Tablelands Regional Council’s Digital Communications Officer Chantelle Pedersen was recognised recently at the Queensland Training Awards as she was named the Tropical North Queensland’s Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year.
THE award is presented to an individual who has undertaken a traineeship and has been outstanding in all aspects of their training.
Ms Pedersen began her traineeship in tourism in February of 2018 – of which she completed in February of this year.
Ms Pedersen noted her excitement about coming away with the prestigious award.
“It’s a great honour to be recognised in this fashion, it’s something I didn’t expect and I’m very proud to be acknowledged for the all the hard work I’ve put in since being at the Tablelands Regional Council,” she said.
“I believe there were roughly 800 nominees across all the categories, so it’s an achievement that really means a lot.”
Ms Pedersen said she loves going to work each and every day.
“I’m always doing something different which is what makes my job so enjoyable,” she said.
“On top of that the work environment is fantastic, everyone in my team is so supportive and that is something I am really grateful for.”
Ms Pedersen took time to thank those who have played a significant role in her progression since beginning at the TRC, and implored those thinking of studying to do so.
“Firstly I would like to thank my team, supervisors when I was doing my tourism traineeship and my current supervisor, all of them have been crucial in my development,” she said.
“I also want to give a special mention to my TAFE teacher Emma Cooke; she was influential throughout my study and was the person who nominated me for the award.
“Because my course was online, the first time I met her was at the awards ceremony, so that was a lovely opportunity to let her know how important she has been for my career.
“For those who are interested in studying, I encourage you to do so as it enriches your life and opens up so many doors.”