Christine, who is in the third year of a Bachelor of Nursing degree, received the award from Mr Paul Box, the director of the Coffs Ex-Services Club and Professor Zbys Klich, head of Southern Cross University’s Coffs Harbour campus and Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic.
The award, worth $1000, recognises Christine’s community involvement through the Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club, where she is a volunteer surf life saver and assistant manager for the under 10 team.
“This award is going to be fantastic – just to help get a few books and pay for some of my study expenses,” Christine said.
A single mum with two children, Christine has successfully combined fulltime study with her surf life saving commitments.
“I have always wanted to be a nurse and when it started at Coffs Harbour I applied. I really love it, even though it was difficult it in my first year,” she said.
“It’s been a long journey, but a wonderful journey meeting new friends. I have no family here but tremendous help from friends and neighbours.
“I would say to people ‘don’t let fear stop you’. You need to make the most of opportunities - there is always help available.”
Photo caption: Christine McMillan, a third-year Southern Cross University student, is congratulated on her Coffs Ex-Services Achievement Award by Paul Box, director of the Coffs Ex-Services Club and Professor Zbys Klich, head of Coffs Harbour campus and Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic.
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