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It’s never too late to follow your dreams, according to TAFE NSW Western’s 2016 Aboriginal Student of the Year Angie Brown.

The Dubbo mother-of-three was also crowned Aboriginal Vocational Student of the Year at a ceremony in Orange on Wednesday, and said she was overwhelmed by the awards. have been recognised for her efforts.

She is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Charles Sturt University, after completing a Diploma of Enrolled Nursing through TAFE Western.

“I’ve always wanted to do nursing, I’ve always liked to help people,” Angie said.

“I never had the time and I finally thought it’s never going to be the right time and I just jumped in and went for it.

“You’re never too old to start … the sky is the limit. Just go for your dreams and they [TAFE] will help put you on the right path.”

Most Outstanding Graduating Student Donna Fitzgerald (Orange) and Aboriginal Student of the Year Angie Brown (Dubbo). Photo: TAFE

Most Outstanding Graduating Student Donna Fitzgerald (Orange) and Aboriginal Student of the Year Angie Brown (Dubbo). Photo: TAFE

“Right from the moment she enrolled at TAFE, Angie was the most eager person in the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing course,” TAFE NSW regional general manager Kate Baxter said.

“She had a driving ambition to succeed and what makes her success even greater was she completed her courses with distinction while working and being a single parent to three children.”

Rowan Jayasuriya (Certificate III in Accounts Administration) finished runner-up for Outstanding Graduating Student of the Year Award and was also named TVET Student of the Year.

“Rowan was an exemplary student,” Ms Baxter said.

Other Dubbo students successful in the awards included Ella Bass, Jeramiah Carter, Dannielle Smith, Garry Pitman and Luke Moody, while Certificate IV Wool Classing student Laura Offley was presented with a TAFE NSW Ambassador Prize.