Fiona Armstrong – Tutor, Glenorchy LINC and 26TEN
Fiona tutors adult literacy students at Glenorchy LINC, one-on-one. She works with the LINC literacy coordinators to establish each student’s individual requirements for learning. As part of a team, she uses her initiative to complete tasks such as developing resources for volunteers and coordinators. Fiona’s outstanding contribution to her local community is that she helps people change their lives.
She builds confidence and literacy skills in those who thought they would never learn to read or write. Her students become more confident as learners, parents, carers, workers and contributors in the Glenorchy community. By believing in people, they believe in themselves she builds skills and confidence that has a ripple effect through families, friends, workplaces and our community.
Fiona’s passion for adult literacy and volunteering is infectious. “I really enjoy seeing people’s confidence soar when their literacy improves and they suddenly realise what they are capable of.” That’s why she is successful as a tutor, team mate, and role model who inspires others to take action on adult literacy, an issue that impacts all Tasmanians.
Leone Scrivener – Tutor, The University of the Third Age – Hobart
The University of the Third Age – Hobart Inc. (U3A) is a wholly self-funded entity formed in 1990 to provide daytime courses for seniors. It is staffed by U3A members who volunteer their time to ensure the smooth running of the organisation. Leone has been one of those volunteers for over twenty five years. As a tutor she prepares and delivers two popular courses, as a committee member she shares in providing the planning, running and wellbeing of the entire organisation which offers ongoing learning opportunities for over 650 senior members of the community. Leone creates a vibrant, learning community.
Now in her eighties, she remains an eloquent, confident and engaging communicator who encourages others to take on new challenges. She is a cheerful presence at U3A at all times, welcoming new members, ensuring more mature members are cared for, and, when necessary, remembered. She is a role model for all people who wish to remain an integral part of a rapidly changing world. Without the learning that Leone advocates and advances so passionately, older people will be left bereft of opportunity and involvement.
Ian Shaw – Adult Literacy/Learning Mentor, New Norfolk LINC and 26TEN Derwent Valley Action Group
Ian Shaw is an Adult Literacy/Learning Mentor volunteer who volunteers at the New Norfolk LINC. Ian is passionate about the Derwent Valley community, and is involved in many local community groups and projects including chairing the 26TEN Derwent Valley Action Group. Ian shows leadership in this team through his commitment to representing the New Norfolk tutors and clients in the grant application process.
His vision for connecting with hard to reach families forms the basis of a grant application for a project officer to raise awareness in the Derwent Valley. Ian is the volunteer all organisations need, showing extraordinary commitment and going that ‘extra mile with a smile’. Ian is inspirational in that he represents the Adult Literacy program when he is out and about in the community. Ian takes his Adult Literacy tutor role seriously and goes beyond the ‘one on one’ literacy support.
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