Show Me The Way Blog

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Valuable help for students

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Christi Chapman (second from left) and Emma Dunrobin (fourth from left) with CQ University Emerald Campus coordinator Gai Sypher (fourth from right) and members of the Wangan and Jagalingou people who are members of the Agreement Implementation Group.

BUNDABERG-based Indigenous student Christi Chapman says she’s always had a “keen eye for business” and a hankering to own her own bar, but recognised she has to put in the hard yards to create career opportunities.

Mackay-based Indigenous student Emma Dunrobin has undertaken a summer internship in at the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation in Brisbane, in order to apply her studies in a
real-world environment.
Both of these CQUniversity students recently crossed paths at the Clermont Heritage Centre as recipients of Wangan and Jagalingou Clermont Aboriginal Community Development Fund (ACDF) scholarships, to assist them in their studies over the next four years.

Established by Glencore Coal Assets, the scholarships are valued at $12,500 each year for the duration of the students’ programs (a total value
of $100,000).

As descendants of the Wangan and Jagalingou People, both women had the opportunity to meet with CQUniversity Emerald campus coordinator Gai Sypher, Glencore Coal Assets Australia representatives and members of the Wangan and Jagalingou people who are part of the ACDF Committee.

Aspirations
Studying business and accounting, Ms Chapman says her work in the hospitality industry promoted her interest in owning her own bar, while she also has aspirations to become a business teacher.
“Growing up I actually thought university was for non-Indigenous people, but as I got to high school I thought, nope, I really can do that. I can become a teacher,” she said.

“I want to have that higher education to show not only to me but also my family and friends that Indigenous people can achieve higher education.”

Ms Dunrobin says she has been able to step outside her comfort zone thanks to the support and encouragement of her lecturers.

She said her human resources management internship was a “fantastic opportunity” to gain hands-on workplace experience relevant to her studies, while the scholarship’s financial assistance would be a great help in paying educational expenses, enabling concentration on studies.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sporting scholarships improving wellbeing

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

TWO Perth-based women have the chance to improve the health and wellbeing of their mob as recipients of scholarships from national health promotion charity Bluearth.

The recipients, Georgia King and Annette Morrison, will receive accredited Certificate IV Fitness Training, mentoring and support at North Metro TAFE in Perth. Once they have completed their studies, they will design and run fitness programs for members of Yok Djakoorliny, a health and wellbeing group for Noongar and other Aboriginal women and their friends.

As a Noongar and Yamtaji girl, the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal women is very important to me,” Ms Morrison said. “I love sport and I love my culture very much. With this scholarship, I will work so hard to improve the health of the women around me.”

Ms King said receiving the scholarship will help her realise her desire to work in the health field.

My family has been actively engaged in improving the health of the Aboriginal community,” she said. “Consequently, I’m extremely passionate about working with other Aboriginal women, and to help improve their health and wellbeing.”

Bluearth chief executive Wendy Gillett said the scholarships, established in partnership with the WA Department of Sport and Recreation and Yok Djakoorliny, aim to empower Aboriginal women to take action to address growing levels of chronic disease.

The scholarships also recognise the important role women already play in improving community health and wellbeing,” she said.

Scholarship recipients and Blueearth staff: from left, Georgia King, Carol Brewster Michie (Yok Djakoorlinuy), Wendy Gillet (Blueearth CEO), Anette Morrison, Jenni Curtis (Yok Djakoorlinuy)


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Traineeships help sisters

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Taungurung sisters Teneille and Ashley Johnson from Swan Hill have benefitted from AFL SportsReady and are ready to start their careers. Teneille, 23, and Ashley, 21, have both undertaken traineeships and are now embarking on very different paths.   Teneille started her AFL SportsReady traineeship in banking with ANZ Swan Hill in 2009 while studying at high school. She later went on to study commerce at Swinburne University.

“Back when I was in high school there were limited job prospects in regional Victoria so I had to take initiative and find a pathway into the finance and banking industry,” Teneille said.

Differing from her finance and banking savvy sister, Ashley’s strengths are in business and administration, which is relevant to her current role at the University of Melbourne. She began her traineeship in 2016 with University of Melbourne’s Murrup Barak faculty as part of VTEC’s Indigenous Australian Employment Development Program.
“I saw how hard my sister was working and I was inspired by her,” Ashley said. “She was working two jobs and doing her traineeship as well. She has always encouraged me to follow my own dreams and has supported me through my own journey.

“I’m so happy to be working around such influential people. Every single day I am exposed to new and exciting information. At the moment I am working in earth sciences so I get to see the labs, learn about climate change and geology.”

Ashley is due to complete the program at the end of 2018. Both sisters are living in Melbourne and often travel back to Swan Hill to visit their family.


AFL SportsReady graduate Teneille Johnson.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Ready for work

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

LOCAL cafes and large corporations mixed with Job Ready program students and graduates at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence’s job networking event, Job at First Bite. The event, in Sydney, was about finding ways to partner for sustainable employment, and the companies attending included Stockland, Fresh Catering, Harry’s Cafe, Park Cafe on Chalmers, Clem’s Chicken, Gardiners Lodge, Sodexo and Compass. Over a lunch prepared by chefs Mat Cribb, Jaye Tyrrell and some of the Job Ready team, 10 job offers were made and future commitments locked in.

The NCIE’s Job Ready program, which offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the Certificate II in Hospitality, is led by Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo and Mat Cribb. The program is designed to support graduates for many years after they finish the course.

“Many of our students are facing so many challenges and I’m privileged to be able to support all participants and be surrounded by them here today,” Aunty Beryl said.

“Job Ready trains 60 people every year and assists them into employment, and we keep in touch with graduates from many years ago.

“Sometimes it takes more than an eight-week course to assist someone into employment. The mentoring and support we offer always goes above and beyond what a normal training centre would offer.”

One of the first graduates, in 2006, was Bundjalung and Wiradjuri woman Lisa Mundine, who now runs her own business.

“The course was more than just about learning skills; we were encouraged to think about other industries, and given help to go on and keep going,” she said.

“I want to work with my people, help our mob, and everyone here has the same goal.”
NCIE chief executive Kirstie Parker said the next Job Ready course at the NCIE starts next month.

“Job Ready gives young people the confidence to realise their full potential and gives them the tools to pave the way to a successful career,” she said.

“We’re so proud of the achievements of the graduates; the program has shown to be an asset to both the young people and their communities.”

Mark Thompson from Sodexo and National Centre of Indigenous Excellence chief executive Kirstie Parker at the recent Job at First Bite event

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