Yiradhu Marang, My name is Leticia-Anne-Maree Quince. I thought to share with you bit about my dreaming and journey that started 24 years ago. I was born on beautiful Wiradjuri country and during my childhood, I lived in various towns across country Western NSW – In 2013 I moved to the community and place that I now call home, Dubbo in Western NSW. In January 2021, I made the big move to the embrace the beautiful salt waters of Awabakal Country – Newcastle.
My childhood brought forward many challenges, and I experienced many things that shaped the rest of my future in various ways. I was removed from my family in my early teens and lived the rest of my youth with an amazing Foster Family. Overcoming my trauma wasn’t easy, but it made me hella resilient, driven for more and taught me to value and embrace every opportunity that comes my way!
I’ve always been someone that has been passionate about social change and growth and giving back to our community. When I was 18, during the time of completing my Diploma in Community Services, I became a Dance Instructor at PCYC Dubbo, which I danced my nights away after work until December 2019. During the same year, I taught dance and volunteered at Apollo House Community Centre, voluntarily tutored secondary students at Grey St Aboriginal Hostel Limited and was Chairperson for the Dubbo City Youth Council for two years. At 19, I delved into working in the Community Services sector and became a caseworker at Uniting DOORWAYS, supporting youth at risk or currently experiencing homelessness. I stayed in this role until I embraced the next step in my journey as a Youth Development Coach in April 2019, coaching and mentoring young people 15-21 in foster care (my passion area).
I have always had a passion for empowering other young people to achieve their goals and aspiration, to have a voice and embrace who they are! I try my best to role model daily in our community that anything is possible if you work for it.
Over the past 5 years, I have been a youth ambassador for AbSec advocating for Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care and child protection. I have been a young consultant for Create Foundation, a peak advocacy body for children and young people in out-of-home care. I’ve also, been a Young Consultant for Department of Communities and Justices (formally FACS), UCChange group, consulting and advocacy for out-of-home care practice and systematic change.
Through supporting other young people to work towards their dreams and aspirations daily, I took a step back to reflect on my own. Throughout my life, I’ve always had a creative spark, that was burning in my soul – My flame grew through dance teaching, having photography as a hobby, painting Indigenous art and shaking a leg out in the bush. It was my place of grounding, and now it’s my place of growth in my career aspirations as a designer. I commenced my Diploma in Graphic Design at Billy Blue College of Design in 2019 and fell in love with being able to bring ideas to life digitally and practically for others! I am now letting my flame burn bright and strong each and every day.
Fast forward to March 2020 – I launched my graphic design business Leticia Anne Designs and I haven’t looked back. I knew it was my calling from the moment I sat my first lecture, as from there everything just flowed. I love helping others bring their business visions and identity to life! But more excitingly, I love supporting and empowering other Aboriginal-led small business, Aboriginal inclusive and community development businesses to embrace and feel a sense of ownership and pride within their business branding and presence.
In December 2020, I was honoured to be awarded the AbSec NSW Aboriginal Child and Family Awards Young Person of the Year. Then in 2021 I was awards the Transgrid Indigenous Achievement Award for 7 News Young Achievers Award. These are significant achievements of which I was so humble yet blooming in joy, for the amazing recognition. It’s moment like these, where we take the time to actually reflect on our journey and what we really have achieved alongside the impact we have made, when usually its actions we do so subconsciously as the people we are.
I’m hoping in reading bit about who I am as a person, my journey and my passions, that you feel comfortable to take the step to reach and connect. I look forward to getting to know you, hearing about your journey and for how I can best help you to embrace your business dreaming with a brand you love and embrace daily.