Youth Ambassadors

Meet some of our IYC 2012 Youth Ambassadors, delegates to the IYC 2012 Youth Summit:

Bianca Bond

Bianca Bond

"I co-operate as it is a value that is culturally embedded into my entire being. I have been taught from an early age by my Elders that within the collective we each have a role and a responsibility to carry...to work together for the benefit of the collective and not for the rise of an individual."

My name is Bianca Bond and I am a Kabi Kabi Aboriginal woman from South East Queensland. I am very proactive particularly in the Sunshine Coast and its outer regions, but am also involved in state, national and international social justice and community development projects and programs. I currently work in many areas of social, political and cultural themes across many communities.

As current Chairperson of the Sunshine Coast Indigenous Network Group and also a current International Action Partner with Oxfam International where 300 people from 100 countries across the world are collaborating and working together for positive social change to empower the process of Self Determination; I believe I am in a position to participate, partner and exchange knowledge and pathways across a very large scale of diversity and geographical area.

Janelle Christmass

Janelle Christmass

“I am proud to have worked with Capricorn Mutual for the past seven years and have enjoyed this time immensely having come from an Insurance industry background. The experience I have gained in the Co-operative principles of Capricorn Society and Mutual standards has been invaluable and it is pleasing to work within an organisation which mirrors personal standards of the way in which business is conducted.”

Evette Clague

Evette Clague

Ginagay. My name is Evette Clague. I am one of four Youth Summit delegates from Woolitji Co-operative.

I am a Yaegl woman and our country stretches along the NSW coast north and south of the Clarence River.

I play clarinet in a jazz trio called Sunday Street and composed two of the tracks and perform in the documentary "When Colin Met Joyce" that features in the Co-operatives Film Festival.

I spent my early childhood living in Woolitji House the 1882 built heritage building in Maclean that has been restored by our Co-operative.

Myee Gregory

Myee Gregory

“I co-operate because humans are connected with each other and the Earth, so it’s best for everyone if we all work together.”

I’m attracted to co-operatives because of the long-term benefit they have to the community in which they operate on a social, environmental and economic level. In 2011, I travelled to Nepal with Sarah Taylor to make short documentary The High Road, about her project White Circles Global Trading.

 It was encouraging to witness the positive impact White Circles is having in the remote Nangi Village, through using co-operative ideals. It sustainably creates employment opportunities and empowers the women involved, and also develops the education facilities and other community projects. While in Nepal, I worked with Sarah to develop an online presence to further promote the ideals of White Circles. This business model inspired me to get further involved in co-operatives as their success is accomplished sustainably through people working together to achieve common goals.

Nicky Ison

Nicky Isson

Nicky is an expert in the field of community energy, specialising in energy policy and governance, energy options assessment and community owned renewable energy. She is currently a research consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) and Director of the Community Power Agency. Prior to these positions Nicky was the National Convenor for the Australian Student Environment Network and gained five years’ experience in the student and community climate sector as an advocate, facilitator and organiser.

Steven Lynch

Steven Lynch

As the youngest member of the team, Steven has performed outstandingly in his leadership role at bankmecu. Colleagues sight him as an inspirational and enthusiastic role model for other young employees and all with whom he works. He is committed to applying the co-operative principles in every aspect of his working life.

Rachel Price

Rachel Price

"I Co-operate because I believe that it is through collaboration, education and innovation that we can find the equilibrium between the positive power of business and social responsibility."

My main involvement in using cooperative business approaches to problem solving stem from my involvement in Enactus (formally SIFE). Enactus is a student organisation that uses business and entrepreneurial skills to create community outreach programs, aimed at increasing the quality of life and standard of living of people in need. Our organisation is involved in a variety of projects from increasing the retention rate of agricultural graduates and creating a relationship with the agricultural industry, to bridge the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians through education and access to fundamental rights and services, such as birth registration.  

I believe that by incorporating social and environmental responsibility with the positive power of business is an effective way of implementing the co-operative model to improve communities. I also believe that strengthening community ties, creating partnerships, and encouraging education, are the most effective ways of creating positive sustainable change. In my opinion Co-operatives provide a solid platform and strategy for creating this type of change, which benefits all members of the community.

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor

“I co-operate because I understand the strength in bringing together a diverse range of people for a common goal.”

I am currently involved in a project that is addressing the needs of women's employment, and rural education in Nepal. We support a successful social enterprise by trading in the boutique craft industry.  The interesting factors to the paper project are that along with other agricultural and eco-tourism projects, the intention is to funnel profits into their local education and maintain facilities such as their community internet connection.

As a community, they work for the community. Their equality and the encouragement to contribute ideas and opinions is inspiring, unique and strong. My work with this group is to act as an international market. The clear barrier that I am facing, is that Australia needs a team just like Nangi. I envisage a co-operative style business that could allow other villages or groups to contribute their skills and products under the one umbrella.

 I am attracted to co-operatives because I can see how they work in the community development sector. I envy the strength in groups of villages like Nangi and want to use my energy to replicate the Nangi framework for other communities, including those in Australia.

You can follow Sarah’s project in Nepal on the White Circles Facebook page and twitter.

Kristy Walters

Kristy Walters

Kristy is the Director and Campaigner of Friends of the Earth Brisbane Co-operative and is also a research assistant at Queensland University of Technology. She has embraced and applied the co-operative model and its principles to fundamental issues including education, food shortages and the environment. She has organised many cross co-operative events for members to share ideas, gain inspiration and collaboratively build the co-operative movement.

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