So this week has been one of the biggest and most challenging I have had for a long time.
For those who know me, I have been involved in an absolutely amazing network (and, sorry fellas - but we far outnumber you in this amazing network) sisterhood for over 16 years, over a number of the towns I have lived in in that time.
This network is the West Australian Community Resource Network - we, they, stretch from the top to the bottom and the entire width of the state.
They are small centres in, sometimes tiny, towns. They are their towns' everything - their hub for social activities, the hub for small business development and support, their hub for things like libraries, bank services, transport department services, they are quite often the only traineeship opportunity in their town, they are the glue to their communities.
Kununurra grew around their hub, over the past 25 years there have been some passionate, motivated and talented people who have ensured the survival of the Kununurra Community Resource Centre. This list of people is one that I am extremely proud to be associated with - and incredibly honoured to have been their final navigator.
The amount of volunteer hours boards are putting in across the state is incredible, and inspiring, local people working tirelessly to ensure their communities are better places for the presence of their CRC. This is a GREAT investment of government funds. The return on this investment in social capital in rural, regional and remote West Australian towns is something that I am in awe of and so proud to have been fortunate enough to play a small part in over the years.
So the path forward for me is as exciting as the look back over past associations and achievements is for me, thanks mainly to the wonderful people and opportunities I have been fortunate enough to have had access to through my work with the West Australian Community Resource Network over the last 17 odd years.
I am excited to be able to continue working with people through TikTech Solutions, offering them their 'ahh haa' moments when teaching them something they didn't know about technology, or how easy it is to get your micro or small business online yourself, to market your brand out to the big wide world on the interwebs!
Connecting people. That's what we do. That's what I love doing.
Natika describes herself as a tech-tragic. Having been swept up in Apple Mania, this is where she's at her most tragic, but she's been an early adopter of new technologies for years and loves exploring ways to adapt the latest gadgets into everyday life.