Samantha determined to prevent kids falling through cracks
SAMANTHA Tindiglia is busy teenager with a part-time job and HSC exams to complete, but she also had to find time to receive a state-wide award for her extraordinary efforts as a school-based trainee.
Winning the award ahead of four other finalists was "exciting and surprising," and a "very big shock," she said.
For the past two years Ms Tindiglia has been working at the Care-Ring Children's Centre in a school-based apprenticeship organised through Lismore-based training company HVTC Northern Rivers.
The Trinity Catholic College Year 12 student decided on a career in child-care after seeing how the system could let down some kids.
"My brother has special needs and he didn't get helped the way the other children did," she said.
Ms Tindiglia was named the School-Based Trainee of the Year at the NSW and ACT Group Training Awards in Sydney last Friday night.
She plans to do a Diploma in child-care at TAFE next year. She is plans to learn sign language as an extra way to communicate with special needs kids she said.
"Looking after people's children is a very important task and a huge responsibility but a task I love," she said.
At heart she is a "family person". She likes nothing more than staying home on the weekends and hanging out with her family she said.
But spare time is sparse for the HSC student, who also works at McDonalds.
"I had to have a HSC exam in Sydney so I could attend the awards," she said.
Ms Tindiglia is now in the running for the GTA National Awards to be held at Hobart November 13.