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TAFE NSW Gili Awards

2022 marks the 32nd year of the TAFE NSW Gili Awards.

Gili (pronounced 'kill-ee') is an Eora word meaning ‘to shine’. It is a very apt name for these awards, as the recipients are a shining example of excellence in Aboriginal education and training within TAFE NSW. Selected from across the state, the award recipients below 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.

2022 Gili Awards

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Industry Partnership Award
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Employee of the Year Award
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Student of the Year Award
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Gili Awards 2022 - Winners

Congratulations to all 2022 Gili Award Recipients

Kade King

Gili 2022 Agribusiness Student of the Year
Gili 2022 Young Achiever Award Winner

Kade is a proud Waanyi, Pitta Pitta and Wangkamahdla man. He has been working towards his goal of becoming a veterinarian since Year 9.

Kade is a committed student and an intuitive leader. He has a natural affinity for working with animals, and their keen sense of empathy towards the people and animals under their care sets them apart.

Kade performed exceptionally as a mentor to agricultural students from Ulladulla High School, guiding them with patience and empathy as he shared his knowledge and experience.

Due to Kade’s exceptional qualities, the Australian Parents Council and the Federal Government’s new National Careers Institute approached Kade to produce a short film. The film highlighted their achievements as a means to promote the TAFE-delivered vocational education and training program to other high school students nationwide.


Megan Considine

Gili 2022 Career Pathways, Aboriginal Languages and Employability Skills Student of the Year
Trish Espie-Whitburn accepted the award for Megan Considine as shown in the photo.

Megan completed the Certificate III in Vocational and Study Pathways, overcoming many obstacles to do so. She was awarded the IPROWD Gibbs Award, which recognises students who excelled in their studies while showing personal growth and leadership.

A proud Wiradjuri woman and mother of two, Megan is determined to lead by example to inspire her children and her community.


Corina Latimore

Gili 2022 Creative and Design Ideation Student of the Year

Corina is an exemplary student, in both their commitment and enthusiasm toward studies and in their creativity and knowledge of cultural arts.

Corina is an emerging leader in the community and is committed to supporting local Aboriginal artists. She manages a Facebook platform that showcases and sells local art.

Corina’s work has been selected for TAFE NSW Reconciliation Action Plan artwork competition and the Wakulda Artwalk Light Show.


Ashley Voll

Gili 2022 Health, Wellbeing and Community Services Student of the Year

Ash is a proud Worimi man, whose strength and quiet determination has stood him in good stead as he pursues his Diploma of Community Services.

During Ash’s work placement with the Department of Communities and Justice, they stood out as an empathetic, understanding, and respectful worker.


Dennis Gordon

Gili 2022 Infrastructure, Energy and Construction Student of the Year

As a proud Aboriginal man and father, Dennis brings perspective and compassion to his work.

Dennis enrolled in the Certificate III in Carpentry in 2018 and then returned to complete a Certificate IV in Building and Construction.

Dennis always maintains an optimistic outlook and pours his energy into his work, family and community.


Ruby Peterlin

Gili 2022 Supply Chain and eCommerce Student of the Year

Ruby is a diligent student who demonstrates maturity and confidence in their approach to their studies. Ruby has balanced a traineeship with the Port Kembla Port Authority while completing a Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal).

Ruby is always keen to support other women and First Nations people in her industry, which makes her an outstanding role model.


Anna Gannon

Gili 2022 Technology and Business Services Student of the Year

Anna Gannon, a Wiradjuri woman completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment so she could use her experience and qualifications to teach and train others.

Noticing a lack of First Nations teachers and trainers during her own studies, Anna decided to become a teacher. Anna is a strong believer in the importance of building good connections between teachers and students so that students succeed in their learning journey.


Teagan Davey

Gili 2022 Tourism and Experience Services Student of the Year

Teagan’s leadership skills and confidence has developed through their pursuit of a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery. Her commitment to studies while balancing carer’s responsibilities and personal circumstances is a testament to Teagan determination.

Teagan has worked hard to build her future and is an outstanding role model to her peers and the First Nations community.


Jessica Russell

Gili 2022 Trainee or Apprentice of the Year

Jessica knew from a young age that they wanted to work in allied health. Following their own experiences with the healthcare system, they decided to take on a traineeship with the Spinal and Rehabilitation Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital in 2020. Jessica also studied for a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy).

At just 18, Jessica is already working part time as an Allied Health Assistant and studying to become a fully qualified Occupational Therapist at the Australian Catholic University.

Jennifer Skinner

Gili 2022 Higher Education Student of the Year
Gili 2022 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year winner for TAFE NSW

A proud Darkinjung woman, Jennifer’s commitment to her studies is driven by her desire to build and strengthen her community.

