Linda Ryle is the Managing Director of CALM (Cultural Advocacy and Legal Mediation). CALM assist is the intersectional cultural change Agency. A consultancy practice which also supports a business branch focusing on the co-design and facilitation of location based social justice projects.
Supported by a team of legal and business experts CALM assist with every level of First Nations Diversity and Inclusion engagement, and is 100% owned, operated and directed by First Women.
Linda has consistently worked, studied, volunteered and mentored concurrently since the late 1990s. As a trusted and respected leader, she has been an instrumental communication liaison between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the legal profession. Linda is a proud Aboriginal woman. Through tireless volunteering and advocacy, Linda works to amplify the voices and perspectives of Aboriginal women and provide equitable access to justice, education and economic advancement.
MOST PROUD OF
My no nonsense persistence and audacity to ask the hard questions.
WHY I LOVE QUEENSLAND
Where I live, in the mountains of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the landscape is lush, the air is clear, the soil is fertile, and wildlife abound. The community is diverse and has generally been very accepting of difference. The traditional Jiniburra Culture sustained. I love the song of the magpie, the regal aloofness of the black crow. The depth of red in the king parrot’s chest and the call of the storm bird as rain promises.
I love the place I was born, on the Whitsunday Coast, Birrigubba country. The Great Barrier Reef was part of my playground as a child with regular fishing and crabbing and boat trips, beach bonfires and swimming all year round. Plenty of “wasted” hours in the mangrove mud. Always good fresh seafood and much unencumbered family companionship (we had nothing but each other and the sea country).
MY VISION FOR QUEENSLAND
For all Queensland to embrace all that First Nations culture has to offer. To respect our collective differences and celebrate those same differences together. First Peoples have welcomed and shared our countries from the very beginning.
I have a vision for a more inclusive and grateful community of Australia. A place where we celebrate and support our own as the descendants of the World’s First and longest existing culture in the world. A vision for the day that Australia and Queensland finally see and genuinely embrace the inherent and real value of the contributions, and potential, of First Women.
ADVICE FOR QUEENSLAND WOMEN
The two pieces of advice I would share are “Can’t means… won’t try” (thanks Mum) and “Take responsibility” (Thanks Dad).
FEMECONOMY HAS PARTNERED WITH THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT’S OFFICE FOR WOMEN TO SHOWCASE QUEENSLAND WOMEN WHO ARE STRIVING TO CREATE GENDER EQUALITY.
Queensland is built by amazing Queenslanders. Every day women in Queensland are taking action to make Queensland safer for women, to help women’s health and wellbeing, to build women’s economic security and to increase women’s participation in the workforce and female leadership. Femeconomy is showcasing 20 women from across Queensland that are delivering the Queensland Government’s Women’s Strategy.