EON’s Executive Chair and Founder, Caroline de Mori, recently shared the story of EON’s beginnings for the ‘West Aussie Greats’ segment on Perth’s 6PR radio station.
Caroline’s earlier career took her to remote parts of WA where she witnessed first-hand the nutritional poverty experienced by so many Aboriginal children, and learnt about the ongoing impacts this had on their future health, well-being and life-opportunities. In 2005, undeterred by the size and ‘unknowns’ of the challenge, Caroline and fellow EON-founder Katrina Burton got to work. Informed by consultation with the late, esteemed Ernie Bridge AM and key Aboriginal stakeholders, the grassroots, community-led model for EON’s Thriving Communities Program was born.
Back then the program was trialled in one remote Kimberley community on the Dampier Peninsula. Fast forward to today and EON has delivered the program to 39 communities across WA and the NT, and has a waiting list of many more!
Caroline’s ability to recognise a challenge, and the opportunities for change it provides, set the culture for EON that continues to this day.Listen to the full interview here: