massage therapist and mother of two has won Challenger Institute of
Technology’s prestigious Vocational Student of the Year Award.
Gibson (54), of Fremantle, received the award at Challenger Institute’s Student
Awards Ceremony on 6 April.
The ceremony recognised the achievements of more than 60 students from
across the Institute, as well as five major award winners in the categories
Aboriginal Student of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year,
Vocational Student of the Year and Vocational Education and Training (VET) in
Schools Student of the Year.
a former registered nurse and midwife, now works as a remedial massage
therapist in Fremantle. Passionate about the health industry, Margaret has a
particular interest in pain management and preventative health.
facilitates my ability to promote optimal health amongst work colleagues,
friends and family,” Margaret said.
massage as having a key role in health promotion; body awareness,
self-management and preventative health – reducing demand on the healthcare
system and helping clients’ with their general wellbeing at the same time.
massage course has enabled me to continue and expand on my chosen career in
health, which would not otherwise have been possible. I now also have the
potential to start my own business, giving me independence and confidence.”
completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage last year at
Massage lecturer Rebecca Byrne said Margaret
was a focused and dedicated student who excelled in hands-on application
“Coming from a nursing background assisted
in Margaret’s knowledge of the anatomy and physiology components of the course,
and she shone in these areas,” Ms Byrne said.
“Margaret was proactive regarding her own
personal learning and always available to assist others with various massage
techniques in practical classes.
“She has since gone on to be very
successful in industry, demonstrating a high level of professionalism which is
a wonderful reflection of her skills and the training she received at
Margaret’s studies she developed a genetic optical condition called optic
atrophy, which affects the optic nerve and can cause some vision loss. Ms Byrne
said Margaret took the diagnosis in her stride.
simply adapted her methods of learning and always remained positive in
achieving her goal, which was to complete the course.
never considered her condition a barrier to learning or working in the industry.”
The 2015 Vocational
Student of the Year Award is proudly sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of
Applecross and Fremantle.
Photo – Challenger Institute’s 2015 Vocational Student
of the Year Award winner Margaret Gibson.