Barry Pyke Scholarship Winner Announced

Michelle Connell

Chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Barry Pyke Memorial Scholarship for her resolute commitment to lifelong learning, Michelle Connell is indeed, a star on the rise.

With an unwavering dedication and vision towards a future wherein educators and policy makers provide education to our students, Michelle names young Pakistani activist  for education and Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, as one of her greatest influences.

Embodying the qualities of a good learner; perseverance, commitment and resilience, Michelle’s friends describe her as a positive and hard working humanitarian who is constantly in pursuit of new ideas and learnings.

It was it seems a combination of this tenacity and excellent organisational skills that saw Michelle and her team mates host one of the wests most successful health and well being expos to date.

Curated as a part of the Advanced Diploma of Management wherein individuals were assessed on their ability to affect meaningful and sustainable change in the local community, the health and well being expo was designed to showcase and develop a greater understanding of the support networks  available to adolescents in the area. With pre and post expo statistics demonstrating a 50% increase in awareness across all expo attendees, the project itself was deemed a resounding success by all.

According to Michelle however the benefits of the Advanced Diploma of Management are far greater than those experienced through the execution of the community project alone. When interviewed on graduation night, Michelle spoke enthusiastically of the relationships and networks that she was able to develop throughout her involvement with the course and was quick to praise the collective effort of her peers to the contribution of shared skills and knowledge.

Nominated for the 2016 Victorian Young Achievers Award as a result of her work on the health and well being expo This award ceremony acknowledges individuals up to the age of 30 years old who have made a contribution to the improvement of their local community or state. Michelle was nominated  for the Volunteer Excellence Award  and was a finalists for the Community Health and Wellbeing Award.

When asked what she would say to individuals considering enrolling in the Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management, her response was swift and emphatic, “Just do it! We spend a lot of our time procrastinating about which choice is the right choice, that we sometimes let unique opportunities slip right past us. This course is exceptionally unique in that it brings together industry experts, governance bodies and experts to provide a learning experience that is both within and outside of the classroom. The team at Customised Training are always willing to assist and the facilitators are knowledgeable and encouraging”

Having recently moved from her role as an educator  at Bacchus Marsh Grammar into her current position with Cambridge Education, Michelle   has been able to  take the knowledge and skills around managing finance, staff, strategic planning and change management, and apply those skills directly to her new role as an Education Project Manager and her involvement with Teachers Across Borders.

And with longer term plans to influence the education policy agenda and pursue projects and reforms that aim to address inequity within education, we here at Customised Training are certain that this is not the last time we will hear of Michelle Connell. Nor is it the last time a graduate will garner greater community insight, workplace support and professional respect for simply undertaking the Advanced Diploma of Management.

NB: The Advanced Diploma of Management has since been superseded by the Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management.

Call Customised Training now if you are interested in enrolling in this course. 

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