Early Educator Recognised in Memorial Award

1st July 2020
The 2020 winner of the Dianne Manhood Memorial Award was recently announced.
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2020 Dianne Manhood Memorial Award recipient Sally Smith is congratulated by Clara Walker, Director Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre.

Wattle Range Council and TAFE SA Mount Gambier have recently announced Robe educator Sally Smith as the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Dianne Manhood Memorial Award for Commitment to Excellence in Early Years.

The annual Award is sponsored by Council in memory of Dianne Manhood, a well-respected community leader and long serving Director of the Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre.

Recognised for her passion and mentorship Sally, who is Director of Robe Soldiers Memorial Kindergarten, is a passionate advocate of children and families in her community and inspires innovation in her field. She is the worthy recipient of the $500 prize for on-going professional development.

“Sally is incredibly generous in her time and support of other educators and the families she works with.  Her passion for her work in the Early Years is shown through her commitment to the sharing of learning, ideas and resources and actively seeking current professional learning opportunities far and wide. Sally is an inspirational educator and is deserving of this award,” Mr Paul Duka, Council’s Director Corporate Services said on announcing the award.

Ms Smith was honoured to receive the accolade: “I have worked in early childhood for over 30 years, with the last 17 as Director at Robe Soldiers Memorial Kindergarten. Over those many years and through working with so many families and children I have been continually inspired to do my best to make sure that every child's learning experience is a successful and happy one, nurturing curiosity and joy in learning. I have also met many wonderful families and it has been so rewarding to be allowed to be part of their child's early years and their journey as parents.

“I also dedicate this award to the many wonderful educators at Robe and across the Limestone Coast who have challenged and supported me while sharing their knowledge and professionalism. Their commitment to continuous learning and improvement in practice has sustained and extended my knowledge and enthusiasm across my career.  I would also like to acknowledge Dianne and her influence on the early childhood sector in our region over many years,” Ms Smith said.

For further information please contact:

Paul Duka, Acting Chief Executive Officer

Email:  council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au

Telephone:  (08) 8733 0900