And her Northam colleague Maureen Guiloy won the WA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Training Award 2015, which she said has opened many doors for her since the win.
Ms Guiloy said she plans to use her prize money to strengthen the Filipinoz in the Wheatbelt community group and set up a scholarship fund for migrants to undertake training, after migrating to Australia from the Philippines.
“This course taught me not just literacy and numeracy but life skills that allowed me to explore for myself what I am interested in, what I can do and the various roles I can play in the community,” she said.
For Ms Grundy, her experience has led to a tour of exemplary early childhood facilities offered in New Zealand, with the opportunity to share her new knowledge, skills and experiences with colleagues afterwards.
Ms Grundy is hoping it will inspire other individuals and organisations to showcase their achievements as part of the awards this year.
“I have grown so much both personally and professionally since winning and have been overwhelmed by the opportunities that have presented themselves,” she said.
“It is also recognition of my quality training and it has been very rewarding to share my success with my students.
“As an advocate for children, and being a country girl at heart, the best aspect of being a trainer is visiting the early childhood services throughout the Wheatbelt and experiencing the impact that training has had on the lives of children.”
The experience has been a boon for Ms Guiloy too, who said she was able to expand the Filipinoz in the Wheatbelt community, “which will help more people build a career path within the district”.