Students Hairdressing Integrating Education, or SHINE, students from John Willcock College in Geraldton have recently been recognised for their amazing work with a $60,000 WA State Impact Award in the 2012 NAB Schools First award.
However, the girls are now shining more than ever after receiving a National award last night with Economic Development Australia (EDA) and Economic Development Agencies of New Zealand (EDANZ) in the category of 2012 Indigenous Economic Development.
The program has also been nominated for another national award in the area of violence prevention, presentations for this award to be held in November this year.
Presentations for awards were held in Cairns, Queensland, at the Driving Economic Leadership in the Asia Century – Leveraging Local Prosperity and Wellbeing conference last night.
SHINE Director, Mandy Jolley and former SHINE student Isabelle Croswell flew to Cairns on Sunday, September 16 to accept the awards.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor, Ian Carpenter, donated to SHINE two tickets to Cairns.
Mr Carpenter said he had seen the SHINE program in action.
“SHINE is a very worthwhile project that deserves help and recognition; I am pleased to be able to support the program as it is a fantastic opportunity for the girls to attend the awards presentation,” he said.
Miss Jolley said SHINE is a very powerful program which empowers young women to realise their potential and self-worth.