The Lila Kirilik Memorial Social Justice Awards were established in 2004 to commemorate Ms Lila Kirilik, Senior Lecturer in Social Welfare at Charles Sturt University, whose untimely death in 2002 represented a significant loss to students and members of the academic and social service community. The high regard with which she was held lay in her focus on social justice in education for social service practice.
This is an annual student prize of $500.00, plus a $500.00 charitable donation.
Each year the Social Work and Human Services Discipline awards the Lila Kirilik Social Action Prize (the Prize) to a graduating student who has completed a practicum subject (HCS303 Professional Field Education 1 or HCS402 Professional Field Education 2) in the undergraduate Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) or Bachelor of Social Work. The Prize rewards the student's application of the principles of social justice, equity, empowerment and self determination in their practice, and provides them the opportunity to donate matched funding to an appropriately auspiced social justice project of their choice.
The Prize is awarded to a student on the basis of demonstrated merit in a professional field education subject and in particular, achieving a social action outcome of benefit to a disadvantaged individual, group or community.
Students prepare their application in consultation with their University Liaison Academic, Agency Supervisor and Subject Co-ordinator. The application should demonstrate:
The application will comprise the student's documentation of their practice achievements and supporting evidence of their method and its outcomes, such as:
Students must also nominate the social justice project to which they would like to donate $500.00 and the details of the auspicing body to which their donation can be made.
Nicholas Steepe, Bachelor of Social Work Graduate
Nic's award recognises the outstanding work he completed as part of his Social Work placement at headspace Dubbo, a youth mental health service for 12 – 25 years of age, which is part of Marathon Health. During his placement Nic successfully lobbied for better awareness and support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning, and Asexual (LGBTIQA) young people in Dubbo and surrounding areas. Some of the activities Nic was involved in include:
Nic's achievements during his placement have been recognized by the community. In addition to the Lila Kirilik Memorial Social Justice graduation prize from CSU, he was awarded the La Trobe University Local Legend Award presented by the Foundation of Young Australians, and was a finalist for ACON's LGBTI Honour Awards in the category of Young Achiever.
"To be nominated and placed amongst such other well-deserving and outstanding students is overwhelming. To have been successful is incredible. I could not have done it without the amazing team at headspace Dubbo, Team Leader Rach, my onsite supervisor Ann-Maree Hartley, Paul, Jess, Melanie and Operations Manager Peter Rohr, and of course without the support of Raphael Chapman and Wendy Bowles. The last four years have been an incredible journey, and this is an amazing way to finish it off. A big thank you to my friends, family and peers for their support throughout my course. Thanks to having secured a paid position with headspace Dubbo as a result of the high standard of his work and the many achievements during his placement, Nic will be able to continue the work he started as a student. Well done Nic!
2011 - Mr Ty Green, Bachelor of Social Work
2010 - Mrs Michelle Knight, Bachelor of Social Work
2009 - Ms Lee-Anne Drewery, Bachelor of Social Work.
2008 - Ms Simran Rajkumar, Bachelor of Social Work & Mr David Post, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work
2007 - Michelle Smith, Bachelor of Social Work
2006 - Allison White, Bachelor of Social Work
2005 - Clare Sillence, Bachelor of Social Work
2004 - Louise Gestier, BSocSci(SocWel), University Medallist
This award consists of individual project grants up to $1,500.00 and group international or national study initiatives up to $1,500.00.
Social Justice Fund Grants aim to encourage social justice and social action initiatives. Two grants may be awarded per year.
Applicants will be students, staff or recent graduates, normally within one year of course completion involved in CSU Social Work and Human Services courses who have undertaken or are planning a social justice initiative and will carry it out and report on the outcomes.
Examples of possible social justice activities include - Conference attendance and conference paper presentation by students, community awareness campaigns, international initiatives, material aid projects, and the like. (See detailed examples below).
A grant application must:
This is limited to the following:
An initiative will not be funded where:
Applications are accepted until 1 July and 1 December in any year
Applications, must include the following information (4 pages maximum, 12 point font, 1.5 spacing):
Applicants will be notified of the decision one month after receipt of the application.
Approval will be granted by the Social Justice Awards Committee, comprising a Convenor and other members of the academic staff of the Social Work and Human Services. Committee members are excluded from considering their own applications.
Applicants must comply with all aspects of their proposal and report the outcomes within three months of the event for which funding was granted. The report will include a 150 word abstract of the project and any photographic material appropriate for website publication. Expenditures should be accounted for by receipt.
Up to two annually for study initiatives for human service and social work students to engage in group programmes aimed at education and action for social justice and human rights.
The grant aims to reduce the cost to students of study programmes for the whole group in order to increase accessibility of International study opportunities.
(The grant does not subsidise staff costs).
Successful completion of any of the undergraduate or post-graduate Social Work professional qualifying Course offerings of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The Student must be enrolled in Course(s): BSW; BA/BSW; or MSW(pq)
The prize is awarded to a student on the basis of demonstrated merit and commitment to selflessness and altruism in the Social Work course that has particular benefit to a disadvantaged individual, group or community. Students may prepare their application in consultation with their University Liaison Academic, Agency Supervisor and/or Subject Co-ordinator. The application should demonstrate merit in and commitment to the application of academic learning to practice that is:
The application will comprise the student's documentation of their achievements and supporting evidence of their method and its outcomes, such as references from their CSU Academic Liaison person and/or Agency Supervisor commenting on the student's sustained professional orientation, client group advocacy and application of academic learning to practice;
Students must also nominate the project within the Anglicare Regional Alliance network to which they would like to donate $400.00.
