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Law student scoops the pool at Australia Day awards

Law student scoops the pool at Australia Day awards

Published:01 February 2018

CQUni Bachelor of Laws student Caitlin Petersen was presented with two awards by Mayor Anne Baker at Isaac Regional Council’s Australia Day ceremony.

CQUni Mackay Bachelor of Laws student Caitlin Petersen’s commitment to community advocacy has been recognised with two coveted awards at Isaac Regional Council’s Australia Day ceremony.

Among 10 others who were nominated, Caitlin received the Young Citizen of the Year Award for her role as a past Isaac Region Youth Ambassador, work within her local community through civic, cultural and service clubs, and her involvement in CQUni’s Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) program.

The Carmila resident also received the prestigious Mayoral Award in recognition of her representation as an Australian delegate at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco.

Currently juggling study and work commitments, Caitlin was humbled by her accolades.

“Growing up in Carmila, I have always been surrounded by others who encourage contributions to the civic, social, cultural and sporting fabric of the region,” Caitlin said.

“I am honoured to receive these awards and am very grateful to those who nominated me.”

Passionate about rural and regional Australia, Caitlin was also a Queensland Youth Parliament representative in 2017.

Last year Caitlin proudly participated in CQUni’s pilot Engage Mentor Program, and was recently appointed to the role of CQUni Change Champ to act as an Ambassador for Social Innovation.

She also volunteers with a range of local organisations including Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre, Broadsound Coastal Care, CQUni Mackay’s Golden Z Club, and many more.

“Volunteerism is so important in small communities, and I try to help out however I can,” Caitlin explained.

“I suppose I am a busy person, but I wouldn’t have it any other way; being involved in the way that I am is extremely rewarding.”

Caitlin will soon take the first step of pursing her dream career in policy and public relations with the commencement of a graduate position within the Australian public service in Townsville; she will also embarking upon her Honours degree with CQUni this year.

“I am extremely passionate about justice and a number of social issues, and I hope that through my chosen career path I will be able to contribute towards creating lasting change,” she said.