Cream of our crop for 2020

Dannii MacIntyre of Collie took out the title of Overall South Regional TAFE Student of the Year in the college’s recent annual awards.

Dannii, who studied for the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), won the title from more than 10,000 students taking courses at the college’s 12 campuses throughout the South West and Great Southern last year.

Her passion for working with people with disability was evident throughout Dannii’s training. She displayed professionalism and presented work of a high academic level, and her work placement impressed her employers, who offered her a position on qualifying.

Her lecturer’s nomination said Dannii showed great compassion and empathy, and she would be a valuable asset in the community services sector.

Dannii also took out the titles of South West Student of the Year, and Collie Campus Student of the Year, the latter sponsored by the Collie Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Read Dannii's story here.

Other Overall South Regional TAFE award winners were:

  • Apprentice of the Year – Dylan Rader (Bunbury)
  • Vocational Student of the Year – Joint winners Kyron Nunn (Bunbury) and Meg Maroni (Albany)
  • Aboriginal Student of the Year – Eden Coyne (Albany)
  • Trainee of the Year – Theodosia Gordon (Katanning)

South Regional TAFE Managing Director Darshi Ganeson paid tribute to the award nominees and winners for their hard work, dedication and application.

She acknowledged the support of their families and friends and recognised the contribution of the lecturers, who nurtured the students and encouraged them to achieve their best.

Ms Ganeson also made special mention of the many generous award sponsors, including local industries, businesses and individuals, and thanked them for their ongoing support for students through funding prizes and scholarships.

“Congratulations to all last year’s students,” Ms Ganeson said.

“I wish them a happy, productive and rewarding future.”

Bunbury campus

Trades and Paraprofessionals Student of the Year

John Warren – Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Fitter and Machinist)

Construction, Trades and Service Industries Student of the Year

Rhanni Stobbie – Certificate III in Tourism

Commerce and Environmental Sciences Student of the Year

Seth Carlisle – Certificate III in Laboratory Skills and Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Health Student of the Year

Janis Unkovich – Certificate IV in Education Support

Pre-Apprentice of the Year

Mark Peters – Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway – Trades) (Carpentry and Joinery Pre-Apprentice)

Access and Participation Award

Cassandra Mancell – Certificate I in New Opportunities for Women

Culturally Diverse Training Award

Nang Noon – Certificate III in Spoken and Written English

Service Industries Apprentice of the Year

Megan Faulkner – Certificate III in Hairdressing

Automotive Apprentice of the Year

Brodie Dunn – Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Licensed Trade Apprentice of the Year

Shannon Norris – Certificate III in Plumbing

Engineering Apprentice of the Year

John Warren – Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Fitter and Machinist)

Construction Apprentice of the Year

Dylan Rader – Certificate III in Cabinet Making

South West Major Awards

Apprentice of the Year

Dylan Rader – Certificate III in Cabinet Making

Trainee of the Year

Tenille Palfrey – Certificate III in Business Administration

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Robert Jones – Certificates III and IV in Education Support

Vocational Student of the Year

Kyron Nunn – Diploma of Information Technology Networking

Women in Non-Traditional Trades

Dee-Ann Burns – Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (Heavy Vehicle Servicing Pre-Apprenticeship)

Busselton campus

Student of the Year

Emma Meakes – Certificate IV in New Small Business

Collie campus

Student of the Year

Dannii MacIntyre – Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Harvey campus

Student of the Year

Nicole Feltham – Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) and Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Manjimup campus

Student of the Year

Sean Cleverly – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Margaret River campus

Student of the Year

Leslie Lam – Diploma of Hospitality Management

Albany campus

Construction Training Fund Awards

Best Carpentry and Joinery Apprentice

Luka Underwood – Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery

Best Electrotechnology Apprentice

Adam Offin – Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Best Plumbing Apprentice

Harrison Smith – Certificate III in Plumbing

Best Building and Construction Pre-Apprentice

Eugene Sokolowski – Certificate II in Building and Construction

Best Electrotechnology Pre-Apprentice

Kane Orr – Certificate II in Electrotechnology

Best Plumbing Pre-Apprentice

Jacob Chrimes – Certificate II in Plumbing

Great Southern Major Awards

Community, Health and Education Portfolio Student of the Year

Judith Jones – Certificate II in General Education for Adults

Trades, Commerce and Environmental Sciences Portfolio Student of the Year

Lance Basa – Certificate IV in Information Technology

Trainee of the Year Great Southern

Theodosia Gordon – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Katanning campus)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Great Southern

Eden Coyne

Female Student of the Year Great Southern

Chelsi Mier – Diploma of Community Services

Apprentice of the Year Great Southern

Angus Thomas – Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Vocational Student of the Year Great Southern

Meg Maroni

Denmark and Mount Barker campuses

Student of the Year

Truc Taylor – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) (Mount Barker campus)

Esperance campus

Student of the Year

Brittany Zanker – Certificate III in Beauty Services

Construction Training Fund Award

Best Carpentry and Joinery Apprentice

Taaryn Tedge-West – Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery

Katanning campus

Student of the Year

Theodosia Gordon – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Narrogin campus

Student of the Year

Robyn Crabbe – Diploma of Nursing

Thank you to the sponsors of our 2020 awards, your support for our students is invaluable.

South West region sponsors are:

Piacentini and Son

Rotary Club of Bunbury

Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation

Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Central Garage

Collie Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Construction Training Fund

Enable WA

Don Punch MLA, Member for Bunbury

Hon. Adele Farina MLC, Member for South West Region

Hon. Nola Marino, Federal Member for Forrest

Libby Mettam MLA, Member for Vasse

Manjimup Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Margaret River Lions Club

Perkins Builders

PrintSync Business Solutions

RCR Mining Technologies

Snippets of Colour

South 32

Synergy

South West Aboriginal Medical Service

Talison Lithium

Zonta Club of Bunbury Inc.

Thank you to the sponsors of our 2020 awards, your support for our students is invaluable.

Great Southern region sponsors are:

ABA Security and electrical

Advantage Partners

Albany Advertiser

Albany Bitumen Spraying

Albany City Motors

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station

Albany Indoor Plant Hire

Albany Signs

Apex Club of Albany

Bailey’s Albany Gutter Clean

Berg Contracting Services

Castlehow Electrical Services

Construction Training Fund

Fletcher International WA

Great Southern Development Commission

Great Southern Pest and Weed Control

H+H Architects

James and Ellis Accountants

Motel Le Grande

Narrogin Chamber of Commerce

Orana Cinemas

RA and CM Whyte Plumbing

Rainbow Child Care Centre

Regional Development Australia Great Southern WA

Rick Wilson MP

Shire of Katanning

SM Doyle

Soroptimist International of Albany Inc

Southcoast Security Service

Steve Shann Painting Contractor

The Surgery