Students in BSSC’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) program had a special visitor at their Advisor session today when Alumni, Darcy McGauly-Bartlett, returned to the college to share pathway opportunities and speak about his own journey post Year 12.

Darcy has had an amazing five years, beginning his working life as an Aboriginal Health Practitioner with BDAC in Bendigo, before joining Victoria Police as an Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer. Since October 2020 he has held the position of Aboriginal Clinical Governance Officer, overseeing the Cultural Safety Standards for all prison health services in Victoria.

It’s an incredible achievement for a 22 year-old and is driven by Darcy’s passion for community and desire to change things for the better.

He encouraged students to stay true to themselves and to take every opportunity available to them.

“There are jobs out there in the public service,” he said. “Keep coming to school every day and get your VCAL certificate. There are jobs in areas like Justice Health and Community Services that are waiting for young people like you.”

Darcy is no stranger to helping young people. In 2018 he created the Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Program, encouraging youth to continue their education and grasp opportunities. He wants to offer BSSC students the same encouragement.

“If you need advice or practical help, I’m here for you,” he said, offering on his contact details to students.

The college thanks Darcy for donating his time so generously and his willingness to support students.