Chisholm honours students and industry partners at Awards night

March 2016 

Broad smiles where in abundance for 29 award recipients at Chisholm’s annual Education Awards held on Thursday 17 March, 2016 at the Plaza Ballroom, Collins Street, Melbourne.

The gala dinner celebrates and recognises outstanding students and staff from right across Chisholm’s broad and diverse portfolio of courses and programs including Foundation and Secondary Studies, Apprentices and Trainees, Certificates and Diplomas right through to Degrees, and this year’s event was no exception.

Among the students and industry partners, Chisholm was also thrilled to have the The Honourable Steven Herbert MP, Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for International Education, and Paul Edbrooke, State Member for Frankston in attendance.

The night commenced with entertainment from Australian Opera singer and composer David Hobson and comedian Colin Lane, who also fulfilled comedic MC duties throughout the night.

‘These awards are about success. For students, it’s about success in your studies. For teachers it’s about success in your role as passionate educators. We are all proud to be sharing this success with you this evening’ said Maria Peters,CEO of Chisholm.

‘Our students are the lifeblood of Chisholm and this event is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate their wonderful achievements. You are why we exist, to inspire success and to transform lives, and, this night is for you. An opportunity for you to reflect on your wonderful achievements, representing the culmination of a lot of dedication, talent, perseverance and hard work’.

The food and atmosphere was exceptional, and in an amazing coincidence Plaza Ballroom pastry chef was Stephane Fanny – ex Chisholm Hospitality student, who dished up amazing desserts to finish the night with.

The night culminated with the announcement of the overall CEO Award, this year presented to shopfitting student Danielle Kazi-Shedden.

‘Danielle wants to be a beacon to women wanting to enter trades." Said Ms Peters.

‘She is passionate about encouraging women by sharing what she calls ‘her philosophy’ of turning disadvantage into opportunity, and to share the message that we all can create our own futures, with hard-work and hard-yards, lifelong learning and courage".

Chisholm is a leader in vocational educational and training and offers over 400 courses across seven locations in south-east Melbourne, Bass Coast and the Mornington Peninsula as well as via Chisholm Online and in the workplace.