MEGT and ANZ school-based trainee Lea Jerrard made headlines recently when she was honoured by Armidale Zonta Club with the award for a Young Indigenous Woman, as well as receiving a Highly Commended for the District 24 award.
Lea is currently employed by MEGT and undertaking an Australian School-based Traineeship with Host Employer ANZ, as she completes Year 12. Recognising her hard work and positive influence both at school and within the community, Lea’s teachers at Macintyre High School nominated Lea for the awards.
Zonta, an international organisation who advocate for and empower women, were touched by Lea’s connection to her role model, her older sister, who inspired her to fast track her career while finishing Year 12. When asked about her traineeship, Lea said, “I feel good. I feel like I’m on the right track, that I’m actually going to go out there and get a job because of my traineeship.”
Impressed by Lea’s dedication to her learning, Macintyre High School Year 12 advisor Lindsay Gunther said of Lea’s win, “I have a lot of respect for Lea and I think she’s going to do a lot with her life. She has a strong career ahead of her with what she’s chosen, and it seems like it’s something she really loves.”
Congratulations Lea! We’re sure your hard work will lead to great success!