Mandurah police cadet keen to motivate others after winning award

Kahli King Elliott receives her award from Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation president Sue Gordon.
Kahli King Elliott receives her award from Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation president Sue Gordon.

A MANDURAH student who is keen to motivate younger Aboriginal people, particularly those living in rural communities, has won a top honour in this year’s WA Training Awards.

Kahli King Elliott was named the WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, an award sponsored by the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation.

Department of Training and Workforce Development director-general Ruth Shean said Ms King Elliott had demonstrated her commitment to making a difference and would be a great ambassador and role model to inspire other West Australians to consider a training pathway.

“Judges agreed Kahli is a fantastic leader,” she said.

“They were impressed with the level of pride she shows towards the training she has already carried out.”

Ms King Elliott initially wanted a career in the defence forces but felt unsure which pathway to follow after completing school, so she applied for a position as a police cadet and is undertaking a two-year traineeship.

As part of her training, she completed a Certificate III in Business Studies.

She believes the skills she is gaining through her traineeship will open up further career possibilities either with WA Police or opportunities in a business management role.