Anne Pennington Award

What is the Anne Pennington Award?

Since 2005 an award has been presented to learners in Adult Learners’ Week to honour the memory of Anne Pennington, who died on Christmas Eve in 2004.

Anne was a highly respected and much loved staff member of The Centre, and before that of Forum, Benalla. On her resignation due to ill health in 2004, the Board of Governance decided that an award would be named in her honour, to acknowledge her contributions to adult learning and her many strengths and qualities as a person.

In developing the award it was decided that
– learning should be understood in the broadest possible sense
– the criteria for the award should reflect some of Anne’s strengths and qualities

Read more about the 2018 recipient and nominees.

Colin Kirley – Recipient

Colin has been a student in the Getting There program at The Centre in Wangaratta since February. He is committed to gaining his Certificates I & II in General Education for Adults before undertaking studies in Horticulture at GOTAFE. An attempt to do that five years ago made him realise he needed better preparation.

Meg Broz

Meg Broz completed Certificate III in Education Support this year. She was offered a job at the school where she undertook her work placement. Meg has started a new career as a teacher’s aide. The supervising teacher for the work placement has said that Meg is one of the most caring, thoughtful, creative and committed teacher assistants with whom she has worked.

Andrey Weymouth

Andrey Weymouth works twelve hour shifts at a local quarry. Earlier this year he was promoted to second in charge. He has allocated three hours per week to work towards a Certificate in General Education for Adults in order to advance his career. The course is part of his development plan for performance reviews.

Chelsea King

Chelsea King completed The Centre’s six month Getting There program at The Centre in Wangaratta earlier this year.

Getting There is an engaging and supportive program developed by The Centre to help learners gain confidence and skills to gain employment or go on to further education.

Fiona Wheeler

Fiona Wheeler hopes to have a career in Aged Care and began working towards Certificate III Individual Support in Broadford in April. Fiona is due to complete the qualification this month. Her work placement was with Nexus Primary Care, working along the Hume corridor.

Mandy Huxley

Mandy has been a participant in Getting There in Benalla in 2017and 2018. Although it took her several months to find her own direction, Mandy was an active and engaged class member. Mandy supported and encouraged others, and explored all opportunities offered until finding her own path in art and as a teacher’s aide.

Ryan Mullavey

Ryan maintains a deep interest in his education and this is helping him during a lengthy recuperation and management of a severe illness. He began working towards a Certificate in General Education for Adults at The Centre in 2017. He was a nominee in that year, too.

Sue Ellen Quin

Sue Ellen came to Getting There in Benalla, despite grief and health issues. She was at all times fully engaged and enthusiastic, both leading and supporting others – eventually finding satisfying use of her IT and organisational skills in office management in the community sector.

Tanya Baylis

Tanya Baylis completed The Centre’s six month Getting There program at The Centre in Wangaratta earlier this year.

Getting There is an engaging and supportive program developed by The Centre to help learners gain confidence and skills to gain employment or go on to further education.

Congratualations
to all the nominees.