The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients
2019 SA Local Hero Nominee
Ms Jelina HainesState: South Australia
Jelina Haines is an award-winning textile artist and academic who uses her local and international recognition to promote cultural harmony. After forging a strong connection with the Ngarrindjeri community, she is focused on providing a platform for local artists and ensuring that traditional culture is preserved and thrives.
Jelina Haines is an award-winning textile artist and academic who uses her local and international recognition to promote cultural harmony. Drawing on her experiences growing up in the remote mountains of the Philippines, Jelina forged a strong connection with the Ngarrindjeri community.
After volunteering on a series of ecology projects to restore land and culture to local families, Jelina began working with traditional weavers and volunteering at the local museum to archive artworks. She co-founded an art cooperative for reconciliation and cross-cultural exchange – creating an opportunity for international students to enjoy an intercultural experience each year.
Jelina is currently developing her PhD project: devising a secure software system to ethically record knowledge and stories from Aboriginal Elders. In addition to her own artistic contributions, she provides a platform for local artists to present their creative works and build small enterprises. Presenting regularly at conferences, Jelina carries her message of environmentalism, social justice and cultural respect in Australia and overseas.