Entrepreneurship journey empowers and changes lives

04/08/2023 by Carmelle Wilkinson

Curtin graduate and The Underground Collective Founder Katie Liew

The Underground Collaborative founder Katie Liew.

Seven years ago, Curtin Commerce graduate Katie Liew was crunching numbers in her accounting job when she suddenly realised this career path wasn’t for her.

Despite a love for English while at school, Katie said she chose to study accountancy with the belief it would lead to greater employment opportunities.

“I had no idea what I wanted to do when I finished high school, so commerce seemed like a versatile degree, and something all businesses needed so it felt like a safe option,’’ she said.

“Looking back now my degree has certainly proved to be incredibly valuable since starting my own business.”

In 2017 Katie walked away from her 10-year accountancy career to launch The Underground Collaborative.

Through its café Ground+Co in the Perth CBD, the social enterprise provides training, mentoring, employment and wraparound support for women and young people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

Curtin graduate Katie Liew pouring coffee

Katie at work at Ground+Co.

Katie said stepping away from a secure role to brave the not-for-profit sector was a risk she was willing to take.

“I’ve always been passionate about helping others, and while working in the mining and resources industry as a management accountant, I was actively volunteered with organisations including Starlight, State Emergency Service, Camp Quality and Youth Affairs Council WA,’’ she said.

“Looking back now, leaving my job was the best decision because it allowed me time to visit Africa, something I had always dreamed about.”

Katie said camping and overlanding through Africa for two months was the catalyst for change and ignited a strong desire to make a difference to the lives of those in need.

Curtin graduate Katie Liew while travelling

Katie said her experience in Africa changed the trajectory and purpose of her life.

“I rediscovered my passion for volunteering and social impact following my trip to Africa and from there, began my social entrepreneurship journey with the dreams of driving and instilling positive change in the lives of others,’’ she said.

“Leaving behind my accounting career to launch The Underground Collaborative was a huge gamble, but I was no longer feeling fulfilled in my job and knew I wanted to make a difference.

“During my travels, I saw how disempowered communities in Africa were and I realised I could help in some capacity back home. At the café there is a huge focus on providing employment to empower people who are experiencing hardship.”

With her social justice fire ignited, Katie spent time volunteering at a friend’s social enterprise café on her return to Perth, which donated profits to their international aid organisation.

“It was through their partners in Indonesia that I had the opportunity to travel to Jakarta, where I came face to face with poverty,’’ she said.

“There were families and children living in garbage dumps with no access to sanitation, toilets, or clean water.

“It was heartbreaking. And it was then I made up my mind that I wanted to come back home and do something meaningful.

“When I returned, I was experiencing a mixture of emotions. I was completely dissatisfied, angry and deflated with the state of our world and I was also frustrated with the thought of spending the rest of my life doing something I didn’t really care for.”

Katie said it was this renewed sense of direction that led her to starting the Underground Collaborative.

“I wanted to give life and a sense of freedom for people who did not have the privileges I did growing up,’’ she said.

“My parents worked incredibly hard to provide for our family and I always felt I wanted to make them proud and do something meaningful with my life.”

Through the Underground Collaborative, Katie provides employment for women impacted by domestic violence and young people at-risk and helps them find sustainable housing solutions.

Curtin graduate Katie Liew speaking at an event

With a passion for international aid and social impact Katie is dismantling the stigma of homelessness.

With no regrets of giving up corporate life, she is focused on empowering women and young people.

“You don’t have to change the world, to change the world. Change your world, to change someone else’s,’’ she said.

Katie said a key component of successful progress in the homelessness sector was collaboration.

“The recognition is that we are stronger when we unite forces, share successes stories and struggles and create a true picture of the issue we’re trying to solve,’’ she said.

“One of our beautiful employees who previously worked at Ground+Co, has transitioned to permanent employment where she had saved up enough money to enter the private rental market.

