CAIRNS-based economic and community development company, My Pathway, was this week announced a Finalist at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards, for its work supporting Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners and leaders to rightfully take control of their communities and affairs.
The Queensland Reconciliation Awards - presented by the Office of Premier and Cabinet - recognise initiatives undertaken by businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and government departments going above and beyond their core business to foster reconciliation and pave the way for a better future for Queenslanders.
Far North Queensland organisations won multiple awards in various categories at the ceremony, held at the Brisbane Convention Centre, for innovative projects promoting reconciliation including the Premier’s Reconciliation Award winners Mossman State School and Kuku Yalanji Language Advisory Group.
“My Pathway congratulates all winners, including our Far Northern partners Highly Commended Torres Strait Heritage, and Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council for Yarrabah Band Festival.
Nominated for defining future communities through reconciliation, My Pathway achieved a Finalist Award in the Business Category, supported by BHP, alongside Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club and category winner Australian Black Card.
“My Pathway has revolutionised the way we work together with remote Indigenous communities, actively partnering with local Indigenous Organisations in delivering services - reinforcing the organisation’s dedication to Reconciliation across Australia,” said My Pathway Chief Executive Officer Paul Synnott.
The establishment of Joint Ventures with local Indigenous Organisations, facilitate community-led decision making by the respective local Indigenous communities in the delivery of key services within their communities.
These collaborations combine local Indigenous ownership, and voice, with My Pathway’s effective systems in partnerships with Gungarde Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation, Hope Vale Foundation Limited, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council, Mokwiri Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, Kuku Ya’u Aboriginal Corporation, Gur A Baradharaw Kod (GBK) Torres Strait Sea and Land Council, Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation, and the Centre for Appropriate Technology.
“We are proud to be nominated as a Finalist in the Business category, alongside our partners, during National Reconciliation Week – with other top achievers Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy, Australian Black Card, and Torres Strait Heritage,” My Pathway CEO Paul Synnott said.
A total of $25,000 in prize money will be shared across five categories of this Queensland Government award: Business, Community, Education, Partnership and the Premier’s Reconciliation Award.
My Pathway Director of Cultural Diversity for My Pathway, Kenny Bedford commended the Queensland Government for their leadership as a Reconciliation Action Plan partner in recognition of Reconciliation achievements through these state-wide awards.