Warrumbungle Shire Council employee, Donny Dundas, has taken out his third industry award for 2017 after being named Indigenous Apprentice of the Year at the prestigious Apprentice Employment Network Awards, held in Sydney on Friday, 13 October.
The achievement marks Donny’s second award at state level, after he claimed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the NSW State Training Awards last month.
In his acceptance speech, Donny said he was honoured to receive the award and to be taking a leadership role in his community.
“Never be afraid to have a go or try something new,” Donny said.
“And if you make mistakes, don’t worry - that’s how you learn.”
He also thanked Warrumbungle Shire Council and Skillset Workforce for the opportunities and support which they had provided.
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, congratulated Donny on his success.
“Donny has done the electorate proud in winning this prestigious award and setting himself up for a rewarding working life by undertaking a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course,” Mr Humphries said.
“He prides himself in providing quality work and being a leader in his community. He has worked with local youth in boxing and sees himself as a role model for both Indigenous and non- Indigenous youth.
“He’s also a natural leader and proud family man.”
Donny is now a finalist in both the Australian Training Awards’ Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year and the National Apprentice Employer Network’s Indigenous Apprentice of the Year.
Award sponsors, Luke Mills, from VERTO, and Sharon Smith, from HVTC, presented Donny Dundas with his Indigenous Apprentice of the Year award at the Apprentice Employment Network Awards last Friday. Photo courtesy - Quentin Jones.