“She has broken the cycle of homelessness and is an incredible inspiration to not only myself but to so many.”

Armed with a passion for international aid, social impact and human rights Katie is breaking the cycle of homelessness and dismantling the stigma surrounding society’s perception to raise awareness and create change.

“The goal at the end of the day is to educate, empower and employ.” she said.

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Internationally acclaimed artist-jeweller, historian, and author, Dr Dorothy Erickson has dedicated her multi-faceted art career to elevating WA’s art and design history! 🎨🎓

Exhibiting since 1972, Dorothy has had over 40 solo exhibitions and more than 350 group exhibitions in Australia and Europe. 

Growing up on a farm northeast of Perth, Dorothy’s jewellery interweaves elements of WA’s unique natural world which have been greatly inspired by her mother, Dr Rica Erickson AM CitWA, who was an eminent wildflower painter and author.

Following graduation, she worked in Vienna and made regular visits to London. The contacts she made there enabled her to bring leading experts to the 3D Design Jewellery and silversmithing course when she was lecturing at WAIT. 

Passionate about sharing Western Australian makers and their work with the world, Dorothy was awarded the 2020 Curtin Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions. 

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a significant impact? Nominate them for a Lifetime Achievement Award today! 🌟

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

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Internationally acclaimed artist-jeweller, historian, and author, Dr Dorothy Erickson has dedicated her multi-faceted art career to elevating WA’s art and design history! 🎨🎓

Exhibiting since 1972, Dorothy has had over 40 solo exhibitions and more than 350 group exhibitions in Australia and Europe.

Growing up on a farm northeast of Perth, Dorothy’s jewellery interweaves elements of WA’s unique natural world which have been greatly inspired by her mother, Dr Rica Erickson AM CitWA, who was an eminent wildflower painter and author.

Following graduation, she worked in Vienna and made regular visits to London. The contacts she made there enabled her to bring leading experts to the 3D Design Jewellery and silversmithing course when she was lecturing at WAIT.

Passionate about sharing Western Australian makers and their work with the world, Dorothy was awarded the 2020 Curtin Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions.

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a significant impact? Nominate them for a Lifetime Achievement Award today! 🌟

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #LifetimeAchievement #Art #Jewellery #Environment #Design #Changemakers #Leaders
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Applications for the 2024 Curtin Ignition program are now open! 📣 

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or corporate innovator, Curtin Ignition is the ideal intensive training program to trial and prepare your business idea for the commercial world!💡🌏

By the end of the program, you will gain: 

🏆 Key skills to ensure your business effectively responds to the needs of your target customers. 

🏆 Access to a significant network of contacts within the WA investor and business community. 

🏆 Confidence to plan next steps for your business. 

The Curtin Ignition program will run from Sunday 1 September to Friday 6 September 2024. 

Participation costs $3,750 (ex GST) per person but there are a range of fully funded scholarships on offer each year from a variety of sponsors. 

Find out more about the Ignition program here 👇https://shorturl.at/xUqzr

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinIgnition #Program #Business #PerthBusiness #Perth #Incubator #Entrepreneur #SmallBusiness #Entrepreneurship #Innovation

Applications for the 2024 Curtin Ignition program are now open! 📣

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or corporate innovator, Curtin Ignition is the ideal intensive training program to trial and prepare your business idea for the commercial world!💡🌏

By the end of the program, you will gain:

🏆 Key skills to ensure your business effectively responds to the needs of your target customers.

🏆 Access to a significant network of contacts within the WA investor and business community.

🏆 Confidence to plan next steps for your business.

The Curtin Ignition program will run from Sunday 1 September to Friday 6 September 2024.

Participation costs $3,750 (ex GST) per person but there are a range of fully funded scholarships on offer each year from a variety of sponsors.

