I.C.E. is proud to appoint two strong advocates for ethnically diverse voices to its board. Korean-Australian English language teacher and refugee support worker, Junghee Seeto, and screen industry leader, Donna Chang, strengthen I.C.E.’s connection to and understanding of underrepresented communities.
An English language teacher who has worked with migrant women and others in need of English language acquisition support since 2004, Junghee Seeto knows first-hand the importance of making information widely accessible to marginalised communities. Junghee is also a member of I.C.E.’s Embroidery Collective, who since 2020, have been collaborating with leading Wiradjuri/Gamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones on a suite of embroideries. These will form the heart of Jones’ exhibition (untitled) transcriptions of country, commissioned by the Palais De Tokyo, Paris and Artspace Sydney.* Junghee spoke of what the board appointment meant to her.
“I am honoured to be appointed to the board of I.C.E. an organisation that is instrumental in generating cultural engagement and activity to artists and communities in Western Sydney,” Junghee said.
As Commissioning Editor at SBS Scripted, Donna Chang has helped to oversee and develop SBS’s pipeline of original scripted fiction projects, including drama and comedy. Donna combines industry experience with her own commitment to showcasing underepresented communities, drawing on her career in the screen industry, including at Screen Australia, where she served as Development Executive as well as at Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free, in London.
At SBS, Donna oversees the development and production of short form and feature initiatives that provide opportunities for emerging talent from diverse backgrounds, to share their unique stories of contemporary Australia.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the board of I.C.E. as I have long admired the incredibly crucial work they do in supporting emerging and under-represented creatives in Western Sydney communities,” Donna said.
Executive Director, Anne Loxley, spoke of the way these appointments reflect I.C.E.’s ongoing investment in authentic community collaboration.
“Junghee and Donna will be invaluable advocates for our organisation,” Anne said.
“The knowledge, expertise and life experience which Junghee and Donna bring to the I.C.E. board will deepen our relationships with the cultural practitioners and communities who are so central to our work.”
These new board additions follow that of Dharug Traditional Custodian and Knowledge Holder Julie Clarke-Jones (Webb) to the I.C.E. board in July last year.
I.C.E. Chair Pino Migliorino AM described the need for this emphasis on community engagement.
“It’s so wonderful to have Junghee and Donna join the board,” Pino said. “Their talent, skills and community connections will be invaluable to I.C.E.’s ongoing legitimacy and relevance.”