Animal-lover wins TAFE’s student of year award
SINCE she was a little girl, Marie Dolley has had animals in her life.
So much so that she recently completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the Lismore TAFE - and walked away with the 2013 TAFE Student of the Year award.
Even now as most people's thoughts turn to holidays, Ms Dolley is in India visiting a dancing bear rescue facility in Bannerghatta Reserve.
Marie said she was surprised and humbled to win the award, which came after receiving the Primary Industries Faculty Achievement Award.
The awards recognise the efforts of top-performing students from across North Coast TAFE's 17 campuses, incorporating about 45,000 students.
During her studies Marie was employed at Lennox Vet Clinic for three years and in the new year will return to TAFE to complete a zookeeping/ranger qualification to complement her veterinary nursing skills.
Marie also volunteers one day a week at David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast to gain hands-on experience with Australia's native wildlife.
The director of North Coast TAFE, Elizabeth McGregor, said she was inspired and moved by Ms Dolley's generosity to her work colleagues and her commitment to the community and her workplace.