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TAFE New England celebrates Gili Awards success

The TAFE New England community are celebrating the announcement that the Institute will be successfully represented at the 2016 TAFE NSW Gili Awards presentation evening to be held at the Sydney TAFE Institute, on Thursday.

TAFE New England student, Nioka O’Leary and staff member, Kim Curtis will travel to Sydney and will both be presented with an award. The ceremony is a significant recognition and celebratory event for TAFE NSW, Aboriginal students, community and industry.

TAFE New England Institute Director, Peter Heilbuth, said “We are very excited that the hard work of not one, but two members of the TAFE New England community will recognised at the 2016 Gili Awards.”

I am travelling to attend the Gili Awards ceremony so that I can personally congratulate Nioka and Kym on their great personal achievements” Mr Heilbuth added.

Nioka O’Leary completed a Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology, the Certificate III Community Services and is currently enrolled in the Certificate IV Youth Work will be presented with an Encouragement Award.

Kim Curtis has been employed by TAFE New England since 1991 as a Teacher Consultant – Disabilities (hearing impaired/deaf). Ms Curtis received a cochlear implant last year and is passionate about supporting students who face the same challenges as she does. Ms Curtis is a strong and well respected advocate for Aboriginal people with hearing impairments, throughout the New England and North West region. Ms Curtis will be awarded the Aboriginal Staff Award.

The purpose of the Gili Awards (pronounced “Killi”) is to celebrate and recognise the academic excellence achievements of TAFE NSW Aboriginal students, staff, institutes and programs that have contributed to their communities through vocational education and training.