Jade boosts leadership credentials
WHEN he’s not pulling on a Central Comets jersey, Jade Williams is kicking goals as a local indigenous leader.
The 23-year-old is a child protection officer in Rockhampton and works every day with children who are abused and neglected.
Working for the Central Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Care Agency (CQAICCA), Jade’s role is to work with children.
He works to help create long-term stability in the way of guardianship or new care for needy children.
This week he returned to work at the Rockhampton office after completing an Indigenous Leadership certificate in Canberra, funded by a $15,000 National Australia Bank scholarship.
The leadership program was run over eight days in the ACT, developed for leaders working in the fields of business services, community services and sports training.
“It gets you ready to take on a leadership role within the community,” Jade said.
“Creating strong networks and learning how to put back into the community are two aspects of being an Aboriginal leader that really stood out for me,” he said.
Jade’s off-season training for the Comets started at the weekend.
He said he would be training right up until December 19 when he would return to his home town of Condobolin in New South Wales.
Darryn Monaghan, Indigenous Employment manager for NAB, said providing scholarships to support emerging indigenous leaders was one of the bank’s commitments.
It gets you ready to take a leadership role