Council Trainee Recognised at Awards Night

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Council Trainee Recognised at Awards Night

Posted on: 15.10.2018

Wollondilly Shire Council trainee Dokota Simonds was presented with the award for Indigenous Trainee of the Year at the 2018 NSW & ACT Group Training Awards on Friday evening in Sydney.

The TAFE sponsored awards recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector and are conducted by the Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT.
Dokota is employed through MyGateway and is nearing the end of her two year traineeship with Council’s Community Projects and Events team.

Chief Executive Officer Luke Johnson said, “Dokota is a great example of what trainees can achieve by incorporating engagement in the workplace with their TAFE studies.”

“Dokota is a valuable member of the team and has taken an active role with each project she has been involved in. The whole organisation is very proud of her achievements.”

Dokota commenced her two year traineeship in January 2017, studying a Certificate III in Events Management and Tourism. She works at Council full time, attending TAFE one day a month.
Team Leader Community Projects and Events, Rob Moran said “Dokota has worked on many significant events such as IlluminARTe, Australia Day celebrations, the Mayor’s Charity events, Winterfest and Local Government Schools’ Week.”

“She has also worked on the Wollondilly Creative Spirits project, 8 week Aboriginal Arts Project, NAIDOC Week and the Together Arts Exhibition.”

“Dokota is proud of her Aboriginality and personifies a professional and well respected Aboriginal Woman with a very bright future,” he said.

Dokota has taken a supportive role with the Youth Advisory Committee assisting the Youth Project Officer each month to plan and distribute the agenda, minutes and follow up actions resulting from the meeting. She has helped with planning workshops on “The 5 Ways to Wellbeing” aimed at young people and their carers.
Dokota has also assisted with Council’s Community Bus bookings, Seniors’, Disability and Aboriginal quarterly Information Forums, Men’s Health Week and White Ribbon Day.

Dokota recently liaised with Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet to facilitate an “Aboriginal One Stop Shop” where 23 Government and Community Based Organisations came together in Picton to enable direct access to staff and resources.

Mr Moran said, “Dokota has developed a working knowledge of Local Government and of Council’s roles and responsibilities. Her role enables her to work directly with residents and rate payers and she has learnt that all her undertakings need to be transparent, fair, equitable and accountable.”

This is not the first award for Dokota. In 2017, she received the Indigenous Student of the Year and Overall Trainee of the Year at the 21st Annual MG My Gateway Apprentice and Trainee Awards.