Find out more about the Ignition program here 👇https://shorturl.at/xUqzr

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinIgnition #Program #Business #PerthBusiness #Perth #Incubator #Entrepreneur #SmallBusiness #Entrepreneurship #Innovation
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With a successful AFL career spanning 26 years to his name, Curtin graduate John Worsfold has made a significant impact on and off the field. 🏈🎓

John has a distinguished AFL career, which began when he was selected as an inaugural squad member of the West Coast Eagles in 1986. From there, he went on to become premiership captain in 1992 and 1994.

Following the end of his playing career, John was appointed assistant Coach at Carlton Football Club and then later coach of the West Coast Eagles, going on to coach 281 games, including a premiership, over the next two years. 

Now, John works as Manager of People & Culture at Emeco Group and is the Director of On My Feet, a program that helps combat Australia’s rising homeless population get back on their feet. 

He is also an ambassador to the The Shane Warne Foundation and the Australia Day Council and has been an active supporter of Channel 7’s Telethon, the Cancer Council and SAS Resources Trust.

John was our Curtin 2014 Distinguished Australian Alumni Award Winner for his outstanding leadership in effecting cultural and behavioural change within organisations. 🌟

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🏆

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #AFL #Football #Sport #Coach #Culture #BehaviourChange #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership

With a successful AFL career spanning 26 years to his name, Curtin graduate John Worsfold has made a significant impact on and off the field. 🏈🎓

John has a distinguished AFL career, which began when he was selected as an inaugural squad member of the West Coast Eagles in 1986. From there, he went on to become premiership captain in 1992 and 1994.

Following the end of his playing career, John was appointed assistant Coach at Carlton Football Club and then later coach of the West Coast Eagles, going on to coach 281 games, including a premiership, over the next two years.

Now, John works as Manager of People & Culture at Emeco Group and is the Director of On My Feet, a program that helps combat Australia’s rising homeless population get back on their feet.

He is also an ambassador to the The Shane Warne Foundation and the Australia Day Council and has been an active supporter of Channel 7’s Telethon, the Cancer Council and SAS Resources Trust.

John was our Curtin 2014 Distinguished Australian Alumni Award Winner for his outstanding leadership in effecting cultural and behavioural change within organisations. 🌟

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🏆

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #AFL #Football #Sport #Coach #Culture #BehaviourChange #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership
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Curtin graduate Holly Hazel is passionate about sharing stories and advocating for those making a real difference in the WA community. 🌍💛
 
As Volunteering WA’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Holly manages the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, the Volunteer Day Garden Party, and various state-wide marketing campaigns.

This National Volunteers Week, Holly shares why she is passionate about working for organisations that exist to make lasting change in the community. 👇

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫?
I worked for two years as the Marketing Executive at St Andrew’s First Aid in Glasgow.  This involved coordinating 350 volunteers across Scotland to provide first aid at community events, and taught basic first aid to children and adults.

As part of our advocacy campaign to introduce first aid into the school curriculum, two girls from our childrens cadets program attended Scottish Parliament and showed Members of Parliament how to use a defibrillator to restart a heart.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞?
Currently, my work focuses on amplifying the voice of WA’s volunteering sector. Sometimes people think volunteering is just a ‘nice thing to do’, but in reality people who volunteer are actually keeping this country moving and connected.
 
There are reportedly 1.5 million people in WA who volunteer – but in reality, there are so many more. First Nations Peoples or different cultural groups may not use the word ‘volunteer’ – they’re simply using their time to help their family and the community – these are the stories I hope to help continue to share.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
Whether you want to make new friends, spend time with family, be physically active, learn a skill, boost your confidence or champion a cause that matters to you – there’s a volunteering experience waiting for you.
 
Curtin has many volunteering opportunities for graduates. Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📧

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek

Curtin graduate Holly Hazel is passionate about sharing stories and advocating for those making a real difference in the WA community. 🌍💛
 
As Volunteering WA’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Holly manages the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, the Volunteer Day Garden Party, and various state-wide marketing campaigns.

