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Deadlys Nominees 2011: Outstanding Achievement in Education

Barbara Tapsell – Aboriginal & Islander Education Worker, Darwin High School NT

Barbara Tapsell is an inspirational Larrakia and Tiwi woman who has worked tirelessly to empower Aboriginal people through education programs and support for almost 20 years.

Barbara is an Aboriginal Education Worker at Darwin High School as well as a Director of the Larrakia Development Corporation and the Chair of the Corporation’s Employment and Training and Advisory Committees.

Barbara has shaped the future of students through her contribution to education in the Northern Territory where she continues to strive to create opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Abergowrie College – QLD

Abergowrie College is an all-boys Catholic Boarding School located in the Herbert River Valley, west of Ingham. The largest Indigenous boys’ boarding school in Australia, it has an enrolment of 200 boys from 42 communities, encompassing the Torres Strait Islands, Cape York, Gulf, NPA and PNG, west to Mt Isa, south to Brisbane, Palm Island and Hinchinbrook area.

Education does not stop in the classroom, because Abergowrie believes in a holistic education where boys are educated in Residential Assemblies on everything from health to nutrition, but they have fun while fulfilling their obligation to learning and “Closing the Gap”.

Daniel Fusi – Menindee Central School -Western NSW

Menindee Central School educator Daniel Fusi has been described as an inspirational role model for young Aboriginal people in his community.Daniel has made a significant contribution to improve the educational outcomes for Aboriginal students at the school by gaining support of the local community in developing appropriate and successful programs. These programs are aimed at encouraging the students to take on traineeships and also involve the Aboriginal Elders in the learning process. Daniel is also involved in a wide range of community activities.

The Deadly Ute Project – through Wimmera Hub, Horsham VIC

The Deadly Ute Project was aimed at Koori boys and girls aged 14 to 19 – helping to develop practical skills while modifying and decorating a ute. The young people who completed the program received a range of qualifications, from Certificate II in Automotive and Certificate II in Creative Media, to Certificate II in Visual Arts and Certificate III in Business. They also received a broad range of skills that will open up further study options or employment pathways. In addition they gained skills in multimedia production, communication, publicity and business.

Charline Emzin-Boyd, Aboriginal Education Coordinator, NSW Teachers Federation- NSW

Charline is the NSW Teachers Federation Aboriginal Education Coordinator who works tirelessly in the promotion and support of Aboriginal teachers throughout the Federation (Teachers Union).

She is a Bunjalung woman who has statewide responsibilities for Aboriginal education. Negotiating at state, regional and local levels on issues relevant to Aboriginal Education is an invaluable strength she brings to the position. Dealing with individual teachers, as well as providing a voice for NSW Aboriginal leaders as a whole within the sector, Charline has increased membership of Aboriginal members of the Union through many campaigns.

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