Wollondilly Shire Council Trainee shines at Awards Night
Posted on: 20.11.2017
On Friday evening Wollondilly Shire Council’s Events Trainee, Dokota Simonds was awarded the Indigenous Student of the Year and Overall Trainee of the Year at the 21st Annual MG My Gateway Apprentice and Trainee Awards.
Mayor Judith Hannan, Executive Director Community Services and Corporate Support, Ally Dench and Dokota’s proud colleagues and family were in attendance to see her receive the awards.
General Manager Luke Johnson said, “We are all very proud of Dokota’s achievements and look forward to watching her career develop into the future.”
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.
Dokota was selected from a field of 250 candidates to take out the awards. She said she was “surprised and happy” to be announced the winner for both categories.
“I’d like to thank Wollondilly Council for the opportunities that have been provided to me. Thanks especially to my Team Leader, Rob Moran and everyone who has encouraged me,” she said.
Team Leader Community Projects and Events, Rob Moran said that, “While at Council, Dokota has worked on several significant events such as IlluminARTe, Australia Day celebrations, the Mayor’s Charity Hoedown, Winterfest and Local Government Schools’ Week. She has also worked on the Wollondilly Creative Spirits project, which is an 8 week Aboriginal Arts Project, NAIDOC Week and the Together Arts Exhibition.”
Mr Moran noted that Dokota has taken an active role with each event she has been involved in, contributing to the planning, delivery and evaluation.
Dokota is also responsible for working with Wollondilly’s Aboriginal Community and maintaining linkages with Elders Groups and Indigenous Organisations.
Mr Moran said, “Dokota exceeds expectations by delivering high quality work with minimal supervision. She has shown innovation through her contributions to discussions, review of event tasks, strategizing to achieve desired outcomes and above all delivery of services internally and externally. “
“Dokota is proud of her Aboriginality and personifies a professional and well respected Aboriginal Woman with a very bright future,” he said.