CAIRNS-based My Pathway has been named as a national Innovation and Collaboration in Indigenous Employment Finalist in the 2019 NESA Awards for Excellence.
The NESA Innovation and Collaboration in Indigenous Employment Award recognises organisations, individuals or teams who demonstrate innovation and collaboration in assisting Indigenous Australians to achieve employment, particularly in remote Australia.
“Your outstanding work in helping to bring remote employment projects under local community control is an inspiration to others,” NESA told My Pathway, a social and economic development enterprise operating in Queensland, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
The NESA Awards for Excellence are offered each year by the National Employment Services Association (NESA) for outstanding performance and achievement within the employment services sector. This year there have been six Award categories, with a record number of nominations.
“My Pathway is honoured to again be recognised in the National Employment Services Association Awards – this year for our work with local partners in remote communities of Cape York and Torres Strait,” said Dr. Chris McLaughlin, Chief Operating Officer for Workforce Development, who also will present at the NESA National Conference 2019 on the topic of Innovation and Collaboration in Indigenous Employment.
Working across Cape York and islands of Torres Strait, My Pathway’s joint-venture partner organisations in development and training includes Hope Vale Foundation, Gungarde Community Centre, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council, and Gur A Baradharaw Kod (GBK), NPA Family and Community Services, Mokwiri Aboriginal Corporation - under the Australian government’s Community Development Program (CDP).
“In 2018, My Pathway Launceston jobactive consultant Josephine Willcox, won the national Achiever of the Year Award in recognition of personal and professional dedication to employment services”.
“So much great work goes on across the depth and breadth of Australia, out of the spotlight of the national media,” said NESA CEO Sally Sinclair.
“This prestigious honour is a testament to commitment to assisting Indigenous Australians in achieving and maintaining employment”.
The NESA National Conference 2019 and NESA Awards for Excellence will be held at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on Tuesday 13 August 2019.
Photo: Joint Venture community artist development (Cook region), Thomas Cobus, CIAF 2019.