Congratulations Tin, a Living Treasure!
Tin Hta Nu, a political refugee who fled Myanmar (Burma) in 1990 after her commitments to human rights during her university days meant her life was in danger, was awarded the Living Treasure Award (formerly Senior Citizen of the Year) at the recent Australia Day Awards.
Tin has been a valued asset to our College since she began teaching with us in 2005. She has taught the Burmese language, Buddhism and Asian and Middle Eastern Cooking. Our students have all thoroughly enjoyed Tin’s vast knowledge, enthusiasm, and dedication to give back to the community through lifelong learning. Some of Tin’s other accomplishments include establishing the Kendall-Kadaw Friendship School project; being a volunteer at the Kendall Community Op Shop, Kendall CWA, and Kendall Garden Club; being a Founding member of Kendall Community Centre’s The Meeting Place Café and initiating the Kendall Global Food Community Garden at the Centre. In 2010 Tin also initiated the Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group (MNCRSG).
The 2023 Port Macquarie-Hastings Australia Day Award recipients were announced on Thursday 26th of January at the event at The Glasshouse, recognising dedicated people in the community for their efforts in cultural, environmental and social progress.
Mayor Peta Pinson congratulated the recipients, saying their contributions exemplify Australian values – and the spirit of the Port Macquarie Hastings region.
“This year we received some outstanding nominations in the five award categories: the Environment Award, Community Organisation of the Year, Young Leader of the Year, Living Treasure and Citizen of the Year.
"I want to take this opportunity to commend all of our nominees and congratulate all of the winners who have shone so brightly during 2022.
“It is through your compassion and determination that you make our community a better place to live, work and play."
Again, congratulations Tin!