The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) has announced their 2016 Award Winners, with GOTAFE Marketing Manager, Larissa Falla, a Finalist for the Public Sector Employee Category.
The annual Awards recognise and celebrate achievements of students, trainers, training providers and employers who have achieved outstanding results in their areas of knowledge and expertise.
Mrs Falla joined fellow finalists from across the state for a ceremony at the Aborigines Advancement League in Melbourne on Thursday 13 October 2016.
“I’m honoured to be nominated and shortlisted as I know there are a lot of deserving people out there doing great things within community.” she said.
A GOTAFE employee for 10 years, Mrs Falla has risen through the ranks from Trainee to managing the Marketing and Creative Services team at GOTAFE’s Shepparton Campus. Originally from Tropical North Queensland, Mrs Falla belongs to the Dulguburra Yidinji people, she moved to the Goulburn Valley while at secondary school and has raised her three children among Koorie culture.
Nominated by Natasha McCormick, GOTAFE Commercial Manager for Learning Skills Unit and the Centre for Koorie Education, the application highlights Mrs Falla’s involvement in the community, contribution to the improved performance of the organisation and the work she has done to increase cultural awareness among GOTAFE staff and students.
“Larissa is a well-respected Manager at GOTAFE and her views on cultural matters are highly regarded and regularly sought when planning the future activities of GOTAFE,” explained Ms McCormick.
“She is a firm believer in the importance of using education, training and employment as building blocks for the success of young Indigenous people. As an Indigenous woman in a managerial role, she is a role model for many.”
The Awards hope to provide an inspiring example of the potential of Indigenous people and communities.
For more information about VAEAI or the Wurreker Awards visit www.vaeai.org.au/education