This National Volunteers Week, Holly shares why she is passionate about working for organisations that exist to make lasting change in the community. 👇

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫?
I worked for two years as the Marketing Executive at St Andrew’s First Aid in Glasgow.  This involved coordinating 350 volunteers across Scotland to provide first aid at community events, and taught basic first aid to children and adults.

As part of our advocacy campaign to introduce first aid into the school curriculum, two girls from our childrens cadets program attended Scottish Parliament and showed Members of Parliament how to use a defibrillator to restart a heart.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞?
Currently, my work focuses on amplifying the voice of WA’s volunteering sector. Sometimes people think volunteering is just a ‘nice thing to do’, but in reality people who volunteer are actually keeping this country moving and connected.
 
There are reportedly 1.5 million people in WA who volunteer – but in reality, there are so many more. First Nations Peoples or different cultural groups may not use the word ‘volunteer’ – they’re simply using their time to help their family and the community – these are the stories I hope to help continue to share.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
Whether you want to make new friends, spend time with family, be physically active, learn a skill, boost your confidence or champion a cause that matters to you – there’s a volunteering experience waiting for you.
 
Curtin has many volunteering opportunities for graduates. Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📧

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek
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Meet the Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operations Committee Director, Brody Close. 👋🎓

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, Brody now works as a Graduate Consultant at BDO Australia.

During his time at Curtin, Brody was actively involved as President of the Curtin Tax Clinic Society and was a student volunteer with the Curtin Tax Clinic.

We sat down with Brody to learn about his new role at CBSAA.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞?
A: With the help of the Advancement Office and the Operations Committee, I coordinate the execution of the CBSAA’s initiatives. It involves writing a lot of emails! 😭

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞?
A: To continue giving back to the Curtin community, which started as volunteering and club roles on campus when I was a student. I see the CBSAA as an opportunity to create real value for my fellow alumni in an emerging area.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
A: Joining the CBSAA solidifies your bond with Curtin and opens a gateway to developing a diverse and extensive professional network.

𝐐: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: I formerly volunteered as a crew member on a full-sized working replica of a 17th-century Dutch yacht.

Are you a Curtin business graduate? Join the Curtin Business School Alumni Association LinkedIn group to get access to all the latest events and opportunities via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #CurtinBusinessSchool #Association #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Mentorship #Events #ProfessionalDevelopment #GivingBack

Meet the Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operations Committee Director, Brody Close. 👋🎓

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, Brody now works as a Graduate Consultant at BDO Australia.

During his time at Curtin, Brody was actively involved as President of the Curtin Tax Clinic Society and was a student volunteer with the Curtin Tax Clinic.

We sat down with Brody to learn about his new role at CBSAA.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞?
A: With the help of the Advancement Office and the Operations Committee, I coordinate the execution of the CBSAA’s initiatives. It involves writing a lot of emails! 😭

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞?
A: To continue giving back to the Curtin community, which started as volunteering and club roles on campus when I was a student. I see the CBSAA as an opportunity to create real value for my fellow alumni in an emerging area.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
A: Joining the CBSAA solidifies your bond with Curtin and opens a gateway to developing a diverse and extensive professional network.

𝐐: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: I formerly volunteered as a crew member on a full-sized working replica of a 17th-century Dutch yacht.

Are you a Curtin business graduate? Join the Curtin Business School Alumni Association LinkedIn group to get access to all the latest events and opportunities via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #CurtinBusinessSchool #Association #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Mentorship #Events #ProfessionalDevelopment #GivingBack
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If there is one thing volunteering has taught Curtin Nursing graduate Monika Kataragadda, it’s how to be brave. 🎓🤝

Monika’s love for volunteering sparked at Curtin, being involved in CurtinVolunteers! on campus gave her a sense of purpose, lifelong friendships, and memories.

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, Monika shares her volunteering experiences below. 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬?
A: The Nowanup Trip I went on in 2023, as part of the John Curtin Weekend, stood out for me. Located just north-east of Albany, Nowanup Boodja is a centerpiece in the Gondwana Link ecological restoration program between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park.

