International Women’s Day

Betty Doolan

Betty Doolan
Betty Doolan

Thank you for thinking of me as an inspirational woman. I hope my story has an effect on young indigenous youth, I hope it gives them the inspiration to further studies… I have always been told by wise family members ’if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything’ and I always have that in the back of my head.
- Betty Doolan, Dec 2010

Miss Betty Doolan provides inspiration to her peers, teammates, classmates, teachers as well as to the greater community. She is looked up to and well respected in the aboriginal community.

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Betty takes pride of having a strong relationship with family and friends and loves to spend as much time with them as possible. Betty comes from Wiradjuri, Cowra, with family coming from Kamilaroi, Walgett. She is actively involved in sports and community affairs. She enjoys football, gardening and listening to country music. She plays Rugby League, Rugby Union and Touch Footy. She has been a member of the champion team in Queanbeyan.

Miss Betty Doolan is the first student to go through all the classes and complete the Canberra Institute of Technology Certificate III in Business for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and community. She was awarded the CIT Centre for Business Institute Medal during the 2009 graduation ceremony, a recognition of her exemplar and dedication.

Within the context of family concerns and personal illness, Miss Doolan has tenaciously and consistently delivered work of a high standard, beyond minimum requirements for achievement of competence, across all subjects in the Certificate III program. Betty’s conduct in class exhibits her capacity to learn and reach for excellence. She is intelligent, dependable, well-liked and shows initiative. She is a very conscientious student and self-motivated. Mature and well grounded, she has a clear vision of what she wants from her studies, what she wants from her life.

Betty seeks guidance, follow instructions and readily supports others to achieve outcomes. She is a team player with excellent interpersonal skills. She tirelessly explains the tasks and provides examples when her peers appear to lag behind, to ensure they understand. Her demeanour endeared her to classmates, mentors and teachers

Upon completion of her Certificate III, Miss Betty Doolan successfully joined the Australian Public Service (APS) 2009 DEEWR Indigenous Traineeship Programme. She manned the Indigo Help Desk and was asked to raise the indigenous flag in the 2009 NAIDOC celebration. In 2010, she gained her Certificate IV in Government. Currently, she assists in the DEEWR Indigenous Youth Mobility Programs which helps indigenous kids. She is part of the Youth Leadership and Mobility Team, Schools Engagement and Well Being Group.

With her academic excellence, exemplary behaviour, commitment and dedication, continuing involvement at work supporting indigenous kids, active in sport and in community affairs, truly Miss Betty Doolan is an inspiration to women, men, youth alike.


Story contributed by Ginny Aguilar & Nina Allen.