Montanna is a young Noongar, Walmajarri and Gooniyandi woman from Katanning, and a MADALAH Alumni from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School. In year 12, she had the tough job of planning out what she was going to do in her career after school but had plenty of options having completed certificates in Sport and Rec, PE Teaching and Ed Support.
With all options considered, there were still some things on her mind that could not be ignored including her passion for equality, community safety, helping the fight against drugs and alcohol, helping her community, and stamping out racism. All of these led to a dream of Montanna’s which was to join the WA Police force. Montanna enquired and was offered a Cadetship with the West Australian Police Force.
When asked about her new journey, Montanna said “Being on a MADALAH scholarship helped me a lot and helped me get into my dream job of working with the WA Police Force. I am working with them through the program as an Indigenous police cadet and have been in this role for 3 months now and am really enjoying it.
I started my initial 2 weeks of training at the academy in Joondalup, where we are posted to our stations and begin working with the officers. I am currently based in Katanning where I get the opportunity to go out on the road with the officers and learn how to work with the community and complete policing tasks.
I also work on the front counter helping with inquiries and those needing assistance. After completing a year of the Indigenous cadetship with the police force, I hope to go through the police academy in Joondalup and complete the six months of training to become a fully qualified police officer”.
MADALAH are super proud, and we cannot wait to see Montanna achieve her dream and help make the community a safer place!