Hot on the heels of her win at the WA Training awards, Notre Dame nursing student Soleil White was celebrated among the top trainees nationwide at a glittering ceremony in Sydney on November 15.
Soleil was named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year by Federal Skills and Vocational Education Minister, Michaelia Cash, at the 2018 Australian Training Awards.
In September, Soleil won in the same category at the WA Training Awards which automatically made her one of the 78 finalists in the national awards.
Soleil is studying a Diploma of Nursing program at Notre Dame’s Broome Campus while also working as a certified Aboriginal Primary Health Care worker with the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service.
Having met the other awards finalists before the presentation evening, Soleil said she was very impressed with their stories and was surprised by her win.
“Just to come so far from a small WA town, I was grateful to be there with my family, but to win was the icing on the cake,” said Soleil who travelled to the awards accompanied by her mother and two aunties.
After completing her degree next year, Soleil wants to complete a Bachelor of Nursing and in future work in remote Kimberly, Arnhem land and Torres Strait communities, reducing the gap for Aboriginal people while improving their physical and emotional care.