On the trip, we were able to help with restoration work which included removing hazards from walking trails and putting up new fences to protect the native vegetation from non-Indigenous species. At the end of each day, we would sit around the campfire sharing our stories and struggles - it was great to be in the moment surrounded by nature with likeminded people. 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: Personally, volunteering taught me to be more brave. On these trips, you often don’t know anyone and this forces you to form new connections in an environment you’re often not familiar with. I’m someone who likes to plan but I’ve come to realise people aren’t predictable and volunteering has helped me come to terms with the spontaneity of life, which has helped me in my career.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
A: If you have limited time, I suggest starting small. Sometimes the smallest projects can make the biggest impacts. Also, see if your workplace offers company volunteering that you can get involved in. Just do what interests you and give it a go! 

Did you know that Curtin has many opportunities for graduates to volunteer? Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📩

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek

If there is one thing volunteering has taught Curtin Nursing graduate Monika Kataragadda, it’s how to be brave. 🎓🤝

Monika’s love for volunteering sparked at Curtin, being involved in CurtinVolunteers! on campus gave her a sense of purpose, lifelong friendships, and memories.

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, Monika shares her volunteering experiences below.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬?
A: The Nowanup Trip I went on in 2023, as part of the John Curtin Weekend, stood out for me. Located just north-east of Albany, Nowanup Boodja is a centerpiece in the Gondwana Link ecological restoration program between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park.

On the trip, we were able to help with restoration work which included removing hazards from walking trails and putting up new fences to protect the native vegetation from non-Indigenous species. At the end of each day, we would sit around the campfire sharing our stories and struggles - it was great to be in the moment surrounded by nature with likeminded people.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: Personally, volunteering taught me to be more brave. On these trips, you often don’t know anyone and this forces you to form new connections in an environment you’re often not familiar with. I’m someone who likes to plan but I’ve come to realise people aren’t predictable and volunteering has helped me come to terms with the spontaneity of life, which has helped me in my career.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
A: If you have limited time, I suggest starting small. Sometimes the smallest projects can make the biggest impacts. Also, see if your workplace offers company volunteering that you can get involved in. Just do what interests you and give it a go!

Did you know that Curtin has many opportunities for graduates to volunteer? Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📩

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek
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Over the past 31 years, Curtin Nursing graduate Melanie Robinson has worked in several diverse nursing roles. 🩺🎓

With cultural connections to the Gidja and Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley in WA, Mel is passionate about supporting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 🖤❤️💛

During her career, Mel has worked in Perth, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Dublin, Ireland. She also worked as a nurse educator at Marr Mooditj Training and served as CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Now, she is the Director of Aboriginal Health at Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Recognised in 2021 for her significant impact in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Melanie received the Curtin University Professional Achievement (Health Science) Alumni Award. 

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🌟

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆🏽

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #Healthcare #Health #Changemakers #Leaders #FirstNations #Aboriginal #Perth #Career #Leadership

Over the past 31 years, Curtin Nursing graduate Melanie Robinson has worked in several diverse nursing roles. 🩺🎓

With cultural connections to the Gidja and Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley in WA, Mel is passionate about supporting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 🖤❤️💛

During her career, Mel has worked in Perth, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Dublin, Ireland. She also worked as a nurse educator at Marr Mooditj Training and served as CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Now, she is the Director of Aboriginal Health at Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Recognised in 2021 for her significant impact in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Melanie received the Curtin University Professional Achievement (Health Science) Alumni Award.

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🌟

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆🏽

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #Healthcare #Health #Changemakers #Leaders #FirstNations #Aboriginal #Perth #Career #Leadership
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We are so proud to see an amazing bunch of Curtin University alumni win big at this year’s Business News #40Under40 Awards! 🎉👏

A special congratulations to the following graduates for their outstanding contributions: 

•Managing Director of @pathfinder_marketing, David Toby
•Creative Director & Owner of @houseofhobbyau, Emilie Otto
•Founder & Director at Reliis Ltd, Leanne Kite
•Founding Director & Occupational Therapist at @therapyforkidsperth, Mia Tarpey

The awards recognise and celebrate WA’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and future business leaders under the age of 40.

