Cul­tural plat­form cre­ated

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

REP­RE­SENT­ING WA at the 2015 Aus­tralian EY En­tre­pre­neur of the Year Awards in Syd­ney in Oc­to­ber will al­low Cottes­loe res­i­dent Lockie Cooke to spread his rec­on­cil­i­a­tion mes­sage.

The 25-year-old founder of the ICEA Foun­da­tion won the WA So­cial En­tre­pre­neur cat­e­gory at the an­nual Ernst and Young Awards last month.

“This award cre­ates an awe­some plat­form for our mes­sage to get heard to a large base,” Mr Cooke said.

He said EY’s due dili­gence showed peo­ple that as well as be­ing com­pe­tent in rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and lead­er­ship, ICEA was a leader in fi­nance and gov­er­nance “so it shows our value for so­cial in­vest­ment”.

Per­son­ally, Mr Cooke said the award made him feel “good in my li­yarn (heart and soul)”.

“Know­ing that over the eight years I’ve been do­ing this work we are on the right track and what lies ahead of us can only get bet­ter be­cause we have such a com­plete struc­ture,” he said.

The ICEA Foun­da­tion is a youth-run not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that brings in­dige­nous and non-in­dige­nous peo­ple to­gether to pro­mote rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Mr Cooke spends part of his time in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties and the other in Perth spread­ing his mes­sage.

He said he had learned to live in two worlds.

“I gen­uinely feel that when I’m in Aus­tralia I have a place… over the years of con­nect­ing with Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple I’ve de­vel­oped an un­der­stand­ing and con­nec­tion to coun­try.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.iceafoun­da­tion.com.au.

Other award win­ners in­clude Matthew Allen, Sub­con Tech­nolo­gies Pty Ltd (Emerg­ing), Torsten Ke­telsen, GMA Gar­net Group (In­dus­try), Rus­sell Baskerville, Em­pired Lim­ited (Ser­vices), Pro­fes­sor Tim St Pierre and Peter Bot­ten.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d441589

ICEA Foun­da­tion has given Lockie Cooke a much deeper con­nec­tion to his place in Aus­tralia.

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