“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to develop tailored programs which value the individual stories and interests of the participants."
Coming from the busy city of Melbourne to faraway Broome in mid-2013, it was the mighty impact of nature that struck Mary the most - the light, the pindan, the rocks, the sky, and the sea. Prior to joining KGT as a Literacy and Numeracy Trainer, Mary worked in the TAFE system in Victoria, teaching screen printing in a textiles program.
Mary possesses a number of qualifications which she utilises in her role. She is a trained teacher, holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is completing a post graduate diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with the support of KGT. Mary's role is a challenging yet rewarding one, and gives her the opportunity to develop literacy and numeracy programs incorporating the individual goals of participants. Some of the challenges in her position are related to issues of access and equity, which are inherent in adult education. Others are more specific to the Kimberley region, the dislocation of people in the area, and the impact of complicated lives that many of the participants juggle.
Mary is delighted to work in an organisation with such a strong commitment to positive outcomes for young people - particularly indigenous youth - and looks forward to the opportunity to take training out of the classroom and into the community.
Spencer Lim Joon
“I enjoy meeting and networking with all people from different walks of life and cultures. Being a part of a new team here in Broome, it's very exciting!!."
Spencer originates from Victoria. Spencer lived there for the first twenty years of his illustrious life. Spencer had been coming to Broome and visiting for many years and now he's been living in Broome for the last six years. He really enjoys the diverse lifestyles that Broome and the Kimberley's has to experience. Spencer was employed by Serco as a Custodial Court Security Officer, transporting and escorting prisoners from all over the Kimberley and assisting in Court sercurity. Spencer will see himself growing at the same rate as Broome's Field Officer, in being a successful reputable organisation giving back to the community and creating exciting new opportunities for local people and businesses.
“Working for an organisation that actually cares about helping others is so wonderful. I absolutely love going out of my way to help others and this position with KGT is perfect. It's a pleasure to be involved in the process of engaging people in work"
Natalie is originally from Perth, but moved to Broome five years ago with her family to start a new and exciting life. Before starting the position at KGT in Broome, Natalie worked at Telstra as a Customer Advisor. Customer service was an absolute delight, but she wanted to be more involved in helping others. Since coming on board with KGT it has been challenging yet fulfilling so far. Natalie feels so passionate with what KGT has to offer for not only the staff but the clients also and is really delighted to work for a company that cares so much about others, and assisting in improving their lives.
John (Jack) Chalmers
“I am hoping to assist people of the Kimberley achieve better education and employment outcomes.”
John (Jack) previously worked in many senior roles in from sales person to marketing and more recently in training and teaching English in Vietnam. Jack has several qualification including Graduate Diploma in International Business, Certificate IV in TESOL and Certificate IV in Training and Assessments. Jack, his wife and their family have been visiting the Kimberley's since 1999 and were keen to extend their knowldge of this vast region, leaving their home in Melbourne ans moving to Broome in early 2015. Jack believes that by running the SEE program it will improve the participant's lives, their families and the well-being of their community.
“I'm looking forward to workinh with KGT to create strong working relationships within Broome and surrounding communities to benefit the local people and create sustainable employment.”
After Renae spent 4 years living in the Torres Strait Islanders she made the move to Broome in 2013. Renae worked in many different fields before transitioning into KGT, Government employment to Hospitality and equine industry and JSA services. I toughly enjoyed being able to help and support people into employment while working for JSA and this is what made me peruse a position with KGT. I'm looking forward to supporting and mentoring people through traineeships and apprenticeship's in the Kimberley's along with being able to work with different cultural groups to expand my knowledge of the Kimberley culture.