Training to be the best in their field

Danni GrundyMaureen Guiloy
Training to be the best in their field
Danni GrundyMaureen Guiloy

Ms Guiloy is up for the WA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Training Award for her work with the Filipino community in Northam.

�It�s very overwhelming and I�m a little nervous about it,� she said.

As the founder and secretary, Ms Guiloy works with the local migrant community discussing with them the importance of training while enabling individuals to reach out for new opportunities.

The group started last year and was officially founded this year by Ms Guiloy and her friends.

Ms Guiloy said when she started the group she did not want to be at the head.

�I don�t want to be seen as a leader, I want to build them into leaders,� she said.

Childcare education trainer Ms Grundy is contesting for honours in the WA Trainer of the Year category.

Passionate about training up-and-coming educators in early childhood studies, Ms Grundy was enthusiastic about joining the training team at CY O�Connor Institute.

She started working at the institute in 2006 and, with the help of four other trainers, she teaches 150 students.

Her interest in early childhood studies developed from working in a childcare centre in Toodyay for 10 years.

She trains students from across the Wheatbelt and drives for up to three hours to teach and assess her students.

With her online community, Ms Grundy aims to minimise the loneliness and isolation many students in regional areas experience.

Department of Training and Workforce Development director general Ruth Shean congratulated both women on their achievements.

�Maureen and Danni stand out in their fields through the high level of excellence they have achieved,� she said.

�They demonstrate the opportunities that high quality training can provide.�

Ms Guiloy and Ms Grundy are among 42 statewide finalists, with the winners set to be announced at a presentation dinner September 4.