This story is dedicated to the memory of our greatly loved daughter, sister, aunty, niece, cousin, friend, teacher and mentor, Lucy Hudson, who sadly left our PaL family late in 2016. Lucy features in photographs and films on this website. These images remain in place at the request of her family to honour her extraordinary contribution to the Parents and Learning program.
Lucy’s passion for early childhood and helping children grow up proud and strong began in her teenage years and was unwavering throughout her lifetime. She combined her educational expertise with her rich and extensive cultural knowledge to help develop children’s learning programs unique to Napranum. She was a key instigator in the development of this early childhood program known as PaL (Parents and Learning) that grew way beyond our greatest expectations, as well as our charitable organisation, the Napranum PaL Group. In fact, without her, this program might never have developed and the subsequent opportunities for many Indigenous women, men and children may never have resulted.
Through her dedication to the Napranum PaL Group as a board member and as a PaL Program Educator, Lucy touched many lives; from the far north of Western Australia, all across Queensland and to the tip of Cape York Peninsula, Lucy was well known and loved by all. Lucy also features in many small films not included on this site. In these films, she models reading and enjoying PaL Program books with children and in this way has made her way into more family homes and the hearts and minds of children than you can imagine. She was very proud of the PaL program and the part she played.
Lucy was a true warrior for culture, for education, and for children and families growing up strong and proud. We will never forget this remarkable woman; she will be in our hearts forever.