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Lifelong commitment to Learning Tweed local David recently completed his Certificate II in hospitality at Kingscliff TAFE. David, who lives with a disability and has a lifelong commitment to learning, has been studying at Kingscliff TAFE since 2018. “I enjoy studying. I have done many courses at TAFE. My friends from Empower! (Momentum Collective’s disability support program) Trinity and Deb also did the Certificate II in Hospitality.” David has an impressive portfolio of certificates from courses he has completed, including hospitality, customer assistance, food preparation and hygiene, serving non-alcoholic drinks, digital media, information technology, and volunteering. “I would really like to volunteer with the SES or a rural fire service,” David says. “It was terrible to see the bushfires in 2019, and I want to give back to the community and help out. I think I will look into doing my first aid certificate soon.” David’s support worker, Eilish, has trained as an Assistant in Nursing and will investigate a first aid course and enrol with David to support him with his goal.

“David is interested in the medical profession. He wants to volunteer, so we have talked about doing a first-aid certificate to help him meet that goal,” Eilish says. “My mum is a paramedic, so we are going to organise a visit to the ambulance service where she works. David can see first-hand how things work on the ground.” David is excited about enrolling in a first aid course and visiting the ambulance station. “I take my hat off to the paramedics – they do an amazing job,” he says. “I hope that I can get involved in volunteering and be part of something good in the community.” When he’s not attending classes at TAFE, David enjoys visiting cafes with Eilish and enjoying good food. “David enjoys experiencing new foods, so we often find new places to try out. We also regularly go to the Currumbin Sanctuary, and David’s face lights up.”

“I take my hat off to the paramedics – they do an amazing job. I really hope that I can get involved in volunteering and be part of something good in the community.” ~ David

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