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Business student Emily earns Shelley Gregory Memorial Prize

Published:13 August 2019

CQUni Business student Emily Haig received the Shelley Gregory Memorial Prize from Vice-Chancellor Prof Nick Klomp at the recent 2019 Student Awards and Scholarship Presentation Ceremony.

Emily Haig’s efforts as a trainee with the Rockhampton Regional Council have been recognised by CQUniversity when she received the Shelley Gregory Memorial Prize during the 2019 Student Awards and Scholarship Presentation.

The Shelley Gregory Memorial Prize is named after long-time CQ TAFE Rockhampton Business Teacher Shelley Gregory, who passed away following a tragic accident in 2012 and is remembered fondly by staff for her dedication and positivity.

Emily’s dedication to leadership and teamwork during her Certificate III in Business Administration training with CQUni as part of her traineeship earned her the prize.

She now works in a part-time administration role with the Council and said she was delighted to receive the award.

“It is such an honour to receive the CQUni Shelley Gregory Memorial Prize, and I am so grateful to both Council and CQUni for the opportunities they provided,” she said.

“I learned so much during my traineeship and all of the different things I got to try helped me work out what I wanted to do in the long term.

“The support and guidance I received from my managers and colleagues at Council was absolutely invaluable. It’s so wonderful to be part of a team where we work hard and get things done for our community, but can also have fun along the way.

“I am now studying for a Bachelor of Business with Majors in Management and Marketing (through CQUni), which I’m not sure I would have applied for before this experience.

“I also managed to secure a permanent part time job with Council once my traineeship had finished, so I get to keep learning all about the practical side of business alongside my degree – it’s brilliant.”

Rockhampton Regional Council CEO Evan Pardon said that Council was committed to providing excellent opportunities to those starting out in the workforce or looking for a change of career.

“I am so pleased that Emily’s hard work has been recognised by CQUni and that we were able to provide a supportive environment in which she could thrive,” he said.