Student says ‘thank you’ for ‘life-changing’ event

Published 13 October 2011

rachel-wilkie-grace-quiddingtonA student’s heartfelt, impromptu speech created a special moment during an awards evening at the University of New England last week.

Grant Quinn from Tamworth was receiving one of his two Merit Certificates at the University’s annual CPA Merit Awards evening when he stopped to thank UNE and CPA Australia – accounting’s peak professional body – for an event which, he said, had changed his life.

Mr Quinn explained that, just two weeks after attending last year’s event as an award winner, and as a result of the networking opportunities that the event provided, he had been offered a position with the accounting firm Forsyths in Tamworth. The awards evening had also provided, he said, an opportunity to share his success with his family – something that had meant a great deal to them all.

CPA Australia sponsors the awards evening at UNE every year. Representatives of several major accountancy firms attended last week’s event, which celebrated the award of 182 certificates to students who finished a course unit within the top 5 per cent – and  at Distinction level or above.

The Vice-Chancellor of UNE, Professor Jim Barber, and the President of CPA Australia’s NSW Division, Dr Margaret Drever, presented 24 certificates to those students able to attend the event. In her address to the students, Dr Drever informed them about the diverse range of rewarding careers available within the accounting profession.

“The evening provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the students’ hard work and their commitment to obtaining a degree,” said the coordinator of this year’s event, UNE’s Associate Professor Martin Hovey. “It also provides an opportunity for representatives of CPA and members of the profession to meet some of our top-ranking students.”

At the end of the evening UNE’s Deputy Chancellor, Mr Scott Williams, thanked CPA Australia and members of staff from UNE’s School of Business, Economics and Public Policy for supporting and organising the event.

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here, taken at the awards evening, shows Rachel Wilkie (left) and Merit Award winner Grace Quiddington.