The Prize will be a cheque to the value of $400 (plus $400.00 to be donated to a programme of the student's choice) and an inscribed certificate issued by the University.
Prizes Committee of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences consisting of an Anglicare Regional Alliance Representative, The CEO of Anglicare Regional Alliance and the Course Director of Social Work Programs from CSU.
Jody Denny, Bachelor of Social Work Graduate
Jody's award recognizes her outstanding work while on placement with the Mid North Coast Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services.
A key element of Jody's role involved securing funding, organizing and staging a breakfast function designed to raise awareness among local businesses about the impact of Domestic Violence on their staff and workplaces.
Several months of hard work came to fruition in September this year, when Jody hosted the Wear White to Work Business Breakfast, with the support of White Ribbon Australia.
Dozens of local business owners and their staff gathered at the breakfast to hear from keynote speakers including local police, lawyers, business owners and the Mayor, Peter Besseling – himself a White Ribbon Ambassador.
The event proved a highly effective, targeted intervention for business owners around supportive practices and policies for addressing domestic violence in the workplace. This was evidenced by the evaluation responses, which revealed that many of the participants were intending to move towards making changes in their own workplaces following the breakfast.
Following the success of the event, Jody was invited to undertake some research on the inaugural 'White Ribbon Round' project in Port Macquarie, and was welcomed onto the working group for the White Ribbon Coastal Walk.
Through all of these roles, Jody has made a significant difference in her local community by raising awareness and challenging community attitudes around domestic violence.
2011 Kylie Clark, Bachelor of Social Work
Kylie mounted a successful campaign based upon raising consciousness on the value of non-clinical mental health, social connectedness, cohesion and respite. Additionally, she has worked tirelessly with children who have a parent with a mental illness (COPMI) who can often be an invisible and voiceless group. Taking a narrative approach, children were gently encouraged to select pictures or symbols which would be sewn onto their own individual blanket - 'Angel Blankets' tell the story of a child's strength, determination and courage and the process of working with each child to develop resilience. Noting the high number of retired people in her area and in consultation with one of the more disadvantaged schools, Kylie established a 'Community Readers' program. This program witnessed the bridging across generations and provided positive strong role models for the children and a valuable sense of social meaning for retired community members. The volunteers felt connected to their wider community and it provided younger children with an appreciation for the lived experiences of their elders. Her role was brokering the project between the school and providing education, transport and support to the community readers. Kylie has worked with community festivals, family fun days and school holiday programs. These opportunities enable the communities to come together and to be strengthened through diverse partnerships including Local Council, Rotary, National Parks and other government and non-government agencies. From these big events smaller needs are identified and from one of these events, a community exchange program was established. A local website was established whereby individuals could list their skills, trades and abilities. Kylie has also been involved in establishing a program for women in domestic violence relationships who also identify as having a mental health disorder. In 2010 Kylie participated in an international Volunteer Social Work study tour (India). Determined that her volunteer experience would continue, she and her ten year old daughter developed a proposal for action to raise money for the SAMPARC orphanage in India and the school made a commitment to sponsor five children from the orphanage. Over six hundred cupcakes were baked and sold in support of the children in the orphanage. An on-going programme has developed including a focus on child labour in India.
The prize recipient will have best demonstrated the integration of theory and regional practice, creating local solutions tailored to meet local needs especially in relation to care and protection issues with particular focus on breaking rather then managing disadvantage. The prize winning student must have demonstrated self insight and have been able to reflect on their practices in such a way that allowed them to move towards best practice in their interactions with children and families.
1. Final year Social Work , BSW or MSW (pq) Student graduating. 2. Successfully completed 2nd prac in a regional/remote location in NSW with FACS or with a funded community partner in the non-government sector working with children, adults, families and communities.
Fiona Fenton, Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) Graduate
Fiona's award acknowledges her outstanding work performance at FaCS, where she demonstrated exceptional skills, knowledge and professionalism throughout her placement.
The nature of direct practice with vulnerable families is acknowledged to be both personally and professionally challenging. Throughout her placement, Fiona's supervisors were continually impressed by her maturity and initiative toward developing the practice skills and self-care strategies that enable ongoing learning and wellbeing within this complex work environment.
Fiona's interpersonal skills enabled her to quickly become a valued member of the child protection team, where she treated other team members with respect, courtesy and integrity. Her openness to learning enabled her to participate in a range of professional development and group activities, in addition to direct practice with families and children across several of the child protection teams. Fiona's strengths oriented practice skills enabled her to work respectfully and positively with clients of FaCS.
Fiona demonstrated high level skills in understanding the complex legal and organisational requirements of practice within this context. She progressed successfully through the FaCS assessment centre, resulting in her being offered an ongoing position within the department at the completion of her studies. This reflects the confidence in her professional abilities and commitment to working with vulnerable families in this community.