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_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.
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 28 2016
Jesse with bedrunner and cushion ORANGE_500x213Indigenous jobseekers from East Kimberley Job Pathways were recently commissioned by Wunan Foundation’s bed & breakfast facility, Wunan House B&B, to make some beautiful hand-printed bed linen.   Read More.
Topic: Employment
Dec 14 2015
Working_with_Wesfarmers_ImageWunan has entered into an exciting new partnership with Wesfarmers to become an Indigenous Employment Broker for the company in the Kununurra region.   Read More.
Topic: Employment
Dec 8 2014
Wunan_Indigenous_Advancement_StrategyThe Commonwealth Government has consolidated all Indigenous programs into 5 areas of strategic priority, and recently opened a funding round for applications for programs commencing in 2015. Wunan submitted 7 requests; for programs aligned to both Government objectives and our own strategy for reform. Some were to continue current programs that are delivering results while threatened with closure due to short term funding cycles. Other new initiatives were proposed that will support long term change and improved outcomes for Aboriginal people. An evaluation mechanism was proposed for each funding application, recognising that measurable impact is essential; not only in the context of value for money, but also to ensure programs are actually delivering the outcomes intended. Wunan does not subscribe to the continued layering on of passive service delivery, and thus expects to be accountable for creating sustainable outcomes. Funding applied for under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy was as follows: […]   Read More.
Oct 10 2014
Building a bridge to employmentWunan Partnership Broker program and Broome Workforce Development Centre recently facilitated Youth & Business Workshops in Kununurra & Broome. This was an opportunity for both young people and business people to discuss, share ideas  and develop an understanding of the challenges both parties experience in the workplace. Topics included building resilience, self-confidence and communication skills. Young people learnt the personal skills required for gaining successful employment and business people walked away with a clearer picture of what they can do differently when engaging with young people. All attendees actively engaged in the discussions and the activities and many strong connections were forged between the young participants and business people. Wunan Workforce Development Centres will continue to facilitate similar workshops in schools and incorporate work experience and industry visits to keep strengthening the bridge to employment for Kimberley Kids.     Read More.