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TAFE NSW Gili Awards

2019 marks the 29th year of the TAFE NSW Gili Awards.

Gili (pronounced 'kill-ee') is an Eora word meaning ‘to shine’ and is a very apt name for these awards, as the recipients are a shining example of excellence in Aboriginal education and training in TAFE NSW. Selected from across the State, the nominees highlight and celebrate TAFE NSW Aboriginal student achievements, as well as the innovative programs and dedication of TAFE NSW staff members that help empower Aboriginal people and communities every day.

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Congratulations to all 2019 Gili Award Recipients

Norma Binge

Award for Academic Excellence
Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Norma is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Gomeroi Nation who commenced her studies in the Certificate III in Dental Assisting with TAFE Digital in 2014, having just started working with the POCHE Centre for Indigenous Health on the Central Tablelands Dental Program. Her dedication to study resulted in her completing the Certificate III and the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting within six months (18 months ahead of schedule).

Progressing to a supervisor role, Norma was instrumental in the setup of dental surgeries, and visits by specialists to the Boggabilla, Toomelah, Mungadai, Tingha and Moree areas.

Now working in Queensland as an Indigenous Child Health Worker for the NCACCH, Norma continues to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People by delivering the Ear Health Screening Program. She also runs a ‘mums and bubs’ playgroup, a nutrition program for parents/carers, and a school readiness program.

Norma continues to show her commitment by completing the Certificate IV in Aboriginal Health and the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography) in 2018.

Juanella McKenzie

Achievement Award
Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

Juanella is a strong and proud Adnyamathanha and Luritja woman, with a passion to improve the lives of Aboriginal people within her community.

As well as being a mother, a wife, and a leader within her community, Juanella is also a successful student who has recently completed multiple Certificates in Business and Arts. Juanella wants to use her successes to show her community that all young women can improve their own lives.

Away from her studies, Juanella is a dedicated wife to her husband Michael and a loving mother to her three children. At TAFE NSW, she applies a similarly strong commitment and devotion to being a contentious and productive student.

By successfully implementing the concepts, procedures and strategies she learned in her TAFE NSW classes, Juanella was able to see the knowledge gained from her studies, start to pay off in her own business.

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Chenoa Endacott
Encouragement Award

Kalem Mclean
Encouragement Award

Jeffery Amatto
Achievement Award

Juanella McKenzie
Achievement Award

Stephanie Morris
Achievement Award

Kirsten Fitzpatrick
TVET Award (Schools)

Bridget Thomas
Non-Aboriginal Staff Award

Natalie Wilcock and Rebecca Murphy
Aboriginal Staff Award

Elsie Gordon
Bruce Kendall Award for Recognition of Service to TAFE NSW

NECA emPOWER Indigenous Apprenticeship Readiness Program
Youth Engagement and Industry Partnership Awards

Wiradjuri Language
Community Engagement Award

Steven Green
Apprentice of the Year

Norma Binge
Award for Academic Excellence

Ashleigh Knight
The Gili Award Winner

Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
The Gili Award Finalist