The McCusker Centre for Citizenship successfully piloted a unique Mentoring Program in 2020 which ran from March – October. The Mentoring Program connected 6 McCusker Centre for Citizenship students with a mentor who was a senior leader in the community and who has considerable experience and leadership in actively contributing to their communities.
The Honourable Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, Director and Chairman of The McCusker Charitable Foundation and former WA Governor, and fellow Director His Honour Judge Denis Reynolds, presented participants with certificates of thanks and acknowledgement at an event on Wednesday 14 October.
Students who, through previous participation in the Centre’s programs, have demonstrated their interest in active citizenship, submitted applications to be considered for the Mentoring Program. A competitive selection process was conducted by the McCusker Centre for Citizenship selection panel after which 6 successful mentees were selected and matched to a mentor:
1. Clare Lagan was mentored by Helen Creed from Regional Early Education and Development Inc;
2. Helena Trang was mentored by Tricia Murray from Wanslea;
3. Meisha Bull was mentored by Professor Carmen Lawrence from The University of Western Australia;
4. Riley Dolman was mentored by Juan Larranaga from the Minderoo Foundation;
5. Shenhav Nave was mentored by Ian Carter from Melville Cares;
6. Thomas Selah was mentored by Joe Caleja from Recovery Matters;
Mentors participating in the McCusker Centre for Citizenship Mentoring Program provided student mentees with personalised support, encouragement, and advice about how students can continue to contribute to the community and be active citizens beyond their time at university.
The Program has already received positive feedback from participants and it is anticipated that the Program will be offered again in 2021.