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March 2016

Secondary Studies Student of the Year

William Geyle (VCAL Diploma of Nursing)
18, Brighton

The Secondary Studies Student of the Year recognises the outstanding achievements of a VCAL or VCE student leading to a nationally recognised qualification. William’s unwavering passion for pursuing a career in Nursing was one of the key reasons he was chosen as the inaugural recipient of this award. William is a shining example of how choosing alternative pathways to secondary school education can lead to highly successful outcomes.

Koorie Student of the Year

Jade Jensen (Certificate IV in Allied Health)
27, Warragul

The Koorie Student of the Year recognises the outstanding achievements of an Aboriginal or Torres Straights Islander student who exhibits the importance of learning for themselves and their community. Currently undertaking his certificate IV traineeship with La Trobe Health, Jade is keen to encourage other indigenous people to pursue study or work within the health sector. Jade has dedicated many hours to working with indigenous communities across the region and is a facilitator with an indigenous youth group in West Gippsland.

Trainee of the Year

Michael Pasin (Certificate IV in Information Technology)
21, Reservoir

The Trainee of the Year award recognises the outstanding learning achievements of student who has completed a traineeship leading to a nationally recognised qualification. Currently undertaking his traineeship with Findon Primary School, Michael has become an integral part of the school community and has demonstrated exceptional analytical and problem solving skills whilst undertaking his Certificate IV in Information Technology.

Apprentice of the Year

Danielle Kazi-Shedden (Certificate III in Shopfitting)
24, Cranbourne

The Apprentice of the Year award recognises the most outstanding trade apprentice in their chosen career field leading to a nationally recognised qualification. Currently in her final year of her shop-fitting apprenticeship, Danielle has come off a highly successful year in 2015 having been named as the Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Apprentice of the Year. Danielle is a passionate advocate for women in trades and is highly respected amongst her peers.


  • Mati Arvik – 24, Bunyip
  • Leighton Noakes – 27, Tyabb
    Plumbing and Water Industry Services
  • Kamonnuch Ramsiri – 34, Carrum Downs
    Hair, Beauty and Wellness
  • Danielle Kazi-Shedden – 24, Cranbourne & Jakob Martin – 20, Mt Eliza
    Construction and Building Industry Services
  • Kathryn Tomazos – 25, Cranbourne
    Automotive and Supply Chain Management

International Student of the Year

Jamna Devasurenda (Diploma of Beauty Therapy)
37, Endeavour Hills, and

Arturo Ramos (Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health))
28, Box Hill

The International Student of the Year award celebrates the outstanding learning achievements of an international student and their engagement in the international student community.

Jamna Devasurenda (Diploma of Beauty Therapy) Jamna’s passion for her industry is second to none. Hailing from her native Sri Lanka, Jamna enrolled in the Diploma of Beauty Therapy with Chisholm and is driven to become a leading professional in her field.

Arturo Ramos (Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol,Other Drugs and Mental Health) Arturo Ramos was born and raised in the Philippines where he studied and became qualified as a Nurse. Finding that Nursing was not fulfilling his potential, Arturo made a decision to explore further education in particular in relation to mental health and addictions. Arturo was recently offered employment with Bupa at one of their aged care facilities and works closely with residents with co- morbidity presentations, complex alcohol and drug issues and other mental health issues.

Vocational Student of the Year

Nicholas Swinton (Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management)
26, Langwarrin

The Vocational Student of the Year recognises the outstanding achievement of a vocational student in their chosen career field leading to a nationally recognised qualification.

Nicholas’ passion for conservation was passed down to him by his grandfather. Following his years of service with the Australian Army, Nicholas travelled to Africa where he spent time working with conservation and anti-poaching groups, training rangers in the field. It is this passion which saw him return to Australia and enrol in the Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management at Chisholm’s Mornington Peninsula Campus. Nicholas is a stand-out student and a worthy recipient of this year’s Vocational Student of the Year.


  • Rodney Renzella – 47, Frankston
    Business Services
  • Hannah Spratt – 19, Sandhurst
    Early Childhood/Community Services
  • Bianca Dyer – 27, Devon Meadows
    Health and Community Care
  • Kane Shine – 20, Somerville
    Interactive Media and Arts
  • Kylie Bourke – 33, Langwarrin
    Hair Beauty and Wellness
  • Jamie Marshall – 21, Bentleigh East
    Engineering, Electrotechnology & Telecommunications
  • Sam Moriarty – 25, Frankston North
    Information Technology & Computer Systems
  • Jamie Stuart – 39, Flinders
    Construction & Building Industry Services
  • Amanda Cormick – 31, Pakenham
    Foundation College
  • Nicholas Swinton – 26, Langwarrin
  • Daniel Cox – 25, Emerald
    Hospitality and Tourism
  • Ellie Hollway – 17, Rosebud
    VET in Schools
  • Richard Phillips – 39, Boronia
    Professional Teaching

Higher Education Student of the Year

Rachel Crowter (Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs)
44, Mt Martha,and

Sylvester Perera (Bachelor of Engineering Technology)
26, Box Hill

The Higher Education Student of the Year award celebrates the outstanding achievement of a student who has
graduated with a nationally recognised degree qualification.

Great personal tragedy was a key motivating factor behind Rachel Crowter choosing to pursue study and employment in the field of community mental health. Rachel’s strong desire to play an active part in providing a high quality service to people who seek support in their recovery from addiction/substance abuse had led her to enrolling in Chisholm’s Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alochol and Other Drugs. Rachel is an outstanding student who has excelled in her field and has since gone on to professional work with Peninsula Health in their Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Drug and Alcohol Program. Please congratulate Rachel on her fine achievements this evening.

Sylvester is a high-achieving student within Chisholm’s Bachelor of Engineering Technology, having excelled across all disciplines within engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies. Sylvester recently represented Chisholm on Jon Faine’s morning program, discussing the future of manufacturing and opportunities for embracing advanced technologies. Sylvester is a passionate, bright and highly capable student and a worthy recipient of this year’s Higher Education Award.

VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year

Steven Cahill (Information Technology and Computer Systems)

Ian Malcolm (Construction Building Industry Services), and

Vera Pyne (Hospitality and Tourism)

The VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year recognises excellence and leadership in teaching by a VET teacher or Trainer delivering nationally recognised training.

As the newly appointed Senior Educator for his discipline, Steven has led the IT and Computer Systems area with great professionalism during the recent and ongoing Educational Management program which has proactively met all compliance obligations.  Under Steven’s educational leadership, Chisholm’s IT and Computer Systems area has a strong, sustainable and bright future ahead. Please congratulate Steven on being recognized as one the first of Chisholm’s 2016 Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award recipients.

Ian is one of Chisholm’s most passionate educators.  He has trained and mentored many of Chisholm’s award winning apprentices and has played an integral role in many community-based projects and initiatives, including the Roar and Snore project with the Royal Melbourne Zoo, and the redevelopment of the Frankston Football Club. Ian’s close working relationship with businesses has allowed him to incorporate a strong pedagogical methodology that combines modern industry practices for VET education.

Vera is one of Chisholm’s standout educators and consistently produces very high student satisfaction and completion rates within the tourism and hospitality area.

Vera recently took a lead role in Chisholm VET mobility program within the teaching area, working closely with broader team to ensure the program aligns with student needs and future opportunities for growth, with students travelling to Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam in 2015… with another trip planned for Sri-Lanka later in the year. Vera is a respected member of the Chisholm community. One that upholds the Institute’s values in all things that she does and is a worthy recipient of this Award.

Industry Partnerships

Chisholm values its many industry partners across education and training development and educational program support. Tonight is an opportunity to acknowledge some of these key partnerships that have contributed to the workforce needs and economic development of the region, while providing opportunities for students and graduates of Chisholm.


Iveco engaged Chisholm to deliver Certificate III level qualifications in Fabrication, Automotive, Panel and Paint.  A key driver for Iveco is ensuring their workforce remains highly skilled in the latest technologies and techniques for their respective disciplines.  Chisholm’s Engineering and Automotive departments have worked in close partnership with Iveco to design and deliver flexible programs that support the cross-skilling of staff from various business areas, increasing overall production quality and efficiency.  The programs are delivered 100 per cent in the workplace.  


Chisholm currently delivers the Certificate III and IV in Engineering to VISY Industries in the workplace. Chisholm contextualises the training to the site and provides projects that focus on the type of machinery utilised. With the growth of work that has come as a result of the partnership, Chisholm’s has managed to meet demands by managing recruitment needs, enabling Visy’s employees to receive the support they require By building close relationships with members of Visy’s management team and providing the right support, Chisholm has formed the foundations of a genuine partnership and is set to ensure the programs and participants at each site thrive.

Hilton Manufacturing

The partnership between Chisholm and Hilton involves ‘hands-on’ practical skills-gap training delivery in welding and fabrication.

Through the partnership, Chisholm has implemented a dedicated onsite training coordinator at the Hilton Manufacturing facility.  The program has as its central aim meeting the client outcomes including empowering individuals to take greater responsibility for their job roles, improved quality and reduction in rework, identifying potential leaders for development, increasing welding skills across the business to foster job rotation and reinforcing Hilton values throughout the program.

Peninsula Health

Chisholm and Peninsula Health have enjoyed a long-standing relationship.

Being one of the largest providers of healthcare within Chisholm’s region, Peninsula Health has been continuously supporting the Institute in providing professional experience placements for many students across the many qualifications within Health and Community Care, including Enrolled Nursing; Patient Services Assistance; Sterilisation services and Theatre Technicians.

Students comment positively on how their learning needs are met and the great support they receive from the teams at Peninsula Health whilst on placement. In addition, graduates from Health and Community Care have been successful in obtaining employment by Peninsula Health and are acknowledged as being competent healthcare team members.