Ms. (Waskam) Emelda Davis is a second-generation Australian South Sea Islander who has worked for federal, state, community and grassroots organizations in Australia where she has exhibited diverse expertise in community development, education, training, media and marketing.
As chairwoman of the Australian South Sea Islanders, Port Jackson (ASSIPJ) since 2009, Ms. Davis has revived the focus on “the call for recognition” for the descendants of Australia’s Blackbirding trade through the coordination of seven “Wantok” national workshops between 2012-2015, and the development of the National Australian South Sea Islander Association Constitution adopted at Tweed Heads New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Holding a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, Ms. Davis was awarded partial funding through the Networking Tranby ARC Scholarship for her work on Children of the Sugar Slaves – “Black and Resilient.”
Other achievements include:
2020 CALD Advisory Panel for Women’s Business
2020 Women for Election Australia, Ambassador
2020 Parliament of NSW Community Recognition Statement – Legislative Assembly
2020 Premiers Multicultural Community Medals (Settlement Services International NSW Human Rights Medal)
2020 Masters of Arts (FASS) Children of the Sugar Slaves ‘Black & Resilient’
2017 Rotary Inspirational Women’s Award
2017 Inspirational Wall Medal, Ultimo – Public School Sydney NSW
2016 NSW Women of the Year (Sydney Local)
2015 NSW Council for Pacific Communities Award
As the director for Onyx Management Group since 2004, Ms. Davis has worked consistently and diligently in resourcing Indigenous, Australian South Sea Islander, Pacific, POC and broader community practitioners to deliver projects on a multitude of platforms producing film, television, sports, event management, music and entertainment projects for grassroots, corporate and private sectors.