Volunteer Bernard Chia to be rewarded by Ausum for contribution to Midland branch


Bernard Chia has volunteered with Ausum for almost three years.          d453264
Bernard Chia has volunteered with Ausum for almost three years.        d453264

BERNARD Chia is approaching his third year of volunteering at Midland-based Ausum.

The not-for-profit organisation will recognise his personal milestone during this year’s National Volunteer Week, from May 9 to 15.

The 35-year-old business owner works with young Aboriginal teenagers involved in Ausum Entrepreneurs. Through the program, young people learn how to create their own small business.

Mr Chia is the founder of web design and digital marketing agency Alyka. He said it was important to give back to the community and volunteering his skills to assist Aboriginal youth was “incredibly rewarding”.

He was a winner of the 2014 40 under 40 awards and a BRW Fast 100 winner, also in 2014.

“I’m passionate about entrepreneurship and helping to equip young people, who have had disadvantage in their lives to think innovatively about the possibilities of starting their own business and being their own boss,” he said.

Ausum chief executive officer Liz Prescott said the organisation valued dedicated volunteers like Bernard.

“We have a small but incredibly talented group of highly committed volunteers who are a huge support to our team at Ausum, and particularly the young people who we work with,” she said. “National Volunteer Week is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the generosity of our volunteers.”

To find out more, call 9274 9900.