In helping not-for-profits to access its courses, AIM WA hopes to lend a helping hand to those in charge of our community’s integral resources.

AIM WA’s Annual Scholarship Program has nurtured the development of professionals across the community for a quarter of a century.

Driven by the pursuit of management, leadership and organisational excellence, the program recognises and supports the work of the not-for-profit (NFP) sector.

The Institute awarded 32 scholarships to a wide range of not-for-profit organisations and three individuals earlier this year.

Rise Network Youth Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld won the Ben Scott Young Professional Award.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award winners were Melanie Howard (Aurora Education Foundation Project Officer) and Wayne Ryder (Palmerston Association Aboriginal Community Worker).

Organisations to win scholarships included Foodbank of Western Australia, Access Housing, Perth Netball Association, Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, Volunteering WA, Inclusion WA and Edge Employment Solutions.

“The Institute’s vision is to be an international leader shaping management, leadership and organisational excellence in Australia and our region,” AIM WA Chief Executive Officer Gary Martin FAIM said.

“By providing these scholarships to local NFPs we hope they will be assisted in improving their performance in an area that might not otherwise be accessible.”

Leading professionals down the path of growth and development, the scholarships provide organisations and individuals with the funds to attend a selection of open programs by AIM WA.

AIM WA’s Scholarship Program underlines the organisation’s vision to shape management,
leadership and organisational excellence in Australia.

Influencing growth

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer Carrick Robinson said the program made first-class training available to those who might not have been able to benefit otherwise.

“Our team looks forward to selecting programs which will benefit them personally as well as the foundation so we can help transform the health care of Western Australia’s sick children and young people,” he said.

A recipient of the AIM WA Scholarship for the past decade, The Smith Family has used the funds to underwrite the training of its work, health and safety representatives, support staff and new managers in leadership, communications and budgeting.

“Coming into leadership a number of years ago I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of a scholarship which enabled me to do the New Manager course,” The Smith Family Regional Programs Manager WA Anita Bowyer said. “The skills I learned have proven invaluable.”

Foodbank WA Human Resources Manager David Warren attended two courses relating to human resources and industrial law and said both were relevant and insightful.

“Five years later I still refer to the subject matter of both courses during my day-to-day work,” he said. “The time I spent at AIM WA was a great top-up for my existing qualifications.”

Foodbank WA Pilbara Team Lead Leisha Aberle, who has participated in a number of AIM WA courses, said the facilitators were engaging and professional and understood the challenges of the modern working world.

“The practical skills I’ve gained from the AIM WA courses have been endlessly helpful in my role at Foodbank WA, particularly in leading my team and delivering a complex and multifaceted project in remote WA,” she said.

“I’m currently working towards completion of the Diploma of Project Management and I’m already excited and inspired by the opportunities to embed my learnings into the work we do here at Foodbank WA.”

By attending the Time Management: Organising Yourself course at AIM WA in November 2018, Foodbank WA Public Health Nutritionist Michelle McIntosh was able to breathe new life into her time management skills.

“My primary takeaway was to plan and schedule when I am going to start tasks rather than just working back from the timeline, and to add any new tasks to my to-do list as soon as I get them,” she said.

Sandra Argese is a Journalist at The West Australian Newspapers and is a writer for 'Leader', AIM WA's magazine for members.