The Governor hosted a morning tea for the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI) to celebrate and acknowledge the participants and graduates of the Emerging Aboriginal Leaders Program.
After welcoming Mr Pat Creaghan – Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, ATCO, Mr Stevan Green – President, ATCO Gas Division, Ms Anjie Brook – Chief Executive Officer, Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute and graduates from the emerging leaders program, the Governor acknowledged WAALI’s hard work throughout a challenging 2020 and the success of the program.
“I was pleased to hear that there were 10 successful graduates of the Emerging Aboriginal Leaders Program. Congratulations to all participants and graduates alike. Your participation in the program is demonstrative of your commitment to self-development, the strengthening of your cultural identity and the enhancement of your connection to both culture and community.
Congratulations graduates, Elders, WAALI leaders, staff, supporters most particularly ATCO and all involved on this outstanding achievement to date. As your proud Patron, I will continue to watch and support WAALI’s unfolding story of success.”
Ms Mandy Downing, Senior Research Services Officer, Curtin University spoke on behalf of WAALI, thanking ATCO for their support and the Governor for his work as patron and hosting the event.
WAALI aims to provide specialist leadership development programs to introduce Aboriginal community leaders to the concepts of leadership, particularly in the Western Australian Aboriginal context; help prepare participants for further mainstream leadership development; facilitate the creation of a state-wide network of influential and empowered Aboriginal leaders working collectively with non-Aboriginal leaders on meaningful and social impact initiatives.
WAALI currently offers five key leadership programs
- Yorga Djenna Bidi Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Program
- Kwopertok Yorga Alumni (Graduates of Yorga Djenna Bidi)
- Maam On-Country Cultural Regeneration Leadership Program (men’s program)
- Elders Knowledge Exchange
- Emerging Aboriginal Leaders Program and Alumni
The Governor is proud to be patron of the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute.