Reconciliation rewarded

Reconciliation rewarded

The 25-year-old founder of the ICEA Foundation won the WA Social Entrepreneur category at the annual Ernst and Young Awards last month.

�This award creates an awesome platform for our message to get heard to a large base,� Mr Cooke said.

He said EY�s due diligence showed people that as well as being competent in reconciliation and leadership, ICEA was a leader in finance and governance �so it shows our value for social investment�.

Personally, Mr Cooke said the award made him feel �good in my liyarn (heart and soul)�.

�Knowing that over the eight years I�ve been doing this work we are on the right track and what lies ahead of us can only get better because we have such a complete structure,� he said.

The ICEA Foundation is a youth-run not-for-profit organisation that brings indigenous and non-indigenous people together to promote reconciliation.

Mr Cooke spends part of his time in remote communities and the other in Perth spreading his message.

He said he had learned to live in two worlds.

�I genuinely feel that when I�m in Australia I have a place�over the years of connecting with Aboriginal people I�ve developed an understanding and connection to country.�

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n Other award winners include Matthew Allen, Subcon Technologies Pty Ltd (Emerging), Torsten Ketelsen, GMA Garnet Group (Industry), Russell Baskerville, Empired Limited (Services), Professor Tim St Pierre, Resonance Health Limited (Technology), Peter Botten, Oil Search (Listed award) and Dale Alcock, ABN Group (Champion of Entrepreneurship).