Kelly Sibanda’s passion for community engagement was shaped by her upbringing in Zimbabwe. It has been influenced by her strong engagement and involvement in the African Community in Queensland, her multicultural school, and university clubs. As a migrant with a mixed African Australian family, Kelly learned to navigate between the two cultures, to transition between them and find her identity.
Kelly is known within the Queensland African community in Queensland for her leadership and community work. She has been an active member of the Queensland African Communities Council (QACC). Kelly’s commitment and dedication to the community was recognised and celebrated in being awarded the Highly Commended African Australian Community Ambassador of the Year Award at the African Australian Awards. Kelly was also awarded the Young African Australian Leader Award at the Queensland African Australian Awards in recognition of her achievements and leadership.
Her volunteer work with QACC led her to her current position as a Youth Engagement Officer within the Migrant Youth Vision Project (MYVP) at Multicultural Australia where she has been working for 4 years. Her one-on-one work with clients as well as her delivery of various programs has seen many young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds reaching their employment, education, training and sport goals.
Kelly completed a Bachelor of Justice, majoring in Criminology and Policing from the Queensland University of Technology and is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws at Griffith University. She would like to advocate and represent those from refugee and migrant backgrounds in law and policy to ensure a fair and prosperous Australia for everyone.
Kelly will be co-hosting the 'Ways of Working' showcase on Thursday 13 February