“Receiving the CSU Pharmacy Foundation Scholarship has given me the commitment to aim high for my goals and to achieve 100 per cent in my studies. Each step I take gets me closer to my dream. To leave your full-time job to study full-time is hard especially when you have been out of school for a long time. The struggles you face living life as a full-time student are not easy. The scholarship will provide the help and support I need to get me through Session 2 and even next year. The thought to not have to worry and stress about having financial hardship brings joy to my heart. I am forever thankful.
“I am a proud, young Aboriginal woman who grew up on a small reserve called Nanima outside of Wellington. When I completed Year 12 I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was heading down the path of studying beauty but instead I walked into my local pharmacy and asked for a job. Thankfully, I was employed the following week - that’s when doors started to open for me. Mr Rodger Keirle from Keirle’s Pharmacy believed in me and without him I wouldn’t be where I am today.
“I have worked in pharmacy going on 10 years. I started out as a front of shop pharmacy assistant and realised that I liked helping people. Gradually climbing the ladder, I completed Certificate 1, 2 and 3 in Pharmacy and became a dispensary technician for a further eight years. To continue in the pharmacy field, I decided to go all the way and commit myself to full-time study so I can become the best pharmacist I can be.
“I see myself as a future role model and an inspiration to the Aboriginal community. If I can do it so can you. You can do anything when you put your mind to it. My dream goal is to graduate from CSU and continue my work as a pharmacist in the rural and remote areas.”