SIGNIFICANT RESULTS: Luke McKenna (rear), winner of a prestigious Gili Award for achievement, with fellow students and teachers
SIGNIFICANT RESULTS: Luke McKenna (rear), winner of a prestigious Gili Award for achievement, with fellow students and teachers

Luke ?blown out? by State award

By SALLY GORDON

sally.gordon@dailyexaminer.com.au

LUKE McKenna is kicking goals left, right and centre.

The Grafton TAFE student and coordinator recently received a gold award for student excellence and now the 30-yearold has picked up a prestigious State award for his hard work.

The father of three recently was flown to Sydney to collect a TAFE NSW Gili achievement award.

The Gili awards recognise the achievements of Aboriginal TAFE students and staff across the State for vocational training and education.

Mr McKenna completed a certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and currently is enrolled in a diploma course.

In 2005 he took on the role of a course coordinator for TAFE providing support to students involved in the Goori Access Program to Education.

An enamored Mr McKenna said yesterday he was simply 'rapt' to have been one of three people in State to receive the achievement award.

"It was way out of left field," he said.

"I received a gold award for the best student at TAFE and that was a huge honour because I was nominated by people who I work with every day, and to think they would think of me highly enough to give me that award was a blowout.

"Then to get the state award was excellent."



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