An Oran Park resident with a passion for bridging the cultural gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people has won a major honour.
Adam Hansen, pictured, has been named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student of the year at the 2021 annual NSW training awards.
He received the prestigious award after he completed a Certificate IV in training and assessment at TAFE NSW.
State Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves said Mr Hansen had made Camden proud.
“He has also been delivering Aboriginal cultural competency workshops for more than 10 years and has worked with high schools to encourage Indigenous participation in education,” Mr Sidgreaves said.
“Adam has now gone on to study at TAFE NSW to become a teacher and further inspire our local community.”
Adam says he’s passionate about sharing Indigenous culture with people who may not be familiar with Aboriginal knowledge.
“I’m proud to bridge the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians,” he said.
“I’m now qualified to deliver workshops to a range of people and organisations and, in turn, make a huge impact on my community.”
NSW minister for skills and tertiary education Geoff Lee congratulated Adam on his award.
“It is a great honour to be recognised on a state level and I have no doubt Adam will go on to be a great ambassador for vocational education and training,” Mr Lee said.
“The students, educators and training providers represented at the NSW Training awards are living proof that NSW’s training system is gold standard.
“I congratulate Adam on being named NSW Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander student of the year and wish him the best when he represents NSW at the Australian training awards.”
A full list of state winners is available at https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/training_awards/