Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

O What a Quick 20 Years

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

O What a Quick 20 Years

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Byline: MARNIE JOHNSTON news@northernstar.com.au

IN THE Northern Star's coverage of the first O Week at Southern Cross University in 1994, Noreen Ame (now known as Noreen Chambers) was pictured checking out her new course material.

Back then she was 26, had just moved to Lismore from Papua New Guinea - a brave move for a young woman with an eight-month-old son.

"It took me a while to get back into the student mode," she said.

"I had no one to help me look after my son, so it took me while to adjust to being a student again. Fortunately other PNG students chipped in and helped me and I was able to settle in."

She had secured an AusAid scholarship through her employer the PNG National Museum and Art Gallery where she