A Message from the CEO

Well it has been another sensational year for the NWS team. We have continued to deliver our outstanding schools program, the Young Achievers Club, in six Perth primary schools. This program has literally changed lives, with Aboriginal students improving their school attendance, behaviour, cultural pride and grades! And our Cultural Celebrations at each school have also meant that more Aboriginal parents are engaging with the school and more often.

Our community-based programs such as Beatball, One Step Closer, Young Aboriginal Girls Program, Regional School Holiday program and more have also been wonderful with program content continuing to evolve and grow. We don’t just provide physical activity and healthy lifestyle programs. Increasingly, we also provide cultural and personal development activities. And of course, we always do this in partnership with others. For more information, please check out our Annual Report.

We have loved working with you to build health and wellbeing – in all its forms – in our community in 2016 and look forward to another great year in 2017.

Have a truly wonderful holiday season and we hope you have a Merry Christmas and terrific New Year filled with fun, love and happiness. See you at the Regional School Holiday Program in January 2017!

Thanking you

Karyn Lisignoli

Free January School Holiday Activities!

The 2017 January Regional School Holiday Program is back!

With valued sponsorship from Deloitte, NWS is working in conjunction with numerous regional partners, including Local Shires,South West Aboriginal Medical Service, PCYC and Avon Youth Services, amongst others. Our team of Sports Development Officers and Health Promotion Officers will visit 15 towns in the South West and Wheatbelt. 

The programs are free to any school-aged child or youth and aim to engage them in fun physical activity and also offer game-based learning about healthy eating and lifestyle habits. All programs include a free healthy lunch and we encourage parents and carers to stay and join in the fun! 

Please check out the information flyer, which summarises session dates and location; and share this with other groups, friends and family. More details about locations and times are below:

South West Region

Collie

Mon. 16th Jan.

10 am – 2 pm

Collie PCYC

Harvey

Tues 17th Jan

10 am – 2 pm

Harvey Rec. Centre

Bunbury

Wed. 18th Jan

10 am – 2 pm

Bunbury PCYC Oval

Busselton

Thurs. 19th Jan.

10 am – 2 pm

Busselton Youth Precinct

Kwinana Beatball

Fri. 20th Jan.

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Kwinana Recquatic Centre

Weekend

Narrogin

Mon. 23rd Jan

10 am – 2 pm

Narrogin Rec. Centre

Wagin

Tues. 24th Jan.

10 am – 2 pm

Wagin Rec. Centre

Kattanning

Wed. 25th Jan.

10 am – 2 pm

Kattanning Ram Pavilion – Kattanning Leisure Centre

Thurs. 26th Jan. – Public Holiday

Northam Beatball

Fri. 27th Jan.

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Northam Rec. Centre – outdoor courts

 

 

Wheatbelt Region – Note: All children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Beverley

Mon. 16th Jan.

12 noon – 3 pm

Beverley Swimming Pool

Kondinin

Tues 17th Jan

11 am – 2 pm

Kondinin Swimming Pool

Northam

Wed. 18th Jan

9 am – 12 noon

Northam Rec. Centre

Quairading

Thurs. 19th Jan.

12 noon – 3 pm

Quairading Pools

Pingelly

Fri. 20th Jan.

11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Pingelly Swimming Pool

Weekend

Merredin

Mon. 23rd Jan

10 am – 2 pm

Merredin Swimming Pool

Merredin

Tues. 24th Jan.

10 am – 2 pm

Merredin Swimming Pool

Kellerberrin

Wed. 25th Jan.

10 am – 2 pm

Kellerberrin Swimming Pool

Thurs. 26th Jan. – Public Holiday

Brookton

Fri. 27th Jan.

10 am – 2 pm

Brookton Oval & Pools

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Any questions, please contact us on 9272 3189 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Please note though that the office closes Friday, 23rd December and reopens Monday, 9th January 2017.

 

NWS Staff Celebrated

NWS are very proud of all our staff. They are passionate about increasing Nyoongar people’s health and wellbeing, resilience and connection to culture, through sport, other physical activity, mentoring and support.

Tilman Lowe, one of our Senior Sports Development Officers, was recently recognised with the 2016 Western Australian Emerging Leader Award from Parks and Leisure Australia (WA).

Congratulations Tilly!

P.S. Since first writing this article, Tilman has gone on to receive the 2016 Australian Emerging Leader Award in a ceremony in Adelaide!

This award recognises Tilly’s great skills, mentoring ability, passion for sharing his love of sport and commitment to helping people to realise their full potential. He applies these skills and attributes not only for the people and communities Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports (NWS) exists to support, but also with colleagues. 

 

NWS Ambassador: Prof. Colleen Hayward AM

We are proud to announce that Professor Colleen Hayward AM will be an ambassador for Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports (NWS). In this role, she will seek to raise awareness of the organisation and its achievements. There is great synergy as throughout her professional life, Colleen has worked towards the NWS vision of "Nyoongar people achieving success at every level of every field".

Professor Hayward is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south-west of WA. She comes from a teaching family with both her parents and two siblings having been teachers. Her father was the first Aboriginal teacher, and Principal, in WA. She is Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Research and concurrently holds the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous across the University.

For more than 30 years, Colleen has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels. She has an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, training, employment, housing, child protection and law & justice as well as significant experience in policy and management. In much of this work, she draws on her qualifications which include a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development and a Post Graduate Certificate in Cross Sector Partnerships from Cambridge University.

Among her many achievements, she has been recognised for her long-standing work for and on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia by being named a finalist in the national Deadlys Awards in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health (2008) and by winning the 2008 National NAIDOC Aboriginal Person of the Year Award. Colleen is also a recipient (2006) of the Premier of WA’s prestigious Multicultural Ambassador’s Award for advancing human rights and anti-racism in the community and is the 2009 inductee into the WA Department of Education’s Hall of Fame for Achievement in Aboriginal Education. In 2011, she completed her term as a foundation member of the inaugural Board of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. In 2012, Colleen was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame, was recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia and made a Western Australian Ambassador for Children and Young People.

In 2015, Colleen was a finalist in the Aboriginal Award category of the 2015 Western Australian of the Year Awards and the Australian of the Year (Western Australia) Awards. 2015 also saw Colleen awarded one of Murdoch University’s Distinguished Alumni for her work in the areas of Equity and Social Justice. She was named as one of WA’s 100 most influential West Australians in both 2015 and 2016.

Colleen is a co-author of a book entitled “Teaching Indigenous Students: Cultural awareness and classroom strategies for improving learning outcomes”, released by Allen & Unwin in 2015.