Canadian student Natalie Robinson recently won the International Student of the Year award at the 2016 WA Training Awards.
While completing a degree in International Development, Natalie developed an interest in health and development that led her to the
Diploma of Enrolled Nursing at
Central Regional TAFE. The knowledge and hands-on skills gained at TAFE will be valuable to her career in this field.
Natalie said she was drawn to the weather and lifestyle of Geraldton where she has lived and worked for three years. She has a desire to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and has learnt how exceptional nursing care can shape a person's experience with the healthcare system, especially end-of-life care.
Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General, Dr Ruth Shean congratulated Natalie on her achievement. "The judges were impressed with Natalie's passion and commitment to the community, which extends to her willingness to share her training journey and mentor other international students to achieve their goals," she said.
2016 is the first year for this award category that recognises the outstanding achievements of international students undertaking a vocational education and training course in Western Australia. Natalie received a $5000 study grant to further her training and kick start her career and is now
an ambassador for the WA training sector.