Former Whitireia journalism student wins New Horizons Award
FORMER Whitireia Polytechnic journalism student Liz Wylie was presented with a Second Chance Education Awards by the New Horizons for Women Trust this week.
The Second Chance Awards are for older women who are retraining for different jobs.
Ms Wylie applied for the award late last year, when she had almost finished the Diploma of Multimedia Journalism.
“I’m not sure why they chose me; I know they had quite a few applicants,” said Ms Wylie.
Ms Wylie had had a wide range of jobs, from painting window signs to photographing people at restaurants and nightclubs in Sydney, before entering the Whitireia journalism course.
She worked for a long time with people with mental disabilities, and in the general area of mental health before training as an adult literacy tutor.
She enjoyed her work as an adult literacy tutor. “That’s something I could probably still do in conjunction with journalism,” she said.
A move into journalism was not a hard decision for her.
Last year, Ms Wylie said, the timing was right for a move to Wellington (where her course was) from Christchurch. Her daughter had just moved up to Auckland for her studies and her own house had been red-zoned after the Christchurch earthquake.
“It was something I had always wanted to do, back in the 90s I did a one- year course at the community college in Christchurch. I really enjoyed it and I would have liked to have taken it further then, but there were no opportunities in Christchurch and I had a young child, so I wasn’t in a position to move cities,” Ms Wylie said.
Ms Wylie has led a varied life an has many interests.
“I’ve been a singer. It’s never been professional, but I’ve sung in a few punk bands in the early 80s, and then sort of moved to more rock-a-billy stuff in more recent years.
“I like doing crafty sort of things, like handcrafting things, and I’m really interested in film, but I’m just interested in anything I haven’t experienced before, I’m very open to new experiences.”
The Second Chance award was not Ms Wylie’s only award this year. She also received the North & South Feature Writing award at the Whitireia diploma’s prize-giving for an article on the restoration of sexual health pioneer Ettie Rout’s grave.