Sheree Brown, left, and daughter Erica Gibson proudly display their certificates at the Maclean TAFE awards.
Sheree Brown, left, and daughter Erica Gibson proudly display their certificates at the Maclean TAFE awards.

Mother knows best

By CARLIE DUGGAN

WHEN Sheree Brown's daughter, Erica Gibson, bet her $200 that she could do better in the HSC, Sheree jumped on it.

And while it was a close contest, Sheree narrowly came out on top, scoring 93 over Erica's 91.5.

"She still hasn't paid me," Sheree said with a grin.

Sheree, 43, of Harwood, and Erica, 20, of Yamba, decided to undertake the Tertiary Preparation Certificate together, a Year 12 equivalent course run through Maclean College of TAFE.

They reaped the rewards of their dedication last week at the TAFE graduation ceremony, with both girls walking away with awards of excellence on top of their certificates.

Sheree, who until recently owned the Harwood boarding kennels, said she took up the challenge to give her a greater scope for career opportunities.

"Erica dropped out of high school in Year 10 after the School Certificate, and I had dropped out in Year 11," she said.

"It was a good opportunity to go back and finish, and this way we could help each other through it."

The pair has recently relocated to Newcastle and both are undertaking further studies.



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