Rosemary is a community leader and works as a Multicultural Community Liaison Officer for NSW Police Force.
Rosemary received the Parramatta Council Citizen of the Year 2012, in honour of her work with the African Village Market – a program she founded to help African migrants and refugees start their own businesses.
Rosemary is a very dynamic and energetic figure who is well connected with many African-Australian groups in Sydney. She founded and runs the annual African Women’s Dinner Dance and she is committed to bringing positive change for her in the community. Many of her friends and acquaintances call her ‘Big Mama Rosemary’. She volunteers a lot for the African community, engaging in different activities, especially helping the youth and women.
Rosemary grew up on a farm in the Kenyan town of Eldoret with her 16 siblings. She came to Australia in 1999 and soon realised that that new migrant need a lot of information and help from a community perspective. She decided to be part of the solution and took steps to ensure she could contribute to providing help to those who need it.
Over the years, Rosemary has worked and continues to work with refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers, to educate them about the role of police and how to do the right thing and live successfully in the community.