After two years in the Deadly Sista Girlz program Zhane Thomas (16) has developed from a shy, apathetic student to an emerging leader and role model for her peers.

On a Monday morning at 5am it’s safe to say many people waking this early would wake up with a little regret. The weekend is over and it’s time to tackle a whole new working week. Jasmine Calgaret is not one of those people. The 20-year-old Italian-Whadjuk Noongar woman is ecstatic to be putting on her hi-visibility work wear and steel-toe boots and practically runs out the door to her new job.

“It is an Aboriginal celebration – an awareness culture week when all the communities get together and have events, to encourage families and friends to come along and learn more about our culture.”

Not many people get to live out their childhood dream. Even fewer get to do it in front of 60,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Jarrad Oakley Nicholls managed both. And, whilst that dream did not work out the way he expected, the journey it has taken him on has led him to a different calling, and a way to give back to his culture.

Switching from his natural orthodox stance to southpaw, the 22-year-old Perth boxer can change from a left-hand to a right-hand lead jab, punching from different angles and putting his opponent off balance.

Jasmine Calgaret recently started her dream job as an boilermaker apprentice with Barclay Engineering.