Young achiever eyes rec­on­cil­i­a­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

EAST Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Dy­lan Col­lard be­lieves rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is ev­ery­one’s busi­ness.

Speak­ing dur­ing Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week, the Wa­juk and Bal­lar­dong Nyun­gar man and found­ing mem­ber of the Vic­to­ria Park Abo­rig­i­nal En­gage­ment Strat­egy Group has called on all Aus­tralians to do their bit.

“It’s a com­mon cause but I still think we have a long way to go,” he said.

“The Town of Vic­to­ria Park is try­ing their best but it’s not just up to a few peo­ple, ev­ery­one has a role.”

Mr Col­lard re­ceived the Com­mu­nity Ser­vice and Vol­un­teer­ing Award in the 2017 Western Aus­tralian Young Achiever Awards.

“It was pretty cool to win the award, I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to win,” he said.

“To be hon­est, I do ev­ery­thing with my girl­friend (Kelsi For­rest) and we are a team.

“It’s as much my award as it is hers too.”

Mr Col­lard said he en­joyed vol­un­teer­ing with the Vic­to­ria Park Abo­rig­i­nal En­gage­ment Strat­egy Group.

“I got in­volved in the group af­ter talk­ing with cul­tural en­gage­ment of­fice An­nette Pitts with my girl­friend Kelsi and we talked about how more could be done in that space and we would love to get in­volved in some of the events.

“At the mo­ment we are in­volved in the Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Ac­tion Plan and in the past I’ve been in­volved in the a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion d469559 photo project, which in­cluded tak­ing photos of Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and plant­ing photos around the Town.”

Mr Col­lard had pre­vi­ously grad­u­ated from his law stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of WA but his ca­reer has taken a dif­fer­ent turn.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Dy­lan Col­lard says rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is ev­ery­one’s busi­ness.

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