Welcome to Country announces the appointment of Medika Thorpe to its board of directors

Media Release, 1 May  2023

Welcome to Country, a First Nations led and operated social enterprise featuring a not-for-profit marketplace for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences and products, is proud to announce that Medika Thorpe has joined its board of directors.

Medika Thorpe is a proud Gunnai, Gunditjmara and Gooreng Gooreng woman, with a wealth of experience in the media and creative arts. Medika’s experience in various roles spanning across her career within media, community health and the creative arts has helped her build rapport to advocate and empower the communities she serves and supports. 

As a member of the Board of Directors, Medika will bring her expertise in media and the creative arts, as well as her strong cultural knowledge to the table. She will help guide Welcome to Country’s vision for prosperous First Nations communities, delivering on its purpose to support greater economic independence of First Nations entrepreneurs and will play a key role in the organisation’s media and communications strategies.

“We are delighted to welcome Medika Thorpe to our board of directors,” said Welcome to Country CEO, Desmond Campbell. “Her expertise in the media and the arts will be a huge asset to our organisation and her connection to community and culture will help us connect and build our relationships further with our people across Australia. We believe that she will play a pivotal role in helping us to achieve our goal to provide additional pathways for First Nations entrepreneurs to connect and share their culture with the world enabling greater economic independence.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Welcome to Country Board of Directors,” said Medika Thorpe. “I am passionate about working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, promoting First Nations businesses and showcasing the world’s oldest continuing culture. I believe that Welcome to Country can play a powerful role in achieving this goal. I am looking forward to working with the team at Welcome to Country to develop and implement innovative media strategies that will help us to reach a wider audience and make a meaningful impact.”

With Medika Thorpe’s appointment, Welcome to Country is well-positioned to continue its growth as a purpose driven social enterprise promoting First Nations businesses and cultures. 

Welcome to Country
 is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision for prosperous Indigenous communities. The experience marketplace is designed to be accessible, engaging, and easy to use on the go, connecting travellers with exceptional First Nations cultural experiences around Australia. Welcome to Country also give Australians the chance to browse and purchase over 1,000 different products from the online shop. Every purchase made with Welcome to Country benefits Indigenous communities, businesses and people.

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Megan Branigan
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