Lorna Bowie grew up on Badu Island and attended Badu Island State School and then like many Torres Strait Islander children attended boarding school to complete high school at St Peter Lutheran College in Brisbane.
Lorna’s early work experience came from working for her parents in the family business Wakaid Coral Sea Supermarket and the Tradewind Seafood factory onBadu. A highlight in Lorna’s life was completing a seven month leadership program through the Star Institute of Learning and Leadership called Dada Gana Women’s Indigenous Leadership Program.
Lorna commenced employment with TSIRC in January 2011 as Secretary to the late Cr Wayne Guivarra at Badu Island. Later in the year when her position became redundant Lorna commenced employment as an MSAO and started studies at TAFE and completed a Cert III in Business Administration.
In July 2012 Lorna was successful in applying for the position of admin assistant in the TSIRC Legal Services Division. Lorna also during this time commenced andcompleted a Cert IV in Business Administration and a duel Diploma in Business and Management.
In 2013 Lorna was successful in being appointed as the Divisional Engineering Coordinator in TSIRC Engineering Department. Lorna attributes her success to support managers and co-workers who have mentored and guided her along her journey. Lorna also says “if you don’t know something ask someone who knows, there is never a dumb question.”
In 2014 Lorna was seconded over to the sea wall project as the sea wall project coordinator for eight months. Following on from the sea wall project Lorna has worked as Executive Assistant to the Executive Manager Engineering Services, and Executive Assistant to the Mayor and CEO.
Recently Lorna acted in the position of Senior Project Officer for Grants Development. Lorna enjoys all the different opportunities that she has been successful in obtaining, this has given and developed her skills and experience to adapt in a dynamic environment. Lorna intends to complete further studies at university this year studying a Bachelor of Business Management. Lorna hopes her further studies will enable her to gain a more leading role within TSIRC.