David McAlister with Richelle Grant and last year?s Apprentice of the Year and recipient of the 2004 Norm Beaton Award, Edward
David McAlister with Richelle Grant and last year?s Apprentice of the Year and recipient of the 2004 Norm Beaton Award, Edward

Doesn?t get much better for Natacha

NATACHA Lawlor couldn't have asked for a better weekend.

With sold-out Splendour in the Grass tickets safely in her possession, Natacha was already guaranteed a time to remember, regardless of what else happened.

But someone was smiling down on the hospitality management student, her weekend getting even better when she was named the recipient of the 2005 North Coast Vocational Student of the Year.

Unable to attend Saturday night's NSW Training Awards, Natacha made do with celebrating her achievement dancing to the likes of The Living End and Queens of the Stone Age.

The award recognises outstanding achievements of students undertaking study and training in a Vocational Education field.

Natacha completed her Diploma of Hospitality and Management through the International School of Hotel, Catering and Tourism Management at the TAFE North Coast Institute's Coffs Harbour Education Campus.

She is now seeking a career which relates to her specific passions in hospitality, especially in wine, marketing and promotion.

A number of other people also had reason to celebrate, with a total of 10 awards given out during the nights pro- ceedings, held at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort.

Grafton's David McAlister had a fantastic night, taking out two of this year's awards.

He first made his way to the stage as the recipient of the 2005 Norm Beaton Memorial Award ? Automotive.

This award is a perpetual trophy in memory of Norm Beaton who was a well-known personality in Coffs Harbour and in the automotive industry. Presenting the award was Norm's granddaughter, Ri- chelle Grant.

His name was then called out for second time, this for the prestigious 2005 North Coast Apprentice of the Year.

David is employed at Cummins Engine Company at Grafton as a fourth year apprentice in Automotive Heavy Vehicle (Road Transport).

He attended the Tamworth ? New England TAFE College and his results include numerous distinctions.

The Coffs Coast had plenty to be proud of, represented by a number of finalists.

John Paul College student, Anna Lindsay, was among the three finalists in the Vocational School Student of the Year with Coffs Harbour High School's Brendan Hawken a finalist in the 2005 North Coast Achievement Award.

The Plantation Hotel was a finalist in the North Coast Small Business of the Year Award, but lost out to Kyogle's The Iron Pot Food Company.

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