Jennifer completed the Bachelor of Community Services last year, following a long career in community work and social justice advocacy.

Jennifer is a wonderful ambassador and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her work over the last 20 years has contributed to her local community in a myriad of ways.


Aunty Fay Carroll Program

Gili 2022 Industry Partnership Award

This program honours the legacy of a proud Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri woman from Griffith, NSW. Aunty Fay Carroll was a valued Elder within the community and at St. Vincent’s Health Network Sydney.

The Aunty Fay Carroll Program provides educational and culturally appropriate support to students studying a variety of health-related courses. The program is in its third year and still growing and has been a huge success that highlights the importance of similar schemes.


Tharawal Elders Floristry

Gilli 2022 Community Partnership Award Winner

This community partnership was formed when a group of Tharawal Elders expressed their interest in advancing their individual practices into a small business. They’ve given back to the community through their work, which upholds local culture while providing services at an affordable rate to the community.

Tharawal Elders create beautiful floral arrangements using native flora from Dharug and Dharawal country, promoting cultural pride and unity through sustainable business practices.


TAFE NSW and Kimberwalli Muru YES Program

Gili 2022 Youth Engagement Award

This program provides educational pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to explore different vocational opportunities, enabling them to make informed and empowered decisions about future study.

As a result of the successful partnership between TAFE NSW and the Muru YES Program, more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have been able to amplify their voices and take control of their learning.

The program is to be commended for its incredible and empowering work.


Jason Darney

Gili 2022 Aboriginal Employee of the Year

Jason a Wiradjuri man leads by example – by living the TAFE NSW values – and by the support he has from his community. Jason believes everyone deserves an opportunity.

Jason has spent many years with TAFE in many different roles. But in every one of them, their focus has always been on mentoring and empowering their team to better support other workers at TAFE. This person inspires people simply by seeing and believing in the best in them.


WUURRA Project Team

Gili 2022 Aboriginal Team of the Year

This is a team of truly passionate and outstanding individuals, including Leanne Pope, Gwanji Monks, Aunty Kate Croll and Gabby Dinallo.

This incredible team which supports the program that provides online pathways to community knowledge and resources. WUURRA project team enables teachers to educate virtually while still supporting and honouring cultural values.


Joy Sharpe

Gili 2022 Non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee of the Year

Joy’s most notable work in helping develop positive working relationships for First Nations people includes work with the South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council and the Nowra Youth Centre.

Joy has made a profound contribution to improving educational and training outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Nowra, Ulladulla and wider Shoalhaven region.


Leanne Foster

Gili 2022 Bruce Kendall Award for Recognition of Service to TAFE NSW

Leanne has held various positions within TAFE, including teacher, project officer, Aboriginal Coordinator and Education Administration Support.

Leanne helped develop a culture of inclusivity at TAFE, something that has become a hallmark of all the programs and activities they’re involved in. Their work has touched the lives of many, and this award is a fitting tribute to their impact.

Leanne has been extremely effective in helping to progress Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal vocational education and training by building collaboration and resilience within teams.

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Kade King
Gili 2022 Agribusiness Student of the Year
Gili 2022 Young Achiever Award Winner

Megan Considine
Gili 2022 Career Pathways, Aboriginal Languages and Employability Skills Student of the Year

Corina Latimore
Gili 2022 Creative and Design Ideation Student of the Year

Ashley Voll
Gili 2022 Health, Wellbeing and Community Services Student of the Year

Dennis Gordon
Gili 2022 Infrastructure, Energy and Construction Student of the Year

Ruby Peterlin
Gili 2022 Supply Chain and eCommerce Student of the Year

Anna Gannon
Gili 2022 Technology and Business Services Student of the Year

Teagan Davey
Gili 2022 Tourism and Experience Services Student of the Year

Jessica Russell
Gili 2022 Trainee or Apprentice of the Year

Jennifer Skinner
Gili 2022 Higher Education Student of the Year
Gili 2022 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year winner for TAFE NSW

Aunty Fay Carroll Program
Gili 2022 Industry Partnership Award

Tharawal Elders Floristry
Gilli 2022 Community Partnership Award Winner

TAFE NSW and Kimberwalli Muru YES Program
Gili 2022 Youth Engagement Award

Jason Darney
Gili 2022 Aboriginal Employee of the Year

WUURRA Project Team
Gili 2022 Aboriginal Team of the Year

Joy Sharpe
Gili 2022 Non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee of the Year

Leanne Foster
Gili 2022 Bruce Kendall Award for Recognition of Service to TAFE NSW