Opportunities to Engage with the Indigenous Health Scholars
Feedback from previous events from Rotarians and Students:
“As a past Assistant Governor and now the District Chair for Australian Rotary Health in District 9550 I have been involved with the Mentor Program for the past five years. To meet the recipients of the Indigenous Health Scholarships, listen to their stories and journey into their chosen field is a very rewarding experience. I have seen these young adults mature each and every year into leaders in their chosen professions.
Having an involvement in the Mentor Program made my decision to take a role in Australian Rotary Health an obvious choice. I cannot speak highly enough of the program and members of Rotary Clubs in District 9550 respond positively after meeting the students. District 9550 already supports 3 students and this number should increase in 2016.”
Layne Gardiner (Rotary Club of Cairns, Qld)
“The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA for short, has been a definite highlight of my life, and most certainly the best way to have started this year. I did not know what to expect from the week as I hadn’t ever heard of it before and wasn’t able to find out much about it. Parramatta Daybreak, the Rotary Club that has been supporting me and granted me the Indigenous Health Scholarship, sponsored me to go to attend the camp. I really want to stress that I had no expectations of this camp, and that it ended up exceeding any that I could have come up with anyway.
Never have I been in an environment filled with people with such a diverse range of backgrounds, stories, ideas, opinions, ambitions and passions. And despite this incredible diversity we managed to become as close knit as family. I now have 75 new best friends and find it incredibly hard to describe my experiences during that week to anyone who wasn’t there. The experiences were invaluable both for me on a personal level and also in developing my leadership capabilities. I am so grateful and feel indebted to my Rotary club for both recommending me to and supporting me in my attendance of this incredible camp. I will not forget this experience for many years and believe the product of it will help me to be the most efficient and effective leader that I can be as a health professional in the future.”