Former Northam boy given funds to follow his dream
Former Northam boy and Graham Polly Farmer Foundation Follow the Dream student Kienan Davis was the worthy recipient of the 2018 Rob Riley Memorial Prize, presented by the Minister for Education Sue Ellery at Parliament House last week.
The Rob Riley Memorial Prize is awarded to the leading public school Aboriginal Year 12 Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) student and Vocational Education and Training (VET) student.
“As a young Aboriginal boy, my early years were spent growing up in Northam where my teachers were my grandparents and aunties,” Kienan said.
“That all changed when my parents decided to move the family to Perth so that my brothers and I could get a good education, ensuring we could have the best opportunities in our future.”
Kienan struggled to fit in and said his primary school years saw him struggle with authority.
“I was pretty unhappy until I was encouraged to join “Follow the Dream”, a program for Aboriginal students striving for academic excellence,” he said.
“Here I really found myself, met like-minded people and was able to be myself. Most importantly, I started to believe that I could achieve great things and my desire to get the best education I could became my focus.”
Along with the prize, Kienan received a cheque for $5000 to assist with his studies to become a paramedic.