Holmesglen's commitment to maintaining a safe environment for international students has been acknowledged at a state ceremony held this October.
Holmesglen Events Coordinator Stephenie Garac, together with Victoria Police Sergeant Ric Anderson, was recognised with a Police Multicultural Media Award – an honour that credits the contributions made to enhancing understanding between Victoria Police and the multicultural community.
"It was a lovely surprise being nominated and an absolute honour to receive such an award," Ms Garac said. "Working alongside Sergeant Ric Anderson, who is so passionate and dedicated to achieving the best results, has been invaluable."
The achievement is reflective of Holmesglen and Ms Garac's on-going involvement with Victoria Police on a community engagement project, which launched at the Moorabbin campus in July.
Ms Garac led the institute's partnership with Victoria Police on the initiative, which aims to prevent crime and increase international student safety through a range of community safety measures. Together with Moorabbin Police's 'Anti-Vehicle Theft From' campaign, Project CEANT encourages students to remove all valuables from their cars, remember to lock their vehicles and to report suspicious behaviour.
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton AM presented Ms Garac and Sergeant Anderson with their framed citations at Government House.
"Receiving this award motivates me to expand and positively promote the campaign even more, together with everyone involved," Ms Garac said.
Sergeant Anderson was pivotal in driving the initiative, and believes the work of Ms. Garac and Holmesglen was equally significant to its success.
"Stephenie's skills and expertise in the events coordination that she brought to the project has seen Project CEANT reach above and beyond its expectations. Holmesglen's invaluable partnership is beyond reproach from the executive down and is far greater than I have ever experienced in my 20 year career in policing," he said.
Since the project's inception, permanent display signs have been installed throughout the Holmesglen Moorabbin car park, Victorian Police have given in-person lectures to international students, and Screen and Media students have helped create an advertisement for the campaign.
"Moorabbin Police appreciates the support and assistance provided by the staff at Holmesglen, in particular that of Ms Stephenie Garac with Project CEANT. A project like this brings the local communities together to address issues, which, in turn, benefit everyone.
"We value our cultural and linguistically diverse community and look forward to broadening our engagement with them in 2017," Moorabbin Police Station Commander Jim Jackson said.
Current partnerships with the City of Kingston, Neighbourhood Watch and local organisations, such as Westfield Southland, will continue to help grow the campaign.
UPDATE: Stephenie has also been awarded a Victorian Police Divisional Commendation Award at a ceremony held at Sandringham this November. The citation was presented by Southern Metro Region Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill and Southern Metro Division 2 Superintendent Amy Gledden.