Keona grew up in a supportive household in Broome, surrounded by her parents and five siblings who encouraged her to complete year 12 at Broome Senior High.
My parents didn’t have the opportunity to complete their high school education, so they were very persistent to make sure I did.Keona Turner
Prior to joining Nirrumbuk, Keona was working at Broome Youth Support Group, a ‘drop-in’ centre dedicated to providing support services to young people in the community. Despite enjoying her role which included running workshops for Indigenous women and organising sports events, Keona wanted to learn practical business skills.
She heard about Nirrumbuk through family members, and applied for the 12 month traineeship. In the short time she has been with the organisation, Keona has worked with experienced staff members to learn payroll, Excel skills, and administrative tasks. Over the next 9 months she is looking forward to learning more about Nirrumbuk and building on her experience. One of Keona’s personal goals is to get her licence so she can purchase a car.
Keona’s mentors at Nirrumbuk will work with her for the remainder of the traineeship to build an Individual Development Plan, which will assist with outlining her work and personal objectives.
I’ve always been a shy person, but working here has encouraged me to come out of my shell. My communication skills have improved and I’m more optimistic about the future.Keona Turner