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Alumni honoured at industry awards

Three Curtin graduates have been honoured at the seventh annual statewide WA Social Worker of the Year Awards on Monday 30 May 2016. The three winners were recognised amongst 15 finalists in five categories at the ceremony held at the University of Western Australia.

Head, Heart & Hands category winner Sue Galbraith, who completed a Bachelor of Social Work in 1974 at Curtin, when it was known as the WA Institute of Technology (WAIT), was praised for bringing groundedness, dignity and patience to an impressive career spanning more than four decades.

Kalgoorlie-based Senior Social Worker Marina Andrade, who completed a Bachelor of Social Work in 1983, was recognised for a career spanning more than 30 years in the Northern Goldfields area. Ms Andrade has also worked as a sessional lecturer at Curtin.

Kate Jefferies, Communicare, and Julie Verley.
Kate Jefferies, Communicare, and Julie Verley.

Recent graduate Julie Verley completed her Bachelor of Social Work in 2013, and is currently working with Angelhands, an organization that provides support to people affected by homicide and violence. Julie was recognised as the winner of the Rising Star category for social workers with less than five years career experience. The Rising Star Award recognizes a recently qualified social worker, who demonstrates potential leadership within the industry and makes an outstanding positive difference to individuals, families or communities.

Curtin, the University of Western Australia and the Australian Association of Social Workers were award partners.