Young leaders from Hawkesbury and The Hills were left inspired after having a rare opportunity to meet one of Australia’s highly respected and influential businessman and Indigenous advocate, Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO, as part of the first 2016 Hawkesbury-Hills Student Leadership Programme mentoring dinner on Thursday night.
Mr Mundine met with the students at The Australian Brewery in Rouse Hill where he shared valuable lessons and stories that he learned throughout his life and career.
Member for Hawkesbury Dominic Perrottet, who coordinates the Programme, said it was fantastic to have role models like Mr Mundine taking the time to mentor student leaders at such close quarters.
“Successful leaders in our community can do so much to inspire our young people, and I know that meeting Warren and hearing his story is something that will make a lasting impressing on the students who were there on Thursday,” Mr Perrottet said.
Year 12 student and Programme participant Rikki Anderson from Richmond High School said Mr Mundine gave an inspirational talk which reflected his own life and how we can build leadership.
“A long advocate for the indigenous community, he was especially passionate about his role in initiatives that affected Aboriginal wellbeing.
“This represented his values on giving to others and working towards goals,” said Miss Anderson.
Gilroy Catholic College student Sienna Archer said the night was a fantastic opportunity to be able to hear from and ask Warren Mundine questions.
“He had an incredibly insightful message into what it means to be a leader.
“It’s amazing how someone who is so busy and has achieved so much can be so humble and I’m grateful he took the time to come speak to us,” said Miss Archer.
Member for Hawkesbury Dominic Perrottet committed to running the Hawkesbury-Hills Student Leadership Programme following the success of last year’s Programme.
The Programme provides opportunities for high-school students to develop strong leadership skills through a series of mentoring events with Australian leaders, culminating in a week-long service project as an alternative to ‘Schoolies Week’.
This year, students in the Programme will travel to Uluru-Ayers Rock to do service work and learn alongside students and staff at Nyangatjatjara College.
The next mentoring event in the Programme will feature Suncorp CEO and former managing director of Microsoft, Pip Marlow.