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SM TAFE students wins Nikki Wise Scholarship

The 2018 Nikki Wise Scholarship was awarded by the City of Mandurah to SM TAFE Certificate IV in Community Services student Dee-Arne Hovingh.

On receipt of the award, Dee-Arne said "The Nikki Wise Scholarship gives me the opportunity to build on my confidence and learn and utilise skills in industry to be able to further support struggling families and the homeless. This scholarship will enable me to continue to commute as a volunteer to further support the community at The Crew and the Halo Team".

The Crew CEO Garry Eves and Outreach Coordinator Shona Baldwin said they couldn't think of anyone more deserving. They praised Dee-Arne for turning up each and every Wednesday without fail,  rain,  hail and shine always with a smile to support the Community BBQ for the homeless people on the Rockingham foreshore. Dee-Arne is also working on a support directory for The Crew.

The Nikki Wise Community Services Memorial Scholarship is provided by the City of Mandurah to honour the legacy of Nikki Wise. Nikki was devoted to helping those in need and sadly passed in September 2016.

The annual scholarship assists passionate members of the Mandurah community wishing to study in the area of community services with $2000 being awarded to one successful applicant.

In 2012 Nikki Wise founded the ‘Reach Out Drop In Centre’ a food service for street present people in Mandurah’s City Centre. By 2014 the food service was providing over 200 meals per week. Nikki’s dedication to assisting the homeless also extended to the planning of many fundraising events to support the service and increase awareness of homelessness in Mandurah.

Sadly in September 2016 Nikki died in a traffic accident.

Shortly after Nikki’s tragic death, the Centre’s activities ceased without the support of Nikki’s tireless efforts. Although the services did eventually recommence with thanks to the local non-profit organisations and volunteers, the City of Mandurah recognises a growing need for community support workers in the area. One of the City’s initiatives was the granting of a scholarship honouring Nikki’s memory. The scholarship also aims to help carry on Nikki’s work by assisting with the training and development of existing and future community workers.

Image: Dee-Arne with The Crew team members, Garry Eves and Shona Baldwin

Page last updated November 22, 2018