Joshua Toomey – 2011 ATA winner

Winner of the '2011 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award', Joshua Toomey, reflects on his past while volunteering at the NAISDA Dance College.

Joshua Toomey joined Ausgrid in 2006 through their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pre-Apprenticeship Program. With focus and commitment he gained a highly sought after Australian Apprenticeship with the company. In 2010, he completed his four-year apprenticeship, was awarded a Certificate III in Electrical Supply Industry-Distribution (Powerline) and is now enjoying a career as a fully qualified Electrical Linesman.

Entering his third year working with the Darkinjung board in 2014, Mr Toomey has taken over the role of chair from Jenny Hayes, and said he was humbled and excited at the opportunity to further engage with and promote the values of Darkinjung and the Central Coast's indigenous community.