Lara’s long road to diploma shows ded­i­ca­tion

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - DANAELLA WIVELL [email protected]

LARA Lewis-Sta­ple­ton has jug­gled rais­ing two sons as a sin­gle mum, work­ing part time across sev­eral jobs, and study­ing full time at TAFE to gain a Diploma of Nurs­ing.

“I started nurs­ing years ago but life got in the way with kids and com­mit­ments, so that took a back­burner,” she said.

“It was al­ways some­thing that I des­per­ately wanted to go back to and fin­ish.”

She said com­plet­ing the 18month course would change not only her life, but the lives of her chil­dren.

“It was re­ally tough, my boys had to sac­ri­fice a lot. Some­times I won­dered if it was worth it, but my eldest son is start­ing high school next year and I thought it was good tim­ing for me to fin­ish now and have a new ca­reer so I can be bet­ter able to sup­port him,” she said.

TAFE awarded Ms LewisS­ta­ple­ton with the Myra Ses­sions Award for com­mit­ment, de­ter­mi­na­tion and en­thu­si­asm to learn­ing un­der ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances. She was one of 70 grad­u­ates who col­lected their diplo­mas, cer­tifi­cate III or cer­tifi­cate IV last night.

Grad­u­ates were from a wide range of cour­ses, in­clud­ing health care, nurs­ing, hos­pi­tal­ity, cook­ery, hair­dress­ing, beauty, sport devel­op­ment and hor­ti­cul­ture.

Pic­ture: DANAELLA WIVELL

HARD YARDS: Lara Lewis-Sta­ple­ton has grad­u­ated with a Diploma of Nurs­ing from TAFE, col­lect­ing the Myra Ses­sions Award along the way.

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