"Cultural Choice Office Supplies is the creation of Mark and Jodie Watson. Mark is a Gamilaroi man from Walgett in northern NSW and worked for many years as an Aboriginal Education Worker in local high schools and a local school for disengaged young adults.
Jodie is a business woman, entrepreneur and community advocate who shares Marks passion for a stronger future for Aboriginal children and communities.
Mark and his wife Jodie have 2 sons Connor and Fletcher who, through the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation were granted education scholarships that the family could have only dreamed about. Immensely grateful, the family often reflected on the significance of opportunity on a young persons perception of what might be possible in life.
Inspired by their experience Mark, Jodie and their boys had a vision to link business and corporate capacity with programs that, through education and employment, would create opportunities and inspired futures for other aboriginal children and young people. In turn, Cultural Choice Office Supplies was born.
After becoming members of the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and gaining Supply Nation Certification, Mark and Jodie worked tirelessly for many years to build relationships with global suppliers and community partners to create a purpose driven, state of the art, market leading stationary and office supplies company.
Cultural Choice Office Supplies has since grown to secure contracts with NSW Education and is a preferred supplier of NSW Government Agencies and socially responsible corporate organisations across Australia; all the while supporting indigenous employment and awareness raising initiatives.
More recently Mark and Jodies family was tragically impacted by suicide when their nephew took his own life. It was at this point that the focus and passion to make a difference in the lives of young aboriginal people gained impetus and the Cultural Choice Association (CCA) was established.
As a Deductable Gift Recipient (DGR) charity, the Association is the vehicle by which Cultural Choice Office Supplies will enable its purpose and achieve its dream.
With a strong evidence base in support of the impact of primordial preventions (interventions that reduce the risk factors for suicide) the focus on education, employment and well being remain central to the Cultural Choice commitment to the prevention of Aboriginal Youth suicide and its related causes in Australia." - CULTURALCHOICE
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