THE new head of an educational facility in town “feels grateful to call Leeton home”.
The Leeton campus of Western Riverina Community College has a new centre manager in Natalie O’Leary.
Ms O’Leary hit the ground running recently with a passion for vocational training and a desire to give back to the Leeton community.
With a background in mixed farming and irrigation and previously employed at the Department of Primary Industries Tocal College, she has had a variety of roles ranging from industry skills trainer through to traineeship co-ordinator.
Ms O’Leary said she was drawn to apply for the role as it would give her the chance to use her experience and skill set.
“I think there are many people who are unaware of the range of courses the college runs, and how they help a diverse range of people within our community,” she said.
“So for me, I’m excited to increase the number of courses delivered, diversify into other areas and showcase how adult learning can have a positive impact on people’s lives.
“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a person learn new skills that enhance their professional and personal life.”
Originally from Coonabarabran, Natalie moved to the area almost 15 years ago for work, then met her now husband who is a Leeton resident.
“I feel very fortunate to call Leeton home,” she said.
“The generosity and accepting nature of the people is something that has always stood out from the moment I arrived.”
Outside of work, Ms O’Leary is involved with the Leeton Show Society, along with sitting on the committee of the REA Leeton District Dressage Club and the newly-formed Riverina Riding Club.
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