Carol was born in Childers Queensland into a large extended family and one of 5 children. She has traditional family ties to the Gubbi people through the Blackman, Aldridge and Appo family descendants on her mother’s side. Carol’s grandmother May was the daughter of Alfred and Jessie Blackman who respected the traditions of their people.
Carol’s working life has been in administration in both the public service and private sectors. She left work after 15 years in the Queensland public service to raise her two daughters with her husband.
When she returned to the workforce, Carol worked at the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) for 5 years. She then went onto working in her husband’s business.
Throughout the years Carol has volunteered with Cystic Fibrosis and the Kedron Samaritans Group. Several of her family members have been involved in mentoring and teaching the youth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Carol is excited and proud to be an owner of Pickwick 1A. She is committed to take a lead in the provision of employment and economic opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Carol brings a depth of leadership and administration experience to Pickwick 1A underpinned by respectful family values and beliefs.
Aunty Christine Barney is a Woppaburrra Elder from the Great Keppel Islands. She has lived in Brisbane for 50 years and is recognised as a Brisbane Elder. Aunty Christine has 5 children who follow in her footsteps working with and supporting Indigenous communities in their specialist fields of construction, finance, horticulture, and communications.
She was the first President of Wandarrah Pre-School and Community Centre in Inala, the first autonomous Aboriginal Kindergarten in Queensland. It’s a role she has recently taken on again and the centre will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023. Aunty Christine embeds a high-level expertise, knowledge and experience in governance, employment, human resources, and communication strategies enhanced with historical cultural knowledge and community connections.
Aunty Christine worked in the Department of Communities as a Review & Evaluation Officer reviewing systems in the social justice arena. She has worked as a Principal Policy Officer, Primary Teacher, Secondary Guidance Counsellor and Community Education Counsellor for Education Queensland. Her latest employment role was in Murri Watch as a Senior Counsellor in the Healing Centre for Aboriginal Health Services and she continues to work as a consultant on Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander areas of need.
All her employment roles throughout Queensland in local and remote areas as an educator, assessor, counsellor, and employment strategist have focussed on Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander community members.
Helina Solomon is passionate about community engagement and believes strongly in building those who surround you. She is the eldest daughter of Dr Solomon and Inbam Solomon who have mentored her in business.
Over the years her community involvement has included being a volunteer for both Commonwealth Games (Kuala Lumpur 1998) and the Olympics (Sydney 2000), as well as being selected by the Malaysian Government for a youth national exchange program (Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program).
She also took a one-year sabbatical from work to go on a church exchange, The St Chad’s Volunteer Program, and was based at Lichfield Cathedral. She continues to serve on the council in her local parish of St Paul’s and has been a volunteer Sunday School teacher since 2007.
Helina graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Sydney in 2001 and completed her MBA at Hult International Business School, London in 2013. She is also a Director of Pickwick Group Pty Ltd and the Managing Director of World Discovery Travel.