The 2017 Vice-Chancellor Awards for Outstanding Community Engagement
Published: Thursday 11th January 2018
The community engagement activities of our staff and students are commendable and I am particularly pleased to recognise the contributions of our 2017 Community Engagement Award winners, Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven writes.
The 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award for Outstanding Community Engagement winner is Ms Megan Fauvet, Manager, Strategy Implementation, Student Engagement and Strategies Directorate.
Ms Fauvet made a significant contribution to the ACU Support Project for the Catholic University in Erbil (CUE) to support the recently-established Catholic University in Erbil (Iraq), in answer to Pope Francis's call to become a university of mercy.
Ms Fauvet upheld the sustainability of this initiative to help CUE build capacity in university strategic planning, governance, leadership and administration, thus enabling the university to become a sustainable institution for the higher education of Iraqi students.
Her leadership of the program has strengthened the engagement and knowledge exchange between students and the Catholic international community, assisting dignity of all and fostering the service of the common good.
The 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Student Award for Outstanding Community Engagement is Mr Liam Atchison, a Bachelor of Paramedicine student for his pioneering work in community engagement as Founder of the Karen School Project (KSP).
KSP a social enterprise aims to provide access to education to some of the world's most vulnerable children. Myanmar has been devastated by civil war for more than 50 years and the Karen people have been displaced to refugee camps across Asia. Many are now returning home to Myanmar after decades of struggle and poverty. KSP’s mission is to: “Provide free education to Karen refugees returning home after decades of civil war’.
In providing access to education to some of the world's most vulnerable children, Mr Atchison gave them a sense of dignity which will lead to a more prosperous future involving employment and in some instances, further education. Through education the KSP will empower Karen children to change their lives and the lives of their communities.
Mr Atchison skills in fundraising and his strong business acumen have led to the completion of the construction of the school for 60 students. The achievement of ongoing sponsorship for KSP ensures the employment of teachers and establishment of a teaching exchange program, where foreign teachers will visit to help educate Karen students and teachers. This is an outstanding effort to secure the sustainability of this project.
I commend our winners for their achievements keeping with the University’s Mission to serve the common good, guided by a fundamental concern for justice, equity and the dignity of all human beings.