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_v1eMontana Ah-won won Indigenous Apprentice of the Year at the 2016 National NAIDOC Awards and was recently recruited to Wunan House B&B as a Guest Services Assistant. She is a Mirrwoong Gajerroong girl from Kununurra – the proud youngest daughter of Geraldine Ah-won and granddaughter of Ronnie Carlton and Ivy Roberts. Her grandfather is a well-known Mirriwoong Gajerroong elder and is a role model for Montana. When she was just two years old, Montana’s mother passed away from an alcohol-related disease. She was adopted by one of her mother’s good friends, Frank Trillini, an Italian man originally from the small town of Assisi. “I spent the first sixteen years of my life growing up in a small two-bedroom house with just me and my dad. It was the best childhood anyone could ask for – I had it all,” Montana says. But, sadly, in June 2014 Montana’s adoptive father also […]   Read More.
Dec 12 2016
0013-wun_wunan_pathways_images_v1fWunan House B&B shone at an exclusive Sundowner event recently as it threw open its doors to showcase its unique accommodation offering to local business, community and government representatives. The East Kimberley’s only Indigenous owned and operated accommodation, Wunan House B&B has undergone a transformation over the past two years, with the addition of new Indigenous artworks, a stunning door mural, and locally produced Indigenous textiles. Live music by well-known Indigenous singer songwriter, Peter Brandy, set the scene on a balmy East Kimberley evening as guests toured the rooms and found out more about Wunan House B&B. According to Wunan Foundation CEO Christian Zahra, the aim of the event was to let local business and community leaders know just what Wunan House B&B has to offer. “People were clearly surprised at the very high quality of the accommodation and also thrilled to see so much locally produced Indigenous art and […]   Read More.
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.
Topic: Wunan
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