Office of Social Innovation Program Manager Robin Dick began working in the social innovation sector in his native Scotland, and brought his decades of experience to CQUni in 2016. Over the past six months, he’s designed and implemented the iChange social innovation orientation program for new students and staff, and has loved the opportunity to inspire the next generation of changemakers.
Based at the Mackay campus, Fitness student Kyle Cavanagh not only has a passion for sport and exercise, but people as well. He has quickly found his footing at CQUniversity, heading from a Certificate III in Fitness into a Certificate IV. He thoroughly enjoys putting his skills and knowledge to good use at the campus gym, helping people to lead healthier lives.
CQUniversity alumnus Nick Nijkamp is now a Registered Anaesthesia Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit with the Bundaberg Hospital and Health Service. Nick recently shared his study experiences and industry expertise with dozens of new Nursing students at the Bachelor of Nursing Orientation Day.
Co-presenter of the new iChange social innovation program, Leslie Lowe is studying Aviation at CQUni Bundaberg, and previously completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science. Managing a sustainability social enterprise with local Traditional Owners, Leslie is a proud Bundjalung man from the northern rivers of NSW, and his Indigenous name is Yulang, which translates to “skin”, and indicates responsibility as a storyteller or keeper of knowledge.
CQUniversity Emerald student Rulande Kemp has been a very busy young woman whilst studying a Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Business. Since starting her studies in 2014, Rulande has been awarded a CQUniversity Student Award and the Anne Murray & Co Solicitors Prize (in 2016) and she recently travelled to a music school in Los Angeles.
Growing up in Nepal, iChange co-presenter Urusha Kansakar witnessed opportunities for social innovation first hand, as her country faced political instability, economic upheaval, and devastating earthquakes. Starting her Master of Professional Accounting with CQUni Melbourne in 2016, she’s loved taking new opportunities to grow her social impact and to share her passion with other students.
What does social innovation mean to you?
To me, it’s understanding your society’s need by being empathetic and designing an innovative idea that could serve the society in the long term.
What was a recent highlight of your life?
I received CQUni scholarship to attend the Ashoka U Exchange social innovation conference that is happening in Boston in April!
What is your favourite book of all time?
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
This weekend is free – what do you do?
Wake up late, eat a good brunch, stroll around the City and lastly end up in Starbucks reading a book with my favourite green tea frappuccino.
If you could solve any social issue in your community, what would you tackle first?
Unemployment – I hope to establish a social enterprise where I can employ women who are financially disadvantaged.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
Step out of the comfort zone and work hard!
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
What is the best thing about being at CQUni for you?
Meeting new friends every time I am on campus, and sharing stories with students from all over the world. Studying at CQUni changes your life because apart from your studies, there are so many opportunities to help you discover yourself and help you to become what you want to be.
After 22 years working for CQUniversity, Joanne Perry may have taken up her biggest career challenge yet. She recently was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience and Governance) leading a number of the University’s student-centred directorates and administrative areas, and supporting the Chancellor and University Council. Joanne has gained a vast array of experience during her time at CQUni from her first job in Finance through to her most recent appointment as the Director of the Vice-Chancellor’s Division, and now as DVC. However, Joanne credits her biggest life achievement to date as raising her three children.
Since graduating from his Diploma of Enrolled Nursing in 2017, nurse Luke Sondergeld has embraced his role in the health industry. During his studies at the Rockhampton campus, Luke’s passion came to the fore; not only was he a dedicated nursing student, but a member of the Student Representative Council and the Student Participation and Retention Committee. He was also instrumental in the implementation of the Peer Assisted Support Scheme for all TAFE students.
Leeanne Heaton is Head of Course for the Bachelor of Nursing. Based in Mackay, she is responsible for the academic leadership, strategic development and quality enhancement of all aspects of the Bachelor of Nursing course, delivered across six campuses and via online education. Leeanne has extensive experience in healthcare as a registered nurse, registered midwife, paramedic and flight nurse. She’s also a very proud grandmother.
Recent graduate Nabeel Abdullah moved from India to Sydney to take on his Master of Management for Engineers, and embraced life in the diverse city. As a Change Champ promoting social innovation at CQUni Sydney, Nabeel developed his passion for empowering others, and he hopes to use social innovation to promote global understanding and partnerships in his new career, too.
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