Two TAFE Western Bathurst College students have been successful at the organisation’s annual Outstanding Graduating Student Awards (OGSA) ceremony in Dubbo yesterday.
Certificate III in Community Services Work graduate Katherine (KC) Bradbury picked up two awards – Aboriginal Student of the Year (runner-up) and Aboriginal TVET Student of the Year – while Certificate IV Leisure and Health student Kellie Lane was named Trainee of the Year.
“TAFE Western’s OGSAs are nominated by our teachers and recognise our most passionate, dedicated, industrious, hard-working and skilful students,” Institute Director Kate Baxter said.
“KC was well respected for her polite nature and a dedication to her work that saw her stand out among her peers.
“KC was always willing to listen and learn and go beyond what was expected of her by her teachers. She is an inspiration to fellow Aboriginal students as well as to Aboriginal people in her local community.
“Kellie has developed into an outstanding carer - offering a variety of services and activities to the frail, aged and disabled who attend Bathurst Seymour Centre.
“Kellie is highly regarded for demonstrating compassion, empathy, enthusiasm and understanding without reservation on a daily basis.”
KC was nominated for the award by Certificate III Community Services Teacher Jacquie Ashleigh, who said: “KC has continually demonstrated a commitment to Social Justice principles, has been a wonderful advocate for issues affecting the Indigenous community, youth and people with disabilities and is a wonderful ambassador for them.”
Kellie’s nomination came from Leisure and Health Teacher Leigh Maxwell, who said: “Kellie remains driven to improve the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable community members and this passion and dedication is something to be admired.”
Dubbo Diploma of Community Services student Michael Parris was named the Most Outstanding Graduating Student of the Year, with Grace Parker, also from Dubbo, runner-up.
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