Jacob Keed

2016
Finalist
Australian Capital Territory

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Since 2015, Jacob Keed has worked in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Bus Team providing responsive transport to local members of the community at risk of social isolation through a lack of access to regular transport. To further his education, Jacob is undertaking a Certificate IV in Drug and Alcohol Education and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment at the Canberra Institute of Technology’s Yurauna Centre.

A significant part of Jacob’s role is working closely with the community, identifying vulnerable people and connecting them with services that improve their lives. He leads by example, also working to reconnect those who are displaced from their culture, history and connection to the land.

Through his own resourcefulness, Jacob developed and hosted two Cultural Exploration Days promoting reconciliation and learning among school students attending cultural awareness courses. These days were acknowledged as highly successful, with Jacob integrating on- and off-the-job training which benefited the indigenous community.