Local student national finalist in Training Awards

Stephanie_Dalton02Stephanie Dalton on stage, third from left, in the national finals
Stephanie_Dalton01Stephanie Dalton, front right, is pictured with family and representatives from GippsTAFE with her finalists award

Local student Stephanie Dalton has graced the stage in Brisbane as a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.  

Ms Dalton, a Latrobe Valley mother of two and GippsTAFE graduate, was representing Victoria in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award.  

Ms Dalton was delighted to make it to the national finals after being named GippsTAFE Outstanding Koorie Student in 2010 and Victorian Koorie Student of the Year, at the Victorian Training Awards earlier this year.

“Being a finalist in a national award is not something that happens every day, and it shows that if you work hard, you can achieve something great like this,” Ms Dalton said after the awards.

According to GippsTAFE Chief Executive Dr Peter Whitley, the State award and place in the national finals was reward for “Stephanie’s persistence, dedication and a desire to learn.”  

“Stephanie is an admirable finalist, a young mother whose commitment to learning requires her to manage being a mum along with extensive study and attendance at GippsTAFE. This would be challenging for many, but Stephanie revelled in these challenges to not only study but to excel at that study,” Dr Whitley said.  

Stephanie Dalton is a Gunai woman. A mother to two young children and caregiver to her one year old niece, Stephanie’s interest in her children’s developmental stages has been the inspiration for a career in childcare.

Stephanie enrolled in the Diploma of Children’s Services at GippsTAFE, hoping that the knowledge gained would not only improve her parenting but also be something she could pass on to help other young Koorie mothers to assist in their children’s development.  

Now enrolled in a Bachelor in Early Childhood at Deakin University Stephanie plans to use her skills to ensure that Koorie children’s behaviours and cultural ways are understood and supported.