Meet our new team member… 

Project officer/Sales person – Kerrina Tamiano

At the Shopfront

Hello my name is Kerrina Tamiano. I enjoy a diverse cultural heritage including Aboriginal, Rotuman, Dutch and Samoan. My KT1family clan is Amurdak Bunitj and we have also have strong links to Croker Island and Cobourg Peninsula where my maternal grandfather was born. I was born in Victoria and raised in the NT.

I completed my NT Certificate of Education. This was a big accomplishment for me because I am the first one in my family to complete high school. I was keen to get a job and almost immediately, I began working on a casual basis as a youth worker with a local Indigenous health service. I eventually moved to a permanent position and continued as a youth worker for over 8 years! During this time, I developed many skills, gained lots of experience and met many great people. The owner of Starwin, Karina Gray was one of them! Karina is a great inspiration to us all and when I found out there was an opportunity to come and work for her at Starwin, I jumped at it. I am really look forward to being part of Starwin’s exciting future projects. Watch this space!!!

 

Qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Youth Work, BCA National (completing in December).
  • Accreditation in the Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist for Youth and Adults, Indigenous Psychological Services.
  • safeTALK (facilitator training).
  • Young Women’s Community Health Education Program (facilitator training).
  • Core of Life Pregnancy, Birth and Early Parenting Education for Adolescents (facilitator training).
  • Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership, Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre.
  • Work safely in the construction industry (white card).
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE).
  • Certificate II in Music Industry (Foundation).
  • Certificate I in Tourism.
  • Certificate I in Retail.
  • Certificate I in Web Design and Program Software.

Professional Career:

Most of my experience has been gained from community work/engagement as a youth worker. I was also on the first National Australian Youth Forum committee and I’m also currently the Vice Chairperson for the Palmerston NAIDOC committee. I am very passionate about Indigenous issues particularly youth issues, suicide prevention and social justice! I believe we can all play a part in closing the gap of disadvantage between Indigenous and non-Indigenous lives. J

 

Key Achievements:KT2

  • Stepping Up Award, Danila Dilba Health Service (2014).
  • Yarn Safe Project, Campaign Participant, headspace (2014).
  • NT Young Achievers, Semi-Finalist in Youth Leadership category (2009).
  • Palmerston Young Citizen of the Year, Semi-Finalist (2006).