NEXT week, the City of Mandurah celebrates Naidoc Week.
And action is the key word.
One initiative under the City of Mandurah’s Reconciliation Action Plan is Aboriginal traineeships offered as part of the City’s Aboriginal Employment Strategy.
Under the scheme, trainees are employed for 12 months to two years and supported to complete a Certificate 4 training course relevant to their traineeship.
One local man who completed his traineeship and has gone on to full time work at the City of Mandurah is Jordan De Stefano.
An all-rounder, Jordan is not only into his books he also represents WA at soccer and is the first Aboriginal captain of the WA Pararoos.
Now into his fourth year at the City of Mandurah Library, he is mainly responsible for running book clubs.
One of the projects he is working on is reducing the red tape involved in book clubs so they can do their own bookings.
Coordinator Teena Millar said he had excellent customer service skills and demonstrated real leadership potential.
Jordan, who lives at Port Bouvard was a Falcon Primary School and Halls Head Community College student.
He said the traineeship meant he learned all aspects of library services and is happy to give back to the community.
“I love working at the library, the staff are so supportive, it’s like a family, ‘’he said.
A Noongar man, he understands the importance of Naidoc Week.
“Its all about recognising where we came from and accountability for the past but also moving forward and coming together as one.”