Vivian Della Valle - CAE
Creative, warm and patient is how Vivian Della Valle's colleagues describe her teaching style. Vivian goes well beyond teaching the nuts and bolts of Information Communication Technology at the Centre for Adult Education, which is why students flock to her classes.
In her pre-accredited courses, 'Computers for Work - The Modern Office' and 'Introduction to Computers-Bridging the Gap', Vivian begins by working with students to plot a clear path towards further pre-accredited and accredited studies, so the endgame is always in sight. Employability skills are embedded in each session.
Through health and personal challenges, Vivian's passion for her work has never wavered and she builds strong relationships with her students. Vivian goes out of her way to create a fun atmosphere where students take ownership of their learning, which makes them inherently engaged.
Susan West – Cire Services
Susan West first approached Cire Services three years ago offering to partner with them to create financial literacy programs for women. Her diverse financial management skills and compassionate mindset were a perfect fit, so she became a valued staff member. Ever since, Sue's provided a vital education for women, many of whom experience family violence, financial disadvantage, abuse and discrimination.
Classes are tailored to student needs and with gentle words and a kind heart, Sue helps them restore their self-confidence. Her classes begin by developing trust and she nurtures them to have faith in their abilities, so they feel confident to make positive changes in their situations.
Sue believes that everyone can understand financial matters if it's taught in straightforward, plain language. This approach has empowered hundreds of women to make better choices and build better lives. Overall, her programs have enabled 621 enrolments, which is testimony to the value, respect, and financial literacy education she provides.
Michelle Harrison - Phillip Island Community & Learning Centre / Women Connect
Phillip Island resident, Michelle Harrison employs her vast experience in teaching digital literacy, employability skills and career development to help disadvantaged women get the best out of life.
In her innovative award-winning Career Sessions workshop, she engaged key local employers, Job Actives and the GippsTAFE Skills and Job Centre, to present insights into the often-hidden job market. Career Sessions is now a flagship pre-accredited training course for Women Connect and was recognised as a finalist in the NHVic Gender Equity Awards in 2020.
Michelle encourages learners to pursue realistic, achievable goals and empowers them with the tools to uncover their potential and the courage to pursue further study or private enterprise. Lives are transformed through Michelle's dedication, caring and wonderful sense of humour. Her learners report feeling supported in every way as they venture towards economic security.