Gillian is runner-up in TAFE’S
Vocational Student of the Year
COWRA TAFE College graduate, Gillian Diamond-Squires, has been named runner-up in the Western Institute’s Most Outstanding Graduating and Vocational Student of the Year awards.
The presentation of awards took place in Bathurst last week.
Ms Diamond-Squires lives near Cowra and was a graduate of Certificate IV Home and Community Care in 2012.
She has also completed other courses through TAFE Western in previous years.
Above right: Gillian Diamond-Squires (centre) with TAFE Western’s Advisory Council member Audrey Hardman (right) and TAFE Western director Kate Baxter (left).
Ms Diamond-Squire’s teacher commended her for tenacity and positive attitude.
Ms Diamond-Squires has two young boys, cares for her husband who suffers from a disability and also runs a children’s entertainment business on the weekends.
The awards in six categories – Vocational Student, Apprentice, Aboriginal Trainee, Trainee, Young Learner and TVET Student – were announced at the ceremony, the 21st presentation ceremony.
TAFE Western’s Outstanding Graduating Student Awards are the most prestigious offered by the institute.
Teachers nominate graduating students and category winners are chosen by TAFE Western’s Institute director Kate Baxter and a member of the institute’s Advisory Council.
Category winners are then interviewed to choose the Most Outstanding Graduating Student for TAFE Western in 2013.
“Each of the winners has a different but impressive story,” says Ms Baxter.
“There are combinations of motivation and dedication, adversity, community contribution, excellence and leadership.
“The common theme for them all is that TAFE Western has played a vital part in their journeys . . . by helping them take the first step in their careers or further education, by assisting them to gain the confidence they need to overcome their circumstances or by advancing their skills and qualifications to secure the next stage in their career.
“Given the size of the institute and total numbers of student enrolments – more than 40,000 in 2012 – it is a significant achievement for each of these students who have been named as an outstanding graduating student,” Ms Baxter says.
Ms Diamond-Squires says she’s proud to receive the award.
“My TAFE teachers were so supportive and helpful,” she says.
“TAFE Western has played a major part in my achievements within employment and personally.”