Suits & Utes

As a student at Port Augusta Secondary School Harrison Haynes thought there was “no way you would have found him in an office wearing a tie every day”. Football, basketball and girlfriends were his priorities back then. “School was just there because we had to do it!” However he quickly adds that if he knew then what he knows now he would have gained better results in year 12.

These days Harrison wears a suit every day in his role as Acting Manager at the Port Augusta branch of the ANZ bank, proudly shows off his newly acquired ute and encourages young people to “take all the opportunities that come their way.”

It was his association with the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Inc. that led Harrison into what has become a promising career.

He attended the “Polly Farmer Homework Centre”, when it didn’t clash with football and basketball, but had “no idea” what he wanted to do in life. He was struggling with family issues which took priority over year 12 studies when Stephen Carter approached him and suggested that he take on a traineeship with the local ANZ bank.

Adam Moss the district manager had approached Stephen looking for a suitable candidate to fill an indigenous traineeship in the newly established Port Augusta branch of the ANZ bank. Harrison felt he had nothing to lose and with Stephen’s help put together a resume.

By the end of year 12 Harrison was participating in the traineeship which has changed his life.

After spending 8 months in Ceduna in the role of personal banker, attending conferences around Australia and participating in ongoing ANZ training and mentoring Harrison felt confident enough to take on his present role as Acting Manager and aspires to become a District Manager. He is also keen to become involved in community leadership programs such as “Outward Bound”.

Harrison has returned to the Port Augusta “Polly Farmer Homework Centre” to “lend a hand” and encourages young people there to become confident and to take on life’s opportunities.

Georgie Sharp