TAFE NSW Gili Awards winner Jeffery Amatto
TAFE NSW Campbelltown student Jeffery Amatto was recognised for his achievements at the 2019 TAFE NSW Gili Awards in Ultimo last night.
Attended by The Hon. Dr Geoffrey Lee, Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, the 2019 TAFE NSW Gili (pronounced kill-ee) Awards celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal students, as well as the accomplishments of TAFE NSW employees and innovative programs that have empowered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout 2018.
Jeffery Amatto who was awarded an Achievement Award, said, “I feel very blessed and grateful to receive this award, especially as the longest period I spent at school was to year 8, and now I’m receiving a Gili Award, it truly is a blessing.
“I live a life today that I dreamt of in an addiction. I have used my past experiences to travel around Australia to conduct my drug and mental health workshops, in the last two years I have travelled over 65,000km. As Aboriginal people, we’re spiritually connected to this country, we need culture to heal, we can’t heal in gaol.“
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Michael Cullen, congratulated the winners for their hard work, dedication and commitment to transforming their lives through vocational education and training outcomes for Aboriginal people.
“Last night’s celebration marked the 29th year that the TAFE NSW Gili Awards have recognised the power of vocational education and training, and the life changing pathways to employment or further study for Aboriginal people.
“Gili is an Eora word meaning ‘to shine’ and is fitting for Jeffrey whose achievements I am extremely proud to acknowledge.
“Jeffery has demonstrated remarkable talent, ambition and determination through his studies at TAFE NSW and commitment to his local community,” said Michael Cullen.
The 15 awards were presented in 12 categories at the event. The full list of award winners are:
TAFE NSW study and home location
The Gili Award
TAFE NSW Dubbo
TAFE NSW Mudgee
TAFE NSW Eora
TAFE Digital / Surfside
TAFE NSW Campbelltown
Award for Academic Excellence
TAFE Digital/ Buderim QLD
Apprentice of the Year Award
TAFE NSW Grafton
TVET Award (Schools)
TAFE NSW Bathurst
Non-Aboriginal Staff Award
Aboriginal Staff Award
Natalie Wilcock & Rebecca Murphy
Bruce Kendall Award
Industry Partnership Award
NECA emPOWER Aboriginal Apprentice Readiness Program
Youth Engagement Award
Community Engagement Award
TAFE NSW Tumut
Media contact: Emma Cawley, TAFE NSW Media and Communications Business Partner, mobile 0412 478 415