Resilience and grit of Ukrainians sends powerful message to the world

24/08/2022 By Carmelle Wilkinson

Daryna Zadvirna filming in the Ukraine

Daryna Zadvirna filming in Ukraine.

Watching bombs rain down on her home country of Ukraine during Russia’s invasion was like watching a horror film Daryna Zadvirna couldn’t turn off.

At the time, the Curtin journalism graduate was working as a crime reporter for The West Australian, when she made the bold decision to head to the front line.

“I couldn’t take it any longer. I felt helpless just sitting and watching it all unfold on the TV screens in the newsroom, I just wanted to be there,” she said.

“I wanted to go in any capacity that I could. Whether it was through my profession, or to just go over and volunteer, anything – I just wanted to go.”

In March last year, while millions were attempting to flee the war zones, Daryna took personal leave and headed straight for it.

“The plan was to fly to Poland and then walk across the border. I’m sure many people would have thought I was crazy,’’ she said.

Born in Lviv, Daryna remembers a happy childhood, surrounded by extended family.

A young Daryna

A young Daryna.

“When I was 10, we moved to the UK. Mum and Dad both worked in the medical profession, but funny enough, I was never interested to follow in their footsteps. Medicine just wasn’t for me,’’ she said.

“I loved writing stories and poetry, so I guess it’s no surprise I ended up studying journalism.”

Armed with a backpack, camera and note pad, Daryna spent five weeks travelling through Ukraine, sharing untold stories from those on the frontline.

Unlike other foreign media, she would do it without an entourage, bodyguards, driver, or translator.

Her award-winning documentary My Ukraine: Inside the Warzone, received both local and national acclaim and earned the now ABC cross-platform reporter a prestigious Walkley Award for Young Australian Journalist of the Year.

Daryna was awarded a Walkley Award

Daryna (centre) at the Walkley Foundation young journalist of the year awards earlier this year.

Daryna said while she learned to emotionally distance herself from trauma and tragedy when she worked as a crime reporter for The West, nothing could prepare her for what awaited in Ukraine.

Images L-R: Children on the street in Bucha and a woman, who saw her son-in-law shot in the street, walks past a blown-up Russian tank. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna.

“I can only describe it as genocide,’’ she said.

“I still have nightmares.”

Daryna said one of the hardest things to witness was the huge loss of life.

“When you’re watching the war on TV, you’re seeing smouldering ruins, heavily armed soldiers walking the streets and mass groups of people fleeing danger. You don’t see the mass graves, children starving in the basement of their homes or the torture chambers,’’ she said.

“There are dozens of Ukrainian faces seared into my brain: the woman who saw her son-in-law shot on the street but couldn’t move his body because she’d suffer the same fate; the people who had to bury children; the mothers waiting outside the surgery room waiting to find out if their wounded children would survive and a four-year-old Mariupol girl too traumatised to speak.

“And then there are the faces of those whose stories are too morbid to tell.”

Daryna said one the more horrific sides to the war, happened in Butcha.

“I’m not sure why this wasn’t covered widely by mainstream media, but there were reports from neighbours and relatives of women and children being brutally raped and tortured by the Russians,’’ she said.

“Publications like the New Yorker picked up the story, but for the most part, everyone just glazed over this. They seemed more interested in covering the sensationalism of war.”

Arriving at Ukraine border in the middle of the night, Daryna was questioned for over an hour before being allowed to enter.

“Most people were leaving Ukraine, not many were trying to get in, so they wanted to know what I was doing,’’ she.

“My aunt and uncle were waiting for me on the other side of the border, and after I passed security we drove back to their place in Zhovka, a town near Lviv.

“The drive home was unusually quiet. Normally we’re chatting away and catching up, but this time was different. The ride was mostly silent, except for the radio which provided regular updates on the number of casualties and road closures.”

Over the next five weeks, Daryna would travel through Ukraine by train and volunteer/humanitarian trucks to the country’s recently liberated towns.

Daryna with Ukranians

Daryna and a group of people from a small village near Kyiv (which had been liberated from Russian occupation). 

“Everyone was so nice and helpful. I didn’t spend one night in a hotel,’’ she said.

“I mostly stayed with friends of family, or friends of friends, and in the end just complete strangers.”

Daryna said every other day a local man who decided to go to war would return in a casket and the whole community would gather to pay their respect.

“It was like a collective grief, everyone was feeling it,’’ she said.

Daryna said the emotion with which the Ukrainians told their stories gave her the strength to follow through and share their stories.

“I didn’t really grasp what was actually happening around me until I landed back home in Australia,’’ she said.

“In Ukraine I was in full work mode, so never allowed myself to get too swept up in it. But looking back now, I wish I had stayed longer.”

Daryna said sitting with families in the basement of their homes as they armed themselves with frying pans and shovels, was a reminder of her of the true character of the people of Ukraine.

“Out of all this tragedy, horror and grief they had an enormous amount of resilience, resistance and grit despite what was happening around them,’’ she said.

“It’s come at a huge price but now the world has seen Ukraine for what it is. I like to think we’ve earned the respect of people and leaders around the world.

“Putin’s invasion has had an opposite effect of what he intended. He’s made Ukraine a stronger country.

“I hate to see the world lose interest or forget what’s happening. But there is not a shred of doubt in my mind that we will come out of this better and stronger in the end and we will win.”

Curtin graduate Daryna Zadvirna

Daryna’s powerful documentary shows the world the grit, resilience and unwavering strength of Ukranians. 

It’s this same grit and fighting spirit, which gives Daryna the confidence and thick skin to navigate the world of journalism.

“Those first few months following graduation weren’t easy, but you do adapt,’’ she said.

“My advice would be to listen intently to your senior journos and editors around you. Take their advice, but also stay true to yourself and learn to say no when something doesn’t align with your moral compass.

“Always remember the true purpose of the story you are telling and treat people as you would want to be treated.”

Now a cross-platform reporter for the ABC, Daryna is passionate about covering stories that change, shape and impact lives.

Watch Daryna’s award-winning documentary, ‘My Ukraine: Inside the Warzone’ here.

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Meet Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operational Committee Member Sarah Kahle. 👋 

As a Curtin Master of Business Administration graduate, Sarah is passionate about helping aspiring entrepreneurs and startups thrive as Curtin’s Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs & Community. 

We sat down with Sarah to learn about her role at CBSAA. 👀

1. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫? When I completed my MBA at Curtin one of the most valuable parts of the program  one of the most valuable parts of the program was the network I had built. I wasn’t ready for that aspect to finish, so I joined the CBSAA committee to help curate the kind of events that I would like to attend and could bring my study pals together again! 

3. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫? I was grateful to receive a Women in MBA scholarship. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the MBA program, so I would love to mobilize the WiMBA alumni for some events and programs that are aimed at MBA grads and undergraduate alumni who are interested in doing an MBA,as it was such a great experience for me. 

4. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀? 
Keeping your connection to Curtin can provide so many benefits. I am now lucky to be working in the Entrepreneurship Team at Curtin. Our alumni provide so much benefit to the startup community. There’s such a huge community with connections to Curtin, so the CBSAA is an amazing network and resource! 

5. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟? I was a tour manager for many big Aussie bands in the early 2000’s, and I once organised a hip hop festival! 😊🎶

Find out more about the Curtin Entrepreneurs via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Entrepreneurship #Events #Perth #GivingBack #Startup #PerthBusiness #PerthSmallBusiness #PerthStartup #PerthIsOk #Entrepreneur

Meet Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operational Committee Member Sarah Kahle. 👋

As a Curtin Master of Business Administration graduate, Sarah is passionate about helping aspiring entrepreneurs and startups thrive as Curtin’s Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs & Community.

We sat down with Sarah to learn about her role at CBSAA. 👀

1. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫? When I completed my MBA at Curtin one of the most valuable parts of the program  one of the most valuable parts of the program was the network I had built. I wasn’t ready for that aspect to finish, so I joined the CBSAA committee to help curate the kind of events that I would like to attend and could bring my study pals together again!

3. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫? I was grateful to receive a Women in MBA scholarship. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the MBA program, so I would love to mobilize the WiMBA alumni for some events and programs that are aimed at MBA grads and undergraduate alumni who are interested in doing an MBA,as it was such a great experience for me.

4. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
Keeping your connection to Curtin can provide so many benefits. I am now lucky to be working in the Entrepreneurship Team at Curtin. Our alumni provide so much benefit to the startup community. There’s such a huge community with connections to Curtin, so the CBSAA is an amazing network and resource!

5. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟? I was a tour manager for many big Aussie bands in the early 2000’s, and I once organised a hip hop festival! 😊🎶

Find out more about the Curtin Entrepreneurs via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Entrepreneurship #Events #Perth #GivingBack #Startup #PerthBusiness #PerthSmallBusiness #PerthStartup #PerthIsOk #Entrepreneur
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Growing up, Curtin Nursing graduate Khai Kamarudin did not doubt in his mind that he wanted to be a nurse – just like his mum. 🩺👨‍⚕️

As time passed, Khai found himself on a completely different career path, which included stints as a light fabrication engineer and a frontline police officer in Singapore.

It wasn’t until years later after some self-reflection that he decided to pursue his true childhood passion at Curtin.

Now, Khai works as a Clinical Nurse helping patients overcome the mental and physical trauma of spinal injury.

Read more of Khai’s incredible career story in Curtin Commons via link in bio. 👆🏼

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinCommons #CurtinAlumni #Nursing #Nurse #Healthcare #Career #HigherEducation #Education #Professional #CareerSwitch

Growing up, Curtin Nursing graduate Khai Kamarudin did not doubt in his mind that he wanted to be a nurse – just like his mum. 🩺👨‍⚕️

As time passed, Khai found himself on a completely different career path, which included stints as a light fabrication engineer and a frontline police officer in Singapore.

It wasn’t until years later after some self-reflection that he decided to pursue his true childhood passion at Curtin.

Now, Khai works as a Clinical Nurse helping patients overcome the mental and physical trauma of spinal injury.

Read more of Khai’s incredible career story in Curtin Commons via link in bio. 👆🏼

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinCommons #CurtinAlumni #Nursing #Nurse #Healthcare #Career #HigherEducation #Education #Professional #CareerSwitch
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Proud Ballardong Noongar Yorga and Curtin graduate Kass Boladeras is passionate about making lasting change for young LGBTIQA+ people like herself. 🏳️‍🌈

A committee member for the Youth Pride Network, Kass is driven to create positive opportunities and advocate for LGBTIQA+ youth, particularly Indigenous and incarcerated LGBTIQA+ people. 

As Marketing & Operations Manager at Winyama, Kass’ work is helping close the digital divide for First Nations Australians by empowering organizations with the technology skills to care for Country and Mob. 🖤❤️💛

In light of Pride Month, Kass discusses Indigenous representation in the LGBTIQA+ community and shares some of her top tips for becoming a better ally. 

Read the full interview via the link in bio. 👆🏼

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Leadership #YouthPrideNetwork #PrideMonth #Pride #LGBTIQA #Indigenous #Representation #Youth #Leader #Ally #Advocate #Community #Acceptance #Perth #PerthIsOk

Proud Ballardong Noongar Yorga and Curtin graduate Kass Boladeras is passionate about making lasting change for young LGBTIQA+ people like herself. 🏳️‍🌈

A committee member for the Youth Pride Network, Kass is driven to create positive opportunities and advocate for LGBTIQA+ youth, particularly Indigenous and incarcerated LGBTIQA+ people.

As Marketing & Operations Manager at Winyama, Kass’ work is helping close the digital divide for First Nations Australians by empowering organizations with the technology skills to care for Country and Mob. 🖤❤️💛

In light of Pride Month, Kass discusses Indigenous representation in the LGBTIQA+ community and shares some of her top tips for becoming a better ally.

Read the full interview via the link in bio. 👆🏼

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Leadership #YouthPrideNetwork #PrideMonth #Pride #LGBTIQA #Indigenous #Representation #Youth #Leader #Ally #Advocate #Community #Acceptance #Perth #PerthIsOk
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We are beyond delighted to hear four Curtin alumni have received 2024 King’s Birthday Honours! 🎉👏

Congratulations to the following graduates on your exceptional contributions across the business, mining, and disability sectors:

• Adjunct Professor Peter Rossdeutscher awarded Member of the Order of Australia
• Vanessa Elliott awarded Member of the Order of Australia
• Scott Drummond awarded Medal of the Order of Australia
• Marion Hailes-MacDonald awarded Public Service Medal.

The unwavering commitment of this bunch of extraordinary graduates is incredibly inspiring - these honours are a true testament to their dedication and exceptional contributions to our society! 🌟

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #KingsBirthday #Honours #Australia #Business #Mining #Disability #Leadership #Perth #Global #Recognition #Community

We are beyond delighted to hear four Curtin alumni have received 2024 King’s Birthday Honours! 🎉👏

Congratulations to the following graduates on your exceptional contributions across the business, mining, and disability sectors:

• Adjunct Professor Peter Rossdeutscher awarded Member of the Order of Australia
• Vanessa Elliott awarded Member of the Order of Australia
• Scott Drummond awarded Medal of the Order of Australia
• Marion Hailes-MacDonald awarded Public Service Medal.

The unwavering commitment of this bunch of extraordinary graduates is incredibly inspiring - these honours are a true testament to their dedication and exceptional contributions to our society! 🌟

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #KingsBirthday #Honours #Australia #Business #Mining #Disability #Leadership #Perth #Global #Recognition #Community
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Harnessing a remarkable 30-year career, Curtin Master of Business graduate Fiona Beermier has built a truly inspiring legacy in the community and health sectors. 💚

As the former CEO of Ngala, Fiona has significantly contributed to improving the lives of children through early intervention and family support.

Throughout her career, Fiona has been a vocal advocate for marginalised populations, introducing vital programs into the community, including The School Breakfast Program and the Empowered to Win mentoring program.

Fiona was recognised in 2023 with a Curtin Alumni Professional Achievement Award for her truly inspiring commitment and dedication toward improving the lives of those most vulnerable in our community.

Don’t miss your chance to nominate a Curtin graduate making a significant impact in the community! 🌟

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

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Business #Health #Children #Family #Ngala #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership

Harnessing a remarkable 30-year career, Curtin Master of Business graduate Fiona Beermier has built a truly inspiring legacy in the community and health sectors. 💚

As the former CEO of Ngala, Fiona has significantly contributed to improving the lives of children through early intervention and family support.

Throughout her career, Fiona has been a vocal advocate for marginalised populations, introducing vital programs into the community, including The School Breakfast Program and the Empowered to Win mentoring program.

Fiona was recognised in 2023 with a Curtin Alumni Professional Achievement Award for her truly inspiring commitment and dedication toward improving the lives of those most vulnerable in our community.

Don’t miss your chance to nominate a Curtin graduate making a significant impact in the community! 🌟

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

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Business #Health #Children #Family #Ngala #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership
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What does a day in the life of a world-renwoned orangutan advocate look like? 🦧🌴

For more than three decades, Curtin Applied Sciences graduate Leif Cocks has worked tirelessly for orangutans to improve their welfare in captivity and ongoing survival in the world.

As Founder of The Orangutan Project, Leif has been instrumental in developing vital conservation plans for orangutans and through his charity has raised over $22 million for orangutan conservation since 1998. 

His current work with partners in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in Sumatra is helping breathe life back into a region that saw orangutans become extinct in the 1830s.

This World Environment Day, Leif shares what it’s like to get up close and personal with these noble creatures on one of his Eco Tours in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park.

Learn more about Leif’s incredible work in #CurtinCommons via link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #TheOrangutanProject #WorldEnvironmentDay #Environment #Protection #Orangutans #Conservation #Sumatra #Rainforest #Animals

What does a day in the life of a world-renwoned orangutan advocate look like? 🦧🌴

For more than three decades, Curtin Applied Sciences graduate Leif Cocks has worked tirelessly for orangutans to improve their welfare in captivity and ongoing survival in the world.

As Founder of The Orangutan Project, Leif has been instrumental in developing vital conservation plans for orangutans and through his charity has raised over $22 million for orangutan conservation since 1998.

His current work with partners in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in Sumatra is helping breathe life back into a region that saw orangutans become extinct in the 1830s.

This World Environment Day, Leif shares what it’s like to get up close and personal with these noble creatures on one of his Eco Tours in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park.

Learn more about Leif’s incredible work in #CurtinCommons via link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #TheOrangutanProject #WorldEnvironmentDay #Environment #Protection #Orangutans #Conservation #Sumatra #Rainforest #Animals
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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

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

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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
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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. 👆

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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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