Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards
Word from our Winners:
After having a few days to enjoy by NT Young Achiever Award with my family, staff and students of Tijikala School and Community members, its time for me to put some thoughts down.
Firstly, I would like to say thank you to Glencore McArthur River mining not only for sponsoring me this year, but also last year in 2013, when I was a Semi Finalist in the Regional and Rural Initiative Award.
To havve won, The Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initative Award this year, has been special for myself, my family, the community and most importantly for the children I teach at Tijikala School.
I was encourages by my co-workers - Jani Wells, Carol Meruntju, Julie Meruntju, Stephanie Campbell and the Principal Joanne Wickham. These people gave me the encouragement to start working at the school, when I was only sixteen and I was very nervous. Being so young, to do such an important job to help educate the communities children.
Participating in the NT Young Achiever Award will assist me to keep working in education. Part of my role at the school this year has been to work with young Dad's, disscussing how their children are going at school. The Dad's come to the school now and join in the classes and have hands on time in assiststing their children. I am proud that the Dad's come to the school and take and intrest in the childrens education.
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish the other nominees good luck in thier futures and to also share with you that maybe in the near future I would like to start studying to become an Early Childhood Teacher and continye to work at the Titjikala School. Thank you once again for the opportunity to make a difference in my community and with you sponsorship and support, it makes it easier for me to keep assisting the familiys and students of Tijikala.
Roger Wilyuka, Winner 2014 - Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award
I am proud and honoured to be awarded the Winner of The Charles Darwin University Arts Award 2014 and humbled by the achievements of my fellow nominee's and finalists.
Special thanks to Ervin Vidor, The Toga Group and Professor Steve Larkin for your continued support and faith in me. Knowing I have the fundamental support of my immediate and extended families, all of who I know to be very proud of my achievements has been pivotal in my career.
I encourage all Young Territorians to always strive to achieve their goals and never look back or give up.
Winner- Charles Darwin Univeristy Arts Award 2014
The Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards process was an amazing experience. It was an honor to be nominated by members of the Imanpa Community. At the awards evening I was overwhelmed by the stories from all the finalists and category winners. So many young Territorians are achieving great things.
Since the awards event I have returned to Northern New South Wales to reconnect with family and friends. I moved to the Northern Territory as a new University graduate at the beginning of 2010. I was 22 years old and totally unprepared for the cultural shock and demands, both professional and personal, of teaching in a remote community. I realised very early on that community partnerships and positive relationships are pivotal to success in a remote community. To achieve this I was actively involved in community activities and wherever possible extended the opportunities and facilities available to community members, including, afternoon activities such as joining the softball team, going on bush trips and organising twilight basketball competitions.
During my first year teaching at Nyangatjatjara College the 2nd year mentor teacher I was working with was relocated to another College campus approximately 250kms away and was not replaced. This was a really tough period however, I had made a commitment to the students and the community that I would be at the College for at least a year and knew that I owed them this as I had seen the effects of high staff turnover on the trust and self esteem of students. I knew that I had to provide a meaningful educational program, which was sensitive to the needs of the community. School attendance in the beginning was very low and this gradually increased by the end of my third year teaching at the College. I believed that I could make a difference and some of the achievements of students were truly inspiring.
I am currently enjoying a small change of pace and teaching at Tregeagle Public School. Recently I was awarded the 2013 Southern Cross University Young Alumnus of the Year prize for my achievements in the Northern Territory. My future ambitions are to return to the Northern Territory and to complete my Masters, focusing on Indigenous and Special Education.
Overall Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year 2013 and McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initative Award Winner.