Sharon’s heart had always been set on working with children and her dream became reality this week when she was named the first Australian Capital Territory resident with Down Syndrome to be awarded a Certificate III in Children’s Services.
Adding further impetus to her amazing effort, the 32-year-old Forrest resident is now only one of two Australians with Down Syndrome to achieve the same qualifications and her employers at Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation are understandably elated.
“We are super proud to announce that our awesome educator, Sharon Champion, has successfully passed her Certificate III in Children’s Services,” they said.
“This may seem like a small feat to some but in fact Sharon has worked so much harder than many of her peers to get to this level of study whilst working at our Stella Bella Children’s Centre.
“Huge congratulations to Sharon. You are a star and we are super happy to have you on our team.”
Sarina Russo Apprenticeships Business Relationships Manager Sue Black said Sharon’s determination and drive was an example of what can be achieved.
“Sharon’s such a lovely young woman and through our existing relationship with Canberra Institute of Technology she was able to complete her Certificate III and achieve her dream,” Sue said.