This year’s winner of TAFE’s Central Coast Campus Friends (CCCF) Equity Award of $750 is Prativa Chhetri of North Gosford.
The Award is administered by the Hunter TAFE Foundation in liaison with donor CCCF.
It is granted to a successful TAFE NSW student, living and studying on the Central
Coast, for whom it would
be of significant assistance and, preferably, who demonstrates commitment to the local community.
Chhetri and her husband, originally from Nepal, recently settled on the Central Coast in North Gosford.
CCCF Honorary President, Sonnie Hopkins, said: “Chhetri epitomises the great young people who choose to join the Central Coast community, whether from overseas or elsewhere in Australia.
“She is working hard to make a new life here, through both fulltime study and part-time employment, till now in catering duties, while also making a community contribution as a member of the Australian Red Cross and as a regular blood doner.
“The award will make things just a bit easier for Chhetri financially.
“But more importantly, such recognition is a stimulus to keep up the effort, especially when feeling stretched.”
Chhetri aims to have a career in physiotherapy and to that end is studying Allied Health Assistance at TAFE’s Gosford Campus.
This year she completed the Certificate III and intends to undertake the Certificate IV in 2022.
Furthermore, she has been getting practical experience in the field, through work at Peninsula Village, a local provider of residential aged care at Umina Beach.
Moreover, she has just successfully applied to work as a physiotherapy assistant at Mount Wilga Private Rehabilitation Hospital in Hornsby while, at the same time, undertaking the Certificate IV.
Sonnie Hopkins asked Chhetri why she and husband Shreejesh chose the Central Coast to live.
In response Chhetri spoke of it being such a great place to live as a family and also to develop a career.
“This place is safe and secure, full of cultural heritage, nearby beaches, nearby schools and healthcare facilities, national parks and so many places to explore,” Chhetri said.
Chhetri is full of praise for the encouragement and support she is receiving at TAFE, in the workplace, from her husband and from CCCF.
Email, Nov 26
Sonnie Hopkins, Tascott