Robyn Dawson, Jodie Cleaves and Melissa Laverty know how to juggle. All three women have been recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Marie Lewis Award, which recognises the achievement of a professional services staff member who is excelling professionally and academically while studying.

The Award honours the late Marie Lewis, who was a UOW graduate and worked in Student Administration between 1978 and 1997.

Robyn, Administrative Officer at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), was honoured to receive the award and felt really inspired by Marie Lewis.

“Marie was a very remarkable woman, juggling numerous challenges while maintaining a professional career after experiencing some personal hardship. Her story resonated deeply and for my colleagues and management to consider me to have similar potential was incredibly encouraging and inspiring. It was a wonderful feeling to be recognised by my organisation and allowed me to have greater confidence that I am providing a genuine and valuable contribution to my team at the SBRC. Winning the Award enabled me to stand out from the crowd and has had flow on effects.”

Jodie, Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator within UOW’s Transnational Education and Alliances team, agrees with Robyn about how remarkable Marie Lewis was and that the award is a testament to her legacy at UOW for study and service.

“I was honoured to receive the Marie Lewis Award in recognition of my personal goal of completing my Master of Management with Distinction. I accepted the Marie Lewis Award with pride as I was balancing work, home and study commitments. In receiving this award, I felt I was sending my children a positive message of what you can achieve when you set a goal and work towards it. It was also great to be acknowledged in front of my colleagues and to celebrate our collective achievements as recipients of Vice-Chancellor’s Awards,” said Jodie.

Melissa, Events Administration Officer in the Faculty of Business, says that being recognised for her hard work and dedication was appreciated.

“Juggling uni, part time work and motherhood is a challenge and I am so glad that I applied and received the recognition for all my hard work and dedication during such a busy period of my life. Having changed from full time work to part time after becoming a mum, I was a little hesitant to start studying, but I had a manager who really encouraged me and supported me along the way.”

The 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Award nominations close this Friday 25 May. Nominate someone in your team today.