CQUniversity Australia

Engaging Indigenous people within Higher Ed

CQUniversity's Office of Indigenous Engagement recently hosted a visit from the Oodgeroo Unit of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), at Rockhampton Campus.

Professor Anita Lee Hong, Director of the Oodgeroo Unit, and Lone Pearce, Project Officer, met with Office of Indigenous Engagement staff to discuss employment issues and best practice models for engaging Indigenous people within the higher education sector, including governance matters.

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Marcus game to volunteer, sports a Statewide award 

CQUniversity research officer Marcus Ellison has gained Statewide recognition for his almost compulsive habit of volunteering.

His efforts on behalf of the Yaralla Football Club in Gladstone have earned him the title of 'Queensland Young Volunteer of the Year for Sport and Recreation', in an awards ceremony organised by the Office for Volunteering within the Queensland Department of Communities.

PhotoID:11493, Marcus Ellison with his award
Marcus Ellison with his award

Marcus runs the 'ManUp' health program out of his Gladstone Campus office, but also finds time to be a player, coach, committee member and president for Yaralla.

He has coached the Under 13 girls to a minor premiership, run junior goalkeeper coaching sessions, served as fundraising officer and grant writer for two new grandstands, established the club website and email domain, helped to arrange new football kits, and fostered links with a multicultural group.

As well as his Statewide recognition, Marcus was the club's 'Supporter of the Year' last year. More recently, he has been voted as 'Club Person of the Year'.

Marcus received $500 and a framed certificate when he attended a volunteers' development workshop and presentation ceremony at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane recently. He received his award from the Hon Karen Struthers MP, Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women.