Torres Strait employees and businesses have been recognised at the prestigious 2015 Torres Strait Employment and Training Recognition Awards, held on Thursday Island last Thursday (8 October).

A glittering evening at TAFE Queensland North – Thursday Island campus saw the fifth hosting of the awards, which is the only awards ceremony in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area to recognise workplace achievement.

Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service’s Gwen Ketchell took away the main prize – the My Pathway Ken O’Brien Achiever Award – for her outstanding achievements, going beyond and working towards excellence in the Health industry.

Other awards on the night recognised employers, apprentices, and trainers in encouragement, excellence and customer service categories.

Special guests on the night included Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch.

Torres Strait Employment and Training Recognition Awards President Mark England, from awards organiser My Pathway, said the awards continue to get bigger every year, with a record number of nominees and categories in 2015.

“My Pathway started these awards a few years ago because there was nothing in place to recognise the outstanding achievements in training and employment across the Torres Strait,” said Mr England.

 “The awards have since been a huge success, and we continue to attract more support from the region each year.

 “I’d like to thank the businesses and Government departments active in the region that sponsor and support the event.

 “We’re all very proud that the awards are now firmly fixed in the Torres Strait annual calendar.”

 Ms Ketchell, a long service employee of the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service, which is one of Australia’s largest providers of health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, was a popular winner of the My Pathway Ken O’Brien Achiever Award.

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