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Solidarity And Hope Is What Drives ATSI Trainee, Tahlia Clowes

General May 30, 2019

As a proud Wakka Wakka woman, Tahlia Clowes says working for our union has broadened her horizons.

Graduating from Yeronga State High School in Brisbane in 2017, it was early the year after when Tahlia commenced work at The Services Union as our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Trainee.

Describing herself as a country girl living and trying to make sense of a big city, Tahlia has had a few bumps in the road getting to where she is now. She moved around a great deal growing up and attended many schools. Tahlia says it is her upbringing that fuels her ambition and desire to make a difference.

“I’m the second eldest of seven children and I’ve not had an easy or well-travelled road. However, the path I have travelled has taught me a lot about life and how I deserve to live it,” Tahlia explained. “I strive to do my best in every aspect and I’m always looking for new ways to improve.”

Tahlia has completed her Certificate Three in Business and Administration and is currently studying her Certificate Four as part of her Traineeship. Working across different teams in our Union’s office, Tahlia has learned and developed a wide variety of social, administration and communication skills.

These have included: producing spreadsheets and a range of other documents; setting up meetings; ordering goods for our Union’s office; corresponding with members; and helping the various teams in their administrative work.

Tahlia said she loves working for our Union.

“I love interacting with our members each and every day. I also love participating in rallies and Labour Day celebrations which are so full of solidarity and hope,” Tahlia said. “These experiences have given me the opportunity to see what our Union does for working Queenslanders and their families It’s amazing to see what can be achieved when everyone stands with one another, instead of against each other.”

With a love of music from the 1940s and 50s as well as being in the great outdoors, Tahlia’s dream one day is to work with ATSI communities as a teacher.

“I want to help Indigenous youth in rural areas and motivate them to reach for the stars,” Tahlia explained. “I want to help boost cultural awareness and self esteem. I’m excited to see what my future holds and can’t wait for the experiences and memories I will create and have a chance to be a part of.”

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