Speaker Series event, with our special guest Waverley Stanley AM


(Photo credit: Yalari)

Join Reconciliation Queensland to meet Yalari founder Waverley Stanley AM. In January 2019 Mr Stanley was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the Indigenous community through support for education.

WHEN: Saturday, 25 May 2019 from 1.00 pm until 3.45 pm.
WHERE: Garden City Library (Level R4, Yellow Car Park), Cnr Logan Road & Kessels Road, Mt Gravatt.
RSVP: please email events@rqi.org.au or call Linda Harnett on 0403 265 344.

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Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation offering secondary education scholarships to leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities.

Now in its 14th year of operation, Yalari has 194 indigenous children on scholarships in 26 partner schools across Australia. It also has an alumni group of 346 who are studying at university, working, undertaking further training or raising families.

Yalari was founded in 2005 by Indigenous educationalist Waverley Stanley, his wife Llew Mullins and a group of like-minded and generous people.


Llew and Waverley Stanley (Photo credit: The Podmore Foundation)

Waverley grew up in the town of Murgon, 300 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, and attended Murgon State School. It was at this school where his Grade 7 teacher, Mrs Rosemary Bishop, recognised Waverley’s potential and felt he deserved a chance for a brighter future. Mrs Bishop was instrumental in Waverley gaining a scholarship to attend Toowoomba Grammar School for his high school education. It was this opportunity that started him on the Yalari journey.

Waverley acknowledges his future opportunities and success were shaped by the education he received. In recognition of this opportunity and the desire for Indigenous generational change, Yalari was founded Yalari in 2005 and the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship program was established.

Yalari identifies children who are doing well at primary school and gives them the opportunity to be educated at some of the best boarding schools throughout Australia. Through the gift of education, Yalari provides young Indigenous people with the ideas and skills to help them pursue their goals and dreams, whatever they may be.

Through unwavering vision and passion, Yalari is providing real educational opportunities for Indigenous children. Yalari is supported nationally by generous individuals, philanthropic foundations, companies, government and many fantastic volunteers.

‘Yalari’ is a word from the Birri Gubba Indigenous language group meaning ‘child’. Waverley was given permission to use ‘Yalari’ by the late Grandfather “Blokey” Wilson.

About the RQI Speaker Series

Entry to this Reconciliation Queensland ‘Speaker Series’ General Meeting is free. All are most welcome.

Feel free to bring a plate of food or refreshments to our afternoon tea. This is an informal affair, no motions are on the agenda for the gathering.

Donations are always gratefully received to help our volunteer-run organisation deliver these events.

We aim to promote reconciliation while giving members an opportunity to engage with RQI management and important community figures & leading experts.


Date:May 25
Time:1:00 pm - 3:45 pm


Phone: (07) 3003 6377