Well done to the graduates who were awarded – we look forward to seeing you kick more goals in the future! 🚀

Read more about the winners here 👇 
https://shorturl.at/mwxNR 

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #BusinessNews #40Under40Awards #40Under40 #Perth #PerthBusiness #Community #WALeaders #Leadership #YoungLeaders #Business #Community

We are so proud to see an amazing bunch of Curtin University alumni win big at this year’s Business News #40Under40 Awards! 🎉👏

A special congratulations to the following graduates for their outstanding contributions:

•Managing Director of @pathfinder_marketing, David Toby
•Creative Director & Owner of @houseofhobbyau, Emilie Otto
•Founder & Director at Reliis Ltd, Leanne Kite
•Founding Director & Occupational Therapist at @therapyforkidsperth, Mia Tarpey

The awards recognise and celebrate WA’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and future business leaders under the age of 40.

Well done to the graduates who were awarded – we look forward to seeing you kick more goals in the future! 🚀

Read more about the winners here 👇
https://shorturl.at/mwxNR

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #BusinessNews #40Under40Awards #40Under40 #Perth #PerthBusiness #Community #WALeaders #Leadership #YoungLeaders #Business #Community
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When a terrible stutter started to negatively impact his life, Peter Dhu CSP MBA decided to stop speaking altogether.
 
For a decade of his life, Peter’s fear of talking to people became so severe that he decided to become an elective mute, only communicating purely using handwritten notes. ✍️📝
 
Now, the Applied Science graduate and former medical scientist is one of Australia’s most inspirational public speakers – helping others find their voice through his business, Corporate Communication Experts.
 
Peter shares his number one tip for overcoming a fear of public speaking. 🧠💡
 
Peter shares how he overcame his greatest fear and how he’s helping others do the same in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinCommons #PublicSpeaking #Speaking #Confidence #Stutter #Performance #Productivity #Communication #MotivationalSpeaker

When a terrible stutter started to negatively impact his life, Peter Dhu CSP MBA decided to stop speaking altogether.
 
For a decade of his life, Peter’s fear of talking to people became so severe that he decided to become an elective mute, only communicating purely using handwritten notes. ✍️📝
 
Now, the Applied Science graduate and former medical scientist is one of Australia’s most inspirational public speakers – helping others find their voice through his business, Corporate Communication Experts.
 
Peter shares his number one tip for overcoming a fear of public speaking. 🧠💡
 
Peter shares how he overcame his greatest fear and how he’s helping others do the same in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinCommons #PublicSpeaking #Speaking #Confidence #Stutter #Performance #Productivity #Communication #MotivationalSpeaker
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What does a week in the life of an Intensive Care Unit Nurse look like? 👀🧑‍⚕️

Curtin Master of Nursing graduate Danelia Craill looks after some of our state’s sickest patients as an ICU Clinical Nurse at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Danelia is also passionate about educating our next generation of nursing graduates as an Associate Lecturer at Curtin School of Nursing.

Whether she’s caring for patients, undertaking Extracoporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) training or teaching our future nurses on best practice - no two days are the same! 🩺📚

Ahead of #InternationalNursesDay this Sunday, Danelia shares a couple of days from her busy week above. 👆 

This year the Curtin School of Nursing celebrates 50 years of excellence. Update your details to reconnect and get involved in the exciting events and activities here 👉 https://shorturl.at/fnKP3

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #InternationalDayoftheNurse #IND2024 #OurNursesOurFuture #HealthSciences #ICU #Nursing #Graduates #Alumni #NursingAnniversary #Anniversary #Celebration #Milestone #Events #WAHealth

What does a week in the life of an Intensive Care Unit Nurse look like? 👀🧑‍⚕️

Curtin Master of Nursing graduate Danelia Craill looks after some of our state’s sickest patients as an ICU Clinical Nurse at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Danelia is also passionate about educating our next generation of nursing graduates as an Associate Lecturer at Curtin School of Nursing.

Whether she’s caring for patients, undertaking Extracoporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) training or teaching our future nurses on best practice - no two days are the same! 🩺📚

Ahead of #InternationalNursesDay this Sunday, Danelia shares a couple of days from her busy week above. 👆

This year the Curtin School of Nursing celebrates 50 years of excellence. Update your details to reconnect and get involved in the exciting events and activities here 👉 https://shorturl.at/fnKP3

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #InternationalDayoftheNurse #IND2024 #OurNursesOurFuture #HealthSciences #ICU #Nursing #Graduates #Alumni #NursingAnniversary #Anniversary #Celebration #Milestone #Events #WAHealth
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Generations of Curtin graduates tied together by a single thread, their shared love of giving back to the community. 💛

Lisa, Lydia, and Alison hold a legacy that extends beyond Curtin. They have built a successful physiotherapy business that enriches WA families’ lives through connection, movement, and play.

Following in their mother’s footsteps, Alison and Lydia have worked alongside their mother for 12 years, sharing her passion for early intervention and helping babies and young children reach their full potential.

Recently, the duo took over their mother’s clinic, Step by Step Physiotherapy for Children - creating a legacy that spans multiple generations.
 
𝐐: 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐚, 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐬?
A: I am very proud of Alison and Lydia for taking on these roles. Alison has worked with me for many years now and I have seen her develop into a very competent, compassionate, and understanding Paediatric Physiotherapist.

Lydia has always shared her knowledge and understanding of the adults and children she has worked with. I’ve seen how passionate she is in her field and feel very comfortable with her stepping into the business.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬?
A: Our advice is to use this special knowledge you gain as a family to build a workplace that supports each individual and gives them a chance to flourish in the areas they love. Why is this important? Because you spend an awful lot of your life at work, so it has to be something you love!

This Mother’s Day, the trio will celebrate the special day together with their extended family, reflecting on the women in their lives who have provided motherly care. 💝💐

Discover more incredible graduate stories in Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Generations #MothersDay #Memories #Nostalgia #HigherEducation #Family #Community #Physiotherapy #Psychology #Business #Perth

Generations of Curtin graduates tied together by a single thread, their shared love of giving back to the community. 💛

Lisa, Lydia, and Alison hold a legacy that extends beyond Curtin. They have built a successful physiotherapy business that enriches WA families’ lives through connection, movement, and play.

Following in their mother’s footsteps, Alison and Lydia have worked alongside their mother for 12 years, sharing her passion for early intervention and helping babies and young children reach their full potential.

Recently, the duo took over their mother’s clinic, Step by Step Physiotherapy for Children - creating a legacy that spans multiple generations.
 
𝐐: 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐚, 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐬?
A: I am very proud of Alison and Lydia for taking on these roles. Alison has worked with me for many years now and I have seen her develop into a very competent, compassionate, and understanding Paediatric Physiotherapist.

Lydia has always shared her knowledge and understanding of the adults and children she has worked with. I’ve seen how passionate she is in her field and feel very comfortable with her stepping into the business.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬?
A: Our advice is to use this special knowledge you gain as a family to build a workplace that supports each individual and gives them a chance to flourish in the areas they love. Why is this important? Because you spend an awful lot of your life at work, so it has to be something you love!

This Mother’s Day, the trio will celebrate the special day together with their extended family, reflecting on the women in their lives who have provided motherly care. 💝💐

Discover more incredible graduate stories in Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Generations #MothersDay #Memories #Nostalgia #HigherEducation #Family #Community #Physiotherapy #Psychology #Business #Perth
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