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Angelina is an Anangu woman who lives and works in the remote desert communities of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in the far northwest of SA.
“Finding good jobs out here is hard. You need to have good training and education,” Angelina says.
“I work as a Coordinator with the community patrols program, helping to keep our children, young people and communities safe.”
When RASAC offered Angelina work with the community patrols, which included certificate training with TAFE, she knew it was a great opportunity for personal growth and career progression, and could help her make a positive contribution to the community.
Angelina has now completed the Certificate II and Certificate III in Community Services.
“Completing my training has helped me to further my career and become more confident, particularly when I talk with senior Anangu leaders and other service providers.”
Angelina now has responsibility to coordinate the work and training for her Anangu Patrol teams.
She delivers in-house training for Anangu workers and assists with TAFE training by interpreting the training into Pitjantjatjara language and helping community workers to understand and take part in the training.
“I live and work in two worlds. Anangu way, and piranpa (white-fella way). I’m proud that I am developing my skills to find the balance to do both.”
“It’s a real achievement to complete training on the APY lands. I want to show my people, my children and other young people that education is important, and we can do it.”