Eight women working at StGiles have received scholarships to complete further tertiary studies as part of an initiative to encourage disability workers to remain in Tasmania.
The employees work in therapy, support, rostering and leadership roles. While they have happily self-funded their studies, they're delighted to be the recipients of additional financial assistance.
Vanessa Boon, 27, is an occupational therapist working as a member of StGiles' allied health therapy team. She is one of the eight women to have received a scholarship, funded by the Launceston Friendly Society Pharmacy.
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"I've started my Master of Teaching," Ms Boon said. "The teaching is just something I'm studying myself in my own time to complement my occupational therapy skills."
"I'm super grateful ... to have the support of other community members to contribute to my goal of being an OT and a teacher. Any little bit counts and helps."
StGiles chief executive Andrew Billing said the organisation contacted the Launceston Friendly Society Pharmacy to see if it would be interested in providing assistance to their employees.
"The eight scholarships that were awarded today are a testament to the commitment of Launceston Friendly Society in supporting Northern Tasmanians to learn new skills and knowledge," he said.
Launceston Friendly Society Pharmacy's Peter Haworth said the scholarships were worth about $10,500 in total.
"Something of this nature is really where we see our ongoing role, in being able to help organisations such as St Giles to let their staff improve their qualifications," he said.
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