A ‘Blessing’ for CKB – staff member recognised for outstanding community service and local government leadership

Published on Thursday, 21 September 2023 at 10:51:03 AM

The work of City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Migration Agreement Officer and community advocate, Blessings Masuku has been commended with a Merit Award as part of the Western Australian Local Government Association’s (WALGA) 2023 Honours Program.

The award, announced at the WALGA Local Government Convention last weekend, honours those who show dedication and commitment to their local government and community service.

Beginning her journey in local government in 2018, Blessings served in the procurement and purchasing department for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and in 2022, she assumed the role of the City’s Migration Agreement Officer.

Blessings oversees and administers the Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA), a vital five-year labour agreement between the Federal Government, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and six other Goldfields regional shires. The Goldfields DAMA enables employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers and has been pivotal in the effort to combat labour shortages throughout the region.

Blessings, passionate about our community, joined the Goldfields Community Legal Centre in 2019, where she directed the Goldfields Migrant Employer Program and the Migrant Settlement Program.

Beyond her professional responsibilities, Blessings actively volunteers across several community organisations across the region. Her current positions include Secretary for the Goldfields Multicultural Community Organisation, Committee Member of the Multicultural Stakeholder Reference Group for the WA Primary Health Alliance and Board Member of the Goldfields Women’s Health Care Centre and Museum of the Goldfields.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO Andrew Brien said this is a well-deserved award and praised Blessings for her ongoing contribution to our community.

“Blessings embodies the essence of community involvement and its symbiotic relationship with local government,” he said.

“Her dedication to multiculturalism is a central pillar of her work. She recently co-founded and volunteered to be the secretary of the Goldfields Multicultural Community Organisation, reaffirming her commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion.”

“Blessings has made a difference in the lives of many people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, from those who have recently relocated to our City, to longtime residents working with Blessings to launch new initiatives or seeking her advice. She is always willing to lend a hand.”

“This award acknowledges her exceptional contributions to the community, exemplary service in the local government sector, and her mission to empower others through her ongoing activism within the Goldfields region.”

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