EJ Connellan Award Testimonials

Nikki

Nikki grew up on ‘Tooloombilla’, a cattle property in remote Queensland 90kms north of Mitchell. Nikki has a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Operatic Voice, from The Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. She has commenced studying a Master of Speech Pathology at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Her aim is to combine her training as a singer and speech pathologist to provide much needed healthcare in geographically disadvantaged areas. Nikki says “although a career as an opera singer is stimulating, rewarding and fulfilling I have realised that ultimately I would like to be in an industry that would allow me to live in outback Australia and make a significant difference to the people who don’t have access to specialised health services”. The award this year will allow Nikki to extend her training and education to areas of modern technology not previously available to her. Her plans to extend her education and knowledge and in turn assist outback people are to be applauded and in time will no doubt be recognized over a wide area.

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Kirsty

Kirsty grew up and lives with her family on Mount Sarah Station via Oodnadatta South Australia and is now studying a Graduate Diploma of Psychology, online at Monash University. Kirsty says “the field of Psychology has always been of interest to me but living and working on a station in a remote area has given me a deeper understanding and awareness of the ups and downs that isolation can cause.  The town of Oodnadatta faces many challenges and is always seeking health professionals so by living in the area I would add immediacy rather than people having to wait until city help arrived. My study will not only enable me to challenge myself and use skills outside of station life it will also help others in the community and afar”. She will no doubt excel in her field and in line with the Trusts Vision, outback people will gain the benefit of her knowledge and learning.

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Amy

Volunteer work with VESA allowed Amy to travel to South Africa and apply learned and adopted animal husbandry skills with animals not worked with previously. This was followed by a placement in New Zealand where “there were all sorts of veterinary experiences to be had…it was good to get some practical experience in the dairy industry and network with some great vets with whom I still maintain contact”. Further, “I applied plenty of my theoretical knowledge and tried out some of the techniques I’ve learnt in the last years at university”. Volunteering work for Amy continues (Riding for the Disabled) and her strong desire to return home (Gorrie Station) is at the forefront of her mind. She resolutely acknowledges the EJ Connellan Award has enabled volunteering, placements and extra curricula activities to benefit her formal studies in Veterinary Science.

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