Anet has been working in the sector for 26 years, yet remains humble, passionate and empathetic in her work. Anet’s passion for supporting young people has taken her through jobs with Bernardo’s, Canteen, Northside, Our Place, and The Junction, working with young people in homelessness, case work, health and health education. Anet has been in the game long enough to watch 15 year olds in desperate circumstances grow into 25 year olds ageing out of our services with qualifications, families, homes and employment. There are many clients Anet still works with at The Junction that she has built relationships with over decades of different support and services. She is able to help young people navigate this sector with the wisdom of many years watching it grow and change. Anet’s experience is invaluable at The Junction, where she is able to connect young people and staff with a range of services to provide wrap-around support. Most impressively, after 26 years in the field, Anet still approaches each day and each new young person with an incredible attitude and energy.
Bryan Duke began working in the homelessness sector in the mid 1990’s, running a soup kitchen in the old Griffin Centre, and in the youth sector in 2001. He currently runs the Take Hold program with Ted Noffs foundation, which he established in Canberra in 2012.
Bryan builds a strong rapport with young people and never gives up on trying to support them, and connecting them with the most suitable services, workers and mentors available. He has a relaxed attitude and is real with the young people, which allows him to build a strong connection quickly. Bryan shows commitment to his clients and will often be approached from former clients about how their lives have changed, and the positive influence he has had on their lives.
Bryan not only engages with and supports young people, he also contributes significantly to the youth and homelessness sectors both formally and informally. He regularly attends meetings such as Joint Pathways, Youth Housing and Homeless Forum, and was part of the steering group to set up the Youth Worker Practice Network. Bryan regularly attends training to keep up to date with the latest knowledge and information, and uses his wisdom and experience to enhance the learning of other participants.
Bryan takes the time to get to know new workers in the sector, and gather information about the different services available, in turn improving his endless knowledge of the sector and his amazing talent for networking. Bryan is reliable and trustworthy in his approach to his work. He is well known in the sector, and has a reputation for caring for young people and youth workers, and always has a smile and friendly work for them. This is balanced by being unafraid to speak up and use his knowledge and experience to make sure that the focus of decisions are working in the best interests of young people.