It is with great pleasure that I announce scholarships for two coaches of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ origin this week, NAIDOC Week.

Over the last two months, we worked with the Australian Institute of Professional Coaches (AIPC) and Fire Up Coaching to bring these amazing opportunities to life. I would like to congratulate the recipients of the full scholarships Rosemary Ward and Rachel Stringfellow and wish them all the best as they take their first steps in this great profession.

These scholarships are part of my team and my strategic focus on including First Nations peoples in the industry and supporting the community through coaching.

In 2021, we secured a special agreement with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) to provide CORE Cultural Learning to our members, learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture to better support First Nations communities as coaches and to know this part of Australian history in general.

In early 2022, we started the pro-bono program with the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF), providing coaching services to their alumni, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who completed year 12 under QATSIF’s patronage and moving to the next stage of their life, building a career or choosing further study.

NAIDOC Week is the time of celebrations of the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year we wanted to go beyond celebrations and try to make an even greater impact.

I am immensely grateful to the AIPC CEO Joel Hudson and the Fire Up Coaching CEO Kathy McKenzie for their generous offer to collaborate with ICF Australasia Queensland Leadership Team and make this reality.