CQUniversity Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Case Manager Tina Stritzke has arguably, one of the most diverse jobs in the world. Every day she meets people from a variety of nations and backgrounds, not only helping them to learn English and settle in to their way of life, but also welcoming them into the Australian community.
What is your first memory?
Spending time with my grandfather in South Australia wandering an almond orchard and climbing trees.
What was a recent highlight of your life?
Interviewing and assessing a new Afghan family to commence English classes at CQU Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and then watching their excitement at having the opportunity to attend classes and progress. Their huge smiles were gold.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I’m an outdoors type of person, gardening, caring for my chickens, nature in general, fishing, camping, exploring and travel.
If you could solve any social issue in your community, what would you tackle first?
More early intervention for kids who have a difficult time at home. If we can stop one young person from making bad decisions it’d make such a difference to the whole community.
What’s the biggest way a student has surprised you?
I was visiting Melbourne with my family and walking near Federation Square when I was tapped on the shoulder. I turned around and was greeted with a surprised, “My Teacher”. The student had studied with me in Rockhampton and relocated to Melbourne. It was a sweet reunion, a quick catch up and we continued going different ways.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
Carpe Diem (Seize the Day).
Which country would you most like to visit?
The Arctic is the 2019 plan … polar bears and puffins!