TAFE NSW Orange’s Kylie Tarleton was humbled and thrilled to last night win the prestigious Bruce Kendall Award for Recognition of Service to TAFE NSW at the organisation’s 2017 Gili Awards in Sydney.
Ms Tarleton, a proud Wiradjuri woman, was surrounded by family, friends and colleagues as she upstaged a quality field from across NSW to claim one of TAFE NSW’s most significant awards bestowed on TAFE NSW employees.
“The Bruce Kendall Award is a very prestigious award for Aboriginal people who work for TAFE NSW, recognising excellence and the significant long-term contribution and dedication to Aboriginal education,” Ms Tarleton said.
“There are so many devoted workers at TAFE NSW who dedicate their lives to the grassroots level of Aboriginal education and I am in awe of each and every one of those people.
“I was very excited to be nominated as a finalist, and to be the recipient of this award is truly an honour. I humbly accepted this award and dedicated it to my ancestors and to my children, for the struggles that have been before us and for the prospects that are yet to come.”
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Kate Baxter paid tribute to Ms Tarleton, who she believes was very deserving of this recognition.
“Kylie has not only been an incredibly important asset to TAFE NSW for more than 24 years, she is a wonderful ambassador and passionate role model and advocate for Aboriginal peoples,” Ms Baxter said.
“Kylie’s dedication inspires those around her. She is a highly respected Aboriginal woman and educator, and there is no more deserving winner of this important award.”
TAFE NSW Managing Director Jon Black commended the winners for their achievements.
“We are very proud of the hard work of our amazing staff members and their dedication to improve Aboriginal learning across the state,” Mr Black said.
“The achievements of our TAFE NSW staff demonstrate the excellence in vocational education and training TAFE NSW provides for our students and the commitment of our industry-expert teachers in assisting them achieve success.”