The eighth annual Suffolk Adult Learners’ Awards has taken place at the University of Suffolk.
Suffolk groups and individuals were recognised for their hard work and outstanding achievements over the past year.
The Awards, hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Wayne Bavin saw Terrie Cornwell-Dunnett crowned the ‘winner of winners’ and Yannick Limer from West Suffolk College recognised as providing ‘Outstanding Services to Adult Education and Training in Suffolk’.
The Awards were organised by the University of Suffolk, the Suffolk Adult Learning Federation (SALF) and Suffolk County Council. Adnams were the award ceremony drink sponsor.
Miles Cole, External Relations Project Manager at the University of Suffolk, said “We once again heard incredibly moving and inspiring stories of the power of adult learning to transform people’s lives, empower individuals and communities and of the dedication of staff and organisations that provide it. The importance of both formal and informal adult learning in supporting people and in helping to reduce the demands on public services, such as heath, cannot be overstated. Congratulations to all the winners and runners up and all those who were nominated.”
Terrie Cornwell-Dunnett from Shottisham was awarded ‘Inspirational Learner of the Year’ and then chosen by the panel in the final award of the evening being named the ‘Outstanding Learning of the Year’.
Terrie is currently studying at the University of Suffolk part time on the Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies degree as well as working part time in the University’s External Relations Department.
Terrie said, “For me, school wasn’t particularly successful. I was pushed to go to college but told I wouldn’t amount to much. It was my foster Dad who said ‘you can’t listen to one side of the story’, and he pushed me to continue with my sign language and with college. He said ‘one way or another you will get to your target and your dream just not necessarily through the conventional route’. And that is what has happened.”
Terrie’s husband and daughter were in the audience, seeing Terrie collect her awards. Terrie added, “It is very important for my daughter to see the importance of learning, and that you can keep learning at any age. She enjoys coming to the University for events and I’m hoping that as she gets older and continues her learning that one day she will make the decision to come this way too.”
As well as the Suffolk Adult Learners’ Awards, Terrie was selected in June this year as the winner of the Festival of Learning Patron’s Award for her exceptional achievement in adult learning.
Host Wayne Bavin, said of the evening, “It was really heart-warming to hear stories of how people, some with quite troubled backgrounds, have gone on to achieve what they thought they’d never achieve. It proves that you can do whatever you want to do. There were stories from all kinds of people, from different backgrounds. Suffolk is more culturally diverse than ever; I am lucky enough to be involved in the multicultural festival with the Bangladeshi Support Centre, it is lovely to see some familiar faces here tonight.”
The full list of winners are:
- Inspirational Learner of the Year sponsored by Suffolk Adult Learning Federation- Terrie Cornwell-Dunnett nominated by Allison Boggis from University of Suffolk
- Tutor of the Year sponsored by West Suffolk College- Joe Bailey nominated by Bruce MacGregor from Ipswich Community Media
- Learning Project of the Year sponsored by East Coast College- ’More Than Mum’ nominated by Bruce MacGregor from Ipswich Community Media
- Learning in Families; Bridging Generations Award sponsored by Realise Futures- Joint Winners – Michael Goreham nominated by Tina Godbold from Realise Futures, and ‘Time For Us’ parents Shirley Hutchinson, Sarah Evans and Jess Benham nominated by Tina Godbold and Clare Meade from Realise Futures
- Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Suffolk New College- Kennedy Cheng nominated by his wife Iwona Dajnowicz
- Health and Wellbeing Impact Award sponsored by Suffolk County Council- Bryony Ryba nominated by Andrew Brooks from the Green Light Trust
In addition there were two further awards:
- Outstanding Services to Adult Education and Training in Suffolk sponsored by BT- Yannick Limer from West Suffolk College
- Outstanding Learner of the Year sponsored by the University of Suffolk- Terrie Cornwell-Dunnett
Winners received a trophy, certificate and book tokens.
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