Emerging Aboriginal Leaders Program
ATCO was delighted to celebrate the launch of the first Emerging Aboriginal Leaders Program with the WA Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI).
This is the first program of its kind, established by WAALI to develop the leadership qualities of Aboriginal young people in a culturally focused way and is proudly supported by ATCO.
Eight participants are taking part in the first program, which commenced in late August. This 10-week program is designed to improve educational outcomes by strengthening cultural identity, self-development and connection to culture and community. The program is complimentary to current and future studies and assists Participants with envisioning what their future could look like.
“ATCO is very pleased to be a part of this exciting program with WAALI, and we look forward to seeing these young people grow as individuals and leaders in the future,” President of ATCO’s Gas Division, Stevan Green.
The 10-week program covers topics such as cultural identity, connecting with elders, self-awareness, self-development, financial literacy and leadership development goals and ends with an on-country experience.
One of the participants, Sean Wood, shared his story of how the impact of the stolen generation has influenced his life and knowledge of culture and family.
He saw the program as a way to address this gap in his life to reconnect with his culture and with family he has lost contact with.
WAALI Co-Chair and Co-Founder, Robyn Smith Walley, launched the program thanking WAALI CEO, Anjie Brook for her support in getting this program implemented.
“It is really exciting to have a program designed by Aboriginal young people for Aboriginal young people and then having that program facilitated by Aboriginal leaders too is just amazing,” Anjie said.
The students will graduate from the course at the end of November in a special celebration ceremony to be held at ATCO’s Jandakot Operations Centre.