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This National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June 2013), the Northern Indigenous Employment (NIE) working group, which WISE Employment is a founding member of, invites business, government, community and service stakeholders to share in a productive conversation about the benefits of employing Indigenous Australians. You're invited to join them at a luncheon on Thursday 30 May in Melbourne and hear from business leaders who have been recognised for developing successful Indigenous employment strategies. Learn how to increase Aboriginal participation and employment in your workplace.Read more: Invite to attend the Northern Indigenous Employment luncheon on 30 May 2013
Harmony Day is an annual initiative by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). It is a day of cultural respect, widely celebrated across schools, childcare centres, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies.Read more: Harmony Day 2013
Social Inclusion Week, 24 November to 2 December 2012, is an annual initiative, conceptualised by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, that encourages communities to reconnect and be inclusive of all cultures, age groups, nationalities and the disadvantaged. The theme for Social Inclusion Week 2012 is: Collaborate, Connect and Celebrate! Since 2001, WISE Employment has invested time and funds into projects to support the most disadvantaged in our community including people with disability, mental illness, youth, ex-offenders, refugees and Indigenous communities. Another project is the operation of four socially-inclusive social enterprises, employing close to 200 people.Read more: Social Inclusion Week 2012
Personal determination, patience and commitment characterise Behiye’s journey to self-sufficiency. When Behiye first began working with WISE Employment she was softly spoken, shy and had no feeling of self-worth. Her family had suffered a tragic loss with the death of her two nephews and Behiye had the added responsibility of looking after her sister-in-law and elderly parents.
Behiye’s dream was to become a teacher’s integration aide and she had been studying with OZ Child in Frankston. However, she had fallen behind due to the tragedy her family faced. She had lost her self esteem and felt that nothing was going her way.
When Behiye came to WISE, she found a protective, supportive and encouraging environment. Behiye initially didn’t believe there would be many employment options open to her because of her age, minimal experience and family commitments. However, with encouragement from her Case Manager, she began to explore development opportunities that would help her overcome some of these barriers to securing sustainable employment. Behiye completed several non-vocational training programs which helped develop her confidence, taught her how to manage anxiety and depression, and helped her understand why she had not been successful in gaining employment in the past.
During her time with WISE, Behiye has experienced personal growth and demonstrated considerable strength of character. She continues to work with WISE to help secure employment and always does so with a smile on her face.