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Excellence and creativity shine at Gili Awards

16 July 2010

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Jonathon Knight – artwork detail

The annual TAFE NSW Gili Awards were held on 8 July at the Sydney Opera House to recognise the achievements of Aboriginal TAFE students, staff and innovative programs that have contributed to their communities through vocational education and training.

The TAFE NSW Gili Awards is a significant recognition and celebratory event for TAFE NSW Aboriginal students, Aboriginal communities and organisations and the NSW Department of Education and Training.

Each year the Gili Awards ceremony coincides with National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week. This year’s event celebrated 20 years Awards.

Gili is an Eora (Sydney) word which means to shine and fourteen award winners certainly did shine during the award presentation:

Name Award
Nicholas Radoll TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute Achievement Award
Rena Logan TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute Achievement Award
Shane Lyons TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute Achievement Award
Macarlya Waters TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – New England Institute Achievement Award
Calvin Hough TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute Staff Award – Aboriginal
Danny Morton TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute Staff Award – non-Aboriginal
Karen Davies TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute – Bruce Kendall Award
Project Murra TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute TAFE/Schools Partnership Award
Beyond Consulting TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute Community Partnership Award
Indigenous Pre Recruitment ADF TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute Industry Partnership Award
TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute TAFE NSW Gili Awards Institute Award
Juanita Wighton TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – Western Institute Trainee of the Year
Greg Nye TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute Apprentice of the Year
Scott Keft TAFE NSW Gili Awards TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute Academic Excellence
Iris White TAFE NSW Gili Awards – Directors Meritorious Service Award

Over the last two decades, significant progress has been made in increasing Aboriginal participation in vocational education and training, including progress towards correcting previous under-representation and inequitable outcomes.

Vocational education and training, with its inherent focus on providing specific work skills, is one of the most direct and dynamic means of improving social outcomes for Aboriginal people. TAFE NSW provides training and further education to more Aboriginal students than any other training network in Australia. The awards acknowledge and celebrate this achievement.

Aboriginal issues and Aboriginal cultures have grown in status and visibility in TAFE NSW. The Gili Awards has played a critical role in this positive change.

Congratulations to all 2010 Gili Award recipients.

 

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