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Awards 2021

ASPIRE Award. Watch the video and hear from our finalists.

Kamini Pillay and Jianbo Chan

Faculty of Health Science, Youth and Community Studies 

Nursing Education Managers Kamini Pillay and Jianbo Chang have been instrumental in helping 500 students and 25 staff navigate the challenges of 2020 and its impact on Diploma of Nursing studies at Moorabbin. 

Nursing Education Manager Michelle Hall says both staff members handled COVID-19 disruptions with tremendous patience and resolve, helping students and colleagues with remote learning and COVID-safe on-campus training. 

"Kamini and Jianbo demonstrated confidence and leadership, and remained calm and professional, when dealing with issues that occurred throughout the year,” says Michelle. 

“Both have been professional in their interactions with students and staff.”

Kamini and Jianbo have also introduced online morning teas to support the wellbeing of nursing staff during the pandemic. 

Both also are members of industry working parties, ensuring Holmesglen’s nursing training continues to meet sector needs. 


Sam Duncan

Faculty of Education, Service Skills and Environment

Sam Duncan leads Holmesglen’s successful sports degrees, connecting students with employers and career opportunities through an integrated practical placement unit. 

Student support is one of Sam’s passions. He has established an online series where leading sport industry experts share their career experiences with students. Plus, he has coordinated networking events for current and past students. 

Sam brings extensive industry experience to his role as course leader, including writing roles with The Age, AFL Record, The Australian, and Huffington Post. 

“Sam embodies the qualities of a positive role model,” says Bachelor of Sport Business Lecturer Sharyn Meade. 

“He is passionate about his field of expertise and aims to stay abreast of developments and trends. He makes time for all members of staff and students.” 


Sharon Page

Engagement and Support

Sharon Page’s work at Apprentice Central has provided award-winning support to apprentices during their training.

Sharon connects apprentices with a range of invaluable services, including financial, wellbeing and counselling assistance.

She is a member of the Apprentice Central team that won Gold at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) Awards of Excellence.

Sharon has also featured in Holmesglen’s International Women’s Day video celebrations for her dedication to supporting apprentices.

“You only need to sit in a Holmesglen student induction to see the passion and enthusiasm Sharon puts into her work,” says Engineering and Electrical Teacher Paul Hawthorne. “Her professionalism and eye for detail promote our ASPIRE values.”


Awards Festival 2021

Now in its 24th year, our Awards Festival celebrates excellence in education and training.
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