SIT Bachelor of Applied Media Arts student Felicia Goffin was given an exciting opportunity to make a presentation to the Rotary Club of Invercargill last Tuesday 15 July. Goffin spoke about her experience at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, for which she was nominated and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Invercargill. The awards were held in Berwick, near Dunedin during Easter earlier this year. Goffin explained to the club members that throughout the event there were different daily focuses of teamwork, self-work, family, and community. Participants were pushed outside of their comfort zone both mentally and physically through a number of challenges and activities.
SIT Bachelor of Applied Media Arts Programme Manager Kathryn Mitchell was thrilled that Felicia was given the opportunity from the Rotary Club of Invercargill. “The Bachelor of Applied Media Arts encourages students to think outside the confines of the status quo in order to discover and innovate. The problem solving and resilience necessary to accept and move pass failures while moving into completely new areas and ways of thinking has been supported by Felicia’s experience at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp giving her the confidence and determination to step out into the uncharted territory where the kind of learning that is directly applicable to the challenges in the real world are found.”
Guest speakers at the awards included Rally Car driver Rhys Gardner, Paula Hellyer from a PR and Marketing firm in Dunedin and Lucinda Vincent an employment lawyer. The participants were also taken to meet senior managers at major firms such as Bob King from Fisher and Paykel in Dunedin and Colin Brown creator of TracMap in Mosgiel to get perspectives about how their companies are led and how they work together as a team. Goffin also added that the participants were given training from Alistair Dickie, a member of the Dunedin Police Emergency Response Team about social media safety and how to look after your team.
Goffin concluded her presentation saying that “I am really grateful to The Rotary Club of Invercargill for giving me the opportunity to take part in the event.”