National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared history, cultures and achievements, and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation with First Nations Communities in Australia. By understanding and respecting those who came before us, we can create a better future for all.
This year’s National Reconciliation week theme is ‘Be a Voice for Generations’, and Certis Security Australia remains committed to encouraging and promoting Indigenous voices and causes as we do our part to improve the lives of all Australians.
Across the country, our Certis Security Australia colleagues gathered to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and participate in fundraising activities. This was part of ‘Wear It Yellow’, an initiative by our adopted non-profit, Children’s Ground. A First Nations organisation, Children’s Ground will use these vital funds to create a brighter future for underprivileged First Nations children and their communities by providing much-needed educational tools and life opportunities.
During the course of Reconciliation Week 2023, which took place from 27 May to 3 June, various engagements were undertaken by our Certis Security Australia teams across the country to show our support and commitment to the cause.
At our head office in New South Wales, team members held a ‘Wear It Yellow’ fundraising morning tea and read about the importance of Reconciliation to all Australians.
Australian Capital Territory State Manager David Myers invited our partners at Corroboree Certis, including Directors Colin Williams and Jim Andriopoulos, to join Certis colleagues for their own morning tea. The gathering saw them share and reflect on the purpose of Reconciliation and what it means, reinforcing the long relationship between Certis and Corroboree.
“It was great to get together for a coffee and cakes to discuss important matters,” David said. “We have a strong relationship with Corroboree, which we will continue to grow.”
Led by our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Chair and Victoria State Manager, Michael Gucic, Certis Security Australia staff in Victoria gathered to watch an educational video from Children’s Ground. The team learned about the organisation and how they are helping children in First Nations communities, incorporating cultural and mainstream learning.
“Our Team Members all wore something yellow to signify the importance this charity has, and we acknowledged the traditional custodians of the lands and water where we operate our Victoria business – the Wurundjeri Community,” Michael explained.
Over in Western Australia, State Manager Anthony Yates presided over a morning tea attended by corporate and frontline colleagues. To help raise extra funds for Children’s Ground, the team organised a gold coin raffle, with first prize going to Security Officer Lachlan Smith. Congratulations, Lachlan!
“Your presence, generosity and dedication have made a significant impact,” shared Anthony as he thanked our Certis colleagues for their participation and donations.
In Queensland, State Manager Steve Crews took the team of corporate and frontline colleagues to the Birrunga Gallery, where they enjoyed a personal tour led by artist Kane Brunjes, a proud Gunggari / Kabi Kabi man who shared the stories and works by fellow First Nations artists who have inspired him.
Steve was proud of his team’s involvement, as he attested: “The level of engagement from the team really demonstrated Certis Security Australia’s commitment to the ‘Be A Voice’ theme of this year’s Reconciliation Week.”
Together, we saw 90 corporate and frontline colleagues from across six States and Territories participate in this year’s initiatives, with almost $1,300 raised for Children’s Ground.
Well done, Team Certis!
While Reconciliation Week 2023 is over, you can still make a difference by donating to our cause here: https://wearityellow.org.au/o/certis-security-australia-head-office