Day of Healing – UnitingCare West Sorry Day event
As National Sorry Day fell on a Saturday this year, the Vic Park office decided to acknowledge this National Day of Healing on Wednesday 23 May . A day where staff and community could come together in the office and were able to acknowledge, grow and learn.
Guest speaker, Perry Ugle, shared his lived experience of the policies and practices that resulted in the widespread removal of Aboriginal children from their families and communities. This meant that he was removed from his family at age four and taken to live in the dormitories of Roelands Mission.
Perry’s wife Dawn shared about the impact that still flows on from these experiences.
When reflecting about the experience of sharing his story with staff at UCW Perry said that it was a healing experience. It was only the second time that he had shared his story as it is not something that he generally talks about or even likes to think about.
Perry also shared his amazing paintings and explained about the stories behind some of them.
Sorry Day – a Day of Healing
In 2005, Sorry Day was renamed as a National Day of Healing for all Australians for all Australians by the National Sorry Day Committee.
You can read more about UnitingCare West’s commitment to reconciliation here.