Souths Cares Indigenous Trainee, Kiara Maza, was last night (Thursday) named a Finalist in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Awards held at the 2015 State Training Services Regional Awards ceremony.
The Awards are a state-wide event and Kiara ranking as a Finalist in her section of the Central and Northern Regional Awards came as a surprise to her.
Having worked with Souths Cares since September 2012, Kiara said she was surprised to be nominated for the Award and never expected to make the final round for her category.
“There are a lot of Trainees who work hard to achieve good results at TAFE and on the job, so making it to the category finals was completely unexpected,” she said.
“It was nice to share the evening with my mother and aunty, who are both important people to me and of course, having my work mates from Souths Cares supporting me last night was awesome.
“I would also like to thank KARI for their support in the role I play at Souths Cares and for being present at the awards.”
Kiara, who has completed studies in Certificate III Business Administration, is a current student in the Cert IV Business Administration course at Ultimo TAFE.
She is very interested in pursuing tertiary education in Business Management so that one day she may manage a community based organisation.
“Being in management means that I will have the chance to influence change,” she said.
“I see my future as working closely with the community, making decisions and managing services that will make a positive difference for those communities.”
In addition to her workplace achievements, Kiara has also achieved well on the playing field.
Last year, Kiara represented her State when she was selected to play for the New South Wales Indigenous Women’s team and afterwards was selected to play for the Indigenous All Stars team.
Kiara is also a talented netballer who is currently playing for Marrickville All Stars.
“Kiara keeps her light under a bushel so to speak, but her colleagues at Souths Cares are all very aware that she is a great asset to the team,” said the General Manager of Souths Cares, Brock Schaefer.
“We are very happy that she has been recognised for the way in which she carried herself throughout her traineeship.
“Kiara works hard to mentor our local Indigenous students through a number of our programs and being a Finalist at the State Training Services Regional Awards is a great reward for a job well done.
“I am sure all members of the Rabbitohs family will be very happy for Kiara on her achievement and will join with me in congratulating her.”