The TAFE NSW Gili Awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of Aboriginal TAFE NSW students, staff and programs that make a positive contribution to Aboriginal communities through training and education. Gili (pronounced Kili) is an Eora Sydney word meaning “to shine”.
Twenty-two years on and still shining brighter, these awards recognise exceptional talent and this year four TAFE NSW Institutes, two teachers and 12 students received 2012 Gili Awards at a gala dinner and ceremony held in Sydney.
“The Gili Awards showcase the outstanding work of students and staff in TAFE Institutes across NSW and emphasises the strong partnerships forged between schools, communities and industry which play a huge part in transforming the lives of Aboriginal students of all ages,” said Michele Hall, Director, Aboriginal Education and Training.
The awards emphasise the significant role of TAFE NSW within Aboriginal communities in influencing the lives of many people.
Hailing from all over the state, the award winners represent the passion and pride of their respective towns, educational campuses and communities. They each have walked a different path yet their pride in themselves and their communities unites them.
Congratulations to all 2012 Gili Award recipients.
|Proud 2012 Gili Award Winners with (from left) Pam Christie – Deputy Director-General TAFE and Community Education, Michele Bruniges – Director General and Managing Director TAFE NSW and Greg Prior, Deputy Director-General Schools
Photo: Amanda James
|Name||Institute||Gili Award Category|
|TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute||TAFE & School Partnership Award|
|TAFE NSW – New England Institute||Community Partnership Award|
|TAFE NSW – Riverina Institute||Industry Partnership Award|
|TAFE NSW – Western Institute||Institute Award|
|Lillian Gordon||TAFE NSW Hunter Institute||Aboriginal Staff Award|
|Toneya Flanagan||TAFE NSW Western Institute||Achievement Award|
|William Carney||TAFE NSW Hunter Institute||Achievement Award|
|Kaven Lewis||TAFE NSW Riverina Institute||Achievement Award|
|Alice Hutchin||TAFE NSW Western Institute||Encouragement Award|
|Peter Altona||TAFE NSW New England Institute||Encouragement Award|
|Jamie Woods||TAFE NSW Riverina Institute||Encouragement Award|
|Barry Rutley||TAFE NSW Sydney Institute||Encouragement Award|
|Jason Darney||TAFE NSW Hunter Institute||Bruce Kendall Award|
|Samantha Hanley||TAFE NSW Western Institute||Award for Academic Excellence|
|Maddison Smith-Garbutt||TAFE NSW North Coast Institute||TVET Award (TAFE delivered vocational education and training)|
|Megan Smith||TAFE NSW Western Institute||Trainee of the Year Award|
|Martin Gordon||TAFE NSW New England Institute||Apprentice of the Year|
|Mark Primmer||TAFE NSW Hunter Institute||Non-Aboriginal Staff Award|