Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Dec 12 2016
0013-wun_wunan_pathways_images_v1cMany local Indigenous people who attended Wunan’s Indigenous First Home Buyers’ Expo recently arrived feeling uncertain about how they might take the step into home ownership, but left feeling confident that it was possible for them. Inspirational presentations from two Indigenous home buyers and senior Wunan staff, along with a range of information stalls, helped open people’s eyes to the range of programs and services that are available to help. Natasha Short, Wunan’s General Manager Programs & Indigenous Leadership, said this is why the Expo was held. “We really wanted to show people that it is possible and that there is support here for them as they embark on the journey,” Natasha said. “Many Indigenous people think buying a home is beyond their reach. Often they haven’t experienced home ownership in their own families, so they’ve never considered that it could be an option for them,” Natasha said. “I tell […]   Read More.
Dec 12 2016
0013-wun_wunan_pathways_images_v1bDuring an inspiring ceremony attended by his proud family and Wunan staff recently, Justin Mosquito from Halls Creek became the first student from Wunan’s Kimberley Education Excellence Program (KEEP) to graduate Year 12. Not only did Justin reach the milestone of completing Year 12, he stole the show – also winning the Outstanding Trade Student (Automotive) and the Hibberd Award for the student who has shown the greatest resilience and spirit in the face of significant challenge. According to Wunan CEO Christian Zahra, when Justin entered KEEP in 2011 in Year 7, like many Indigenous students in the East Kimberley, he had extremely low levels of literacy and numeracy. “Justin’s reading was assessed at Year 1 level and he was unable to tell the time or comprehend basic mathematics,” Mr Zahra said. “Given how far behind he was when he began in the program, Justin’s successful completion of Year 12 […]   Read More.
Dec 12 2016
ceo-farewel-webIt’s been a real privilege to have led Wunan as CEO for the last two years and I feel both a sense of sadness in leaving an organisation that I have loved being part of, along with a sense of pride in the many things we have achieved together over this time. The organisation has grown significantly and now employs 100 staff. I am proud to say that while this growth has occurred, the percentage of Indigenous staff has also increased from around 50 per cent to just under 70 per cent. We have also put a lot of effort into developing a strong set of Wunan Values and continuing to build a positive culture within our organisation, which provides a strong platform for making real change in our community. Wunan is fortunate to have an outstanding group of dedicated staff who are committed to improving the lives of Indigenous […]   Read More.
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Nov 11 2016
377a4883This week Coles Kununurra Store Manager Graham Bannister won the Wesfarmers Reconciliation Action Plan Champion Award for his work in supporting Aboriginal engagement and employment as part of Wunan’s Indigenous Employment Broker partnership with Wesfarmers. This is an important recognition of all of the hard work done by Coles Kununurra, Wesfarmers and Wunan Foundation since the partnership came together last year. It is also a great acknowledgement of the work of Wunan’s Indigenous Employment Coordinator, Zoe Dudley, in helping to drive the success of the program – the outcomes have been outstanding.   Read More.
Topic: Employment
Sep 30 2016
Ian Trust_500x213-v2It was Wunan’s pleasure recently to host visits to the East Kimberley by former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, with whom we’ve worked closely in implementing the Cashless Debit Card trial in Kununurra and Wyndham.    Read More.
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Sep 29 2016
Nathan Leitch & family_500x213Nathan works as a Research and Evaluation Consultant with Wunan-owned research and evaluation company, Social Compass. He brings community understanding and advocacy to various projects undertaken by the firm.   Read More.
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