Nambucca is about to be represented on the world stage as local youth, Dominic Craig participates in World Youth Day being held from 25-31 July in Poland.
Nominated by the Lismore Diocese for his work in the local community, Dominic was thrilled to be chosen for this once in a lifetime opportunity
“This will be such an amazing opportunity for me and I am excited to represent not only my Diocese, but Aboriginal people and particularly youth,” Dominic said.
Dominic is passionate about his Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and Practices and has demonstrated this through his community work.
“I completed an Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program in my last year of High School to then use these Leadership skills in the community. I am currently studying a Certificate III in Gumbaynggirr Language and Culture which I complete after work hours. I have worked Part-time on the Unkya Local Aboriginal Land Council’s Eco Tours which included talks to Primary and High School Children and staff in the Nambucca Valley,” Dominic said.
“I have also been a casual Gumbaynggirr Language teacher at St Patricks School in Macksville and Macksville Primary School, I assist Aboriginal staff at St Mary’s and act as Aboriginal Mentor to deliver programs for visiting Aboriginal Students.”
Dominic started his part-time job with Enterprise & Training Company (ETC) as part of the New Careers for Aboriginal People (NCAP) program in May this year.
“As part of this I am completing a Certificate III Business Administration traineeship where I gain a qualification at the end,” Dominic said.
“I get to work as an assistant to Aunty Jen and we go out to communicate and network in the community, to help Aboriginal people with employment and training as part of the NCAP Program. It is a great program which has understanding and compassion for Aboriginal people.”
Dominic encouraged young people out there to find something that they are passionate about and to not be afraid to ask for help.
ETC Aboriginal Employer Advisor Jennie Rosser (Aunty Jen) said she saw real potential in Dominic when he first came to ETC.
“We are thrilled to have Dominic as part of our team. He is a great Aboriginal role model to other young Aboriginal people,” Jennie said.
“Dominic is showing real initiative, commitment and is thriving in his new role with ETC’s NCAP program. He also rolls up his sleeves during NAIDOC Week Celebrations in Nambucca Valley and volunteers hours of his time cooking lunches for the Aboriginal Community and Elders in attendance at those events.”
The New Careers for Aboriginal People (NCAP) program funded by the Department of Industry, State Training Service, Aboriginal Service, aims to assist Aboriginal people into employment and/or training. To find out more contact Jennie Rosser on 0419 895 170.