Telling Ny­oon­gar suc­cess sto­ries

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

NY­OON­GAR Well­be­ing and Sport pro­grams man­ager Mark Grif­fin says he hopes to de­liver the suc­cess sto­ries of Ny­oon­gar peo­ple at his first ap­pear­ance at the In­dige­nous Busi­ness, En­ter­prise and Cor­po­ra­tions Con­fer­ence (IBECC) this week.

Mr Grif­fin has been work­ing in the Noon­gar com­mu­nity for the past 17 years.

The 37-year-old, who is among more than 100 speak­ers at the UWA event, said his pre­sen­ta­tion would be based on Ny­oon­gar Well­be­ing and Sport’s school­based Youth Achievers Club (YAC) pro­gram.

“We utilise our staff, who are in­spi­ra­tional Abo­rig­i­nal role mod­els, we use tra­di­tional in­dige­nous games and sports and we also do lead­er­ship and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

“Some of the out­comes are ed­u­ca­tion-spe­cific, such as im­prov­ing at­ten­dance, en­gage­ment and aca­demic per­for­mance, and others are around health and well­be­ing, cul­tural pride, phys­i­cal health and fit­ness and emo­tional re­la­tion is a big one.”

Mr Grif­fin said the pro­gram was launched in July and ran in six schools.

“We work re­ally hard in our jobs and we are see­ing the young peo­ple in our pro­gram de­velop phys­i­cally, men­tally, emo­tion­ally and they are go­ing to be the lead­ers to­mor­row,” he said.

“We have got kids in our pro­gram who be­fore we started were in the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice ev­ery other day, they were strug­gling to so­cialise.

“As an Abo­rig­i­nal per­son, I have felt a bit of a pos­i­tive change in the com­mu­nity around Abo­rig­i­nal is­sues re­cently.”

He said IBECC was an op­por­tu­nity for or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses to dis­cuss Abo­rig­i­nal is­sues.

“I’d love for all the or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses to con­tinue on this jour­ney, we are mak­ing progress and this is the way for­ward,” he said.

Other speak­ers in­clude Noon­gar en­tre­pre­neur Gor­don Cole, of Perth, and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion WA cochair Alan Carter, of Craw­ley.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d462586

Ny­oon­gar Well­be­ing and Sport pro­gram man­ager Mark Grif­fin with a Meetcha Boma (tra­di­tional Ny­oon­gar game) stick and ball.

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