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National award for Pt Augusta mother.

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National award for Pt Augusta mother


Laurel Dodd of Pt Augusta is living proof that having a determination to succeed brings its own rewards.

The former unemployed mother of four has already won a State nursing award and now she has been recognised as the NAIDOC National Indigenous Apprentice of the Year.

Laurel will be presented with her national award by ATSIC’s SA Zone Commissioner Klynton Wanganeen during a presentation ceremony at Pt Augusta tomorrow, Friday, August 15 at 10 a.m.

“I am proud that a South Australian, a woman and mother has taken out one of the top national NAIDOC Awards,” Commissioner Wanganeen said.

“It is wonderful personal recognition for Laurel’s hard work but on another level it sends out a strong message to our young people.

“Laurel’s story shows that with determination and proper support people can succeed in their chosen path.

“She is to be congratulated on her award and I hope she will be an inspiration to many people in this region to continue their schooling and studies so they can make their dreams come true,“ Commissioner Wanganeen said.

Laurel started her study with the Spencer Institute of TAFE Port Augusta Campus. She completed her Certificate 3 in Community Health Care (Aged Care) and Certificate 4 in Community Health Care (Aged Care).

Laurel started work as an Aged Care Worker at Wami Kata Old Folks Home. She then went on and graduated as an Enrolled Nurse and is registered with the Nurses Board of South Australia. Laurel now works at Port Augusta Hospital and she has also won the 2003 State Indigenous Nurse Award. Laurel is currently studying Grief and Pallative Care Counselling.

Note to Editor’s - The presentation will be held at the ATSIC Northern Areas Regional Office, 38 to 40 Stirling Road, Pt Augusta on Friday, 15 August at 10 a.m.

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