Dudley Park mum wins City of Mandurah’s Nikki Wise Scholarship

Nikki Wise's parents Robyn and Terry French, grandmother Marian Willey and niece Tahnee French with Mayor Rhys Williams and scholarship winner Amy Jackaman and one of her sons.
Nikki Wise's parents Robyn and Terry French, grandmother Marian Willey and niece Tahnee French with Mayor Rhys Williams and scholarship winner Amy Jackaman and one of her sons.

DUDLEY Park mother of five Amy Jackaman has won the first Nikki Wise Scholarship.

She will receive $2000 towards studying the Cert IV in Community Services at Fremantle Education Centre.

In 2012 Nikki Wise founded the Reach Out Drop In Centre, a food service for street people in Mandurah.

By 2014, the centre was providing more than 200 meals a week and her dedication to helping the homeless extended to the planning of many fundraising events to support the service and increase awareness of homelessness in Mandurah.

In 2016, Nikki Wise died in a traffic accident.

The City of Mandurah granted a scholarship honouring her memory that also aims to carry on her work by helping with the training and development of existing and future community workers.

Ms Jackaman has a particular interest in mental health services and youth suicide prevention.

She is president of Pinjarra Junior Football Club and has already planned and delivered two mental health football matches.

“Our club went through two teen suicides with a month of each other around Christmas and it had a huge impact on the community,’’ she said.

“I’m putting together a group of like-minded people to coordinate the match annually and another event, perhaps a movie night over Christmas.

“With five boys, the scholarship to help me complete my studies will be really useful and help me with my goal of making a positive difference to the mental health of our young people.”

A new round of scholarships closes on August 14.

Call 9550 3881 or visit the grants website here.