In­spir­ing speak­ers hon­oured

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FOUR suc­cess­ful South Aus­tralians have been recog­nised for help­ing to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of work­ers across the state.

The 2012 Speak­ers in Schools Awards hon­ours vol­un­teer speak­ers who do­nate their time to visit schools to in­spire stu­dents to fol­low their ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions in SA.

There were 479 pro­fes­sion­als in­volved in the Ad­van­tage SA pro­gram in 2012.

Whyalla and Eyre Penin­sula Ed­u­ca­tion, Skills and Jobs co-or­di­na­tor Shaun Thomas was pre­sented with the New Speaker Award and FTE So­lu­tions man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ed­ward Milne re­ceived the Re­gional Speaker Award.

Step into Life Brighton per­sonal trainer Chris Eves re­ceived the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Speaker Award and De­part­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and So­cial In­clu­sion se­nior project of­fi­cer Kate Rush was hon­oured with the Pro­gram Am­bas­sador Award.

Ad­van­tage SA chief ex­ec­u­tive Karen Raf­fen says the Speak­ers in Schools pro­gram is vi­tally im­por­tant in ed­u­cat­ing stu­dents about the ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to them in South Aus­tralia.

‘‘( It) plays an im­por­tant role in . . . en­sur­ing that the state’s fu­ture lead­ers know that they don’t need to move in­ter­state to achieve their dreams,’’ she says.

To be­come a speaker, phone 8211 8111.

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