TAFE Illawarra's Gili Award winners

TAFE Illawarra's Gili Award winners

Picture: Gili Award winners Samantha D'Elboux and Kristen Hartford.

Two TAFE Illawarra students have proven they are among the state’s top Aboriginal students after receiving TAFE NSW Gili Awards.

TAFE Illawarra’s Samantha D’Elboux received the Encouragement Award and Kristen Hartford took home an Achievement Award from the prestigious awards ceremony held in Sydney recently.

Each year TAFE NSW’s Gili Awards acknowledge the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal students; the contribution and dedication of TAFE NSW staff, and the outcomes of TAFE NSW engagement with industry, schools and Aboriginal communities.

Encouragement Award winner, Samantha D’Elboux, is on a winning streak, having recently been named Trainee of the Year at TAFE Illawarra’s Annual Awards. She received the top honour thanks to her success in the Certificate II in Water Operations at TAFE Illawarra Wollongong.

Completing her traineeship with Shoalhaven City Council, Samantha has been earmarked as a female pioneer in her sector as a water operator.

TAFE Illawarra Relieving Institute Director, Belinda Mackinnon, says: “Samantha demonstrated outstanding academic, technical and physical capabilities in what is considered a traditionally male-dominated field.

“She is also a role model in her local Shoalhaven community, where she volunteers her time as student mentor at Shoalhaven High School, so she is truly worthy winner.”

Samantha is now continuing her studies with the Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment.

Achievement Award winner, Kristen Hartford, studied Certificate III in Educational Services at TAFE Illawarra Nowra. She was chosen for the award thanks to her excellence in attendance and participation, academic achievements, consistency of effort, and her positive attitude to furthering her education and securing employment.

“Congratulations to both of our TAFE Illawarra winners – you are outstanding role models,” says Ms Mackinnon.

Minister for Skills the Hon. John Barilaro also congratulated the winners as shining examples of the reward that comes from hard work and dedication.

“Gili is an Eora word meaning “to shine” and that’s what these students and staff have achieved.

”This is the 26th year of the Awards and every year we see outstanding results and the students’ achievements are fine examples of the power of education,” Minister Barilaro.