In late 2008, after the Foundation had been dormant for a few years, Roberta asked Danny Gilbert to re-energise the BWAEF. Danny convinced Roberta that the name should be changed to the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation (RSIEF). Danny Gilbert, as Principal of the RSIEF, appointed a new Board to carry on Roberta Sykesâ€™ important work. In 2010, Peter Waters (Chair), Jilpia Jones, Shireen Malamoo, Mark McMillan, Richard Potok and Nicole Watson were appointed as Trustees. Richard was also appointed Executive Director.
On 14 November 2010 Roberta Sykes passed away. She was 66 years old.
RSIEF has continued Robertaâ€™s legacy and currently supports a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to undertake postgraduate study abroad. RSIEF also has started a program of bursaries to support short course overseas study. You can read more about the Roberta Sykes Scholars here.
In 2016, the RSIEF Board consists of Danny Gilbert as Principal, Peter Waters as Chair, Donisha Duff, Tim Goodwin, Jilpia Jones, Greg Lehman, Shireen Malamoo and Richard Potok as Trustees. Richard is still Executive Director with administrative support from staff at the Aurora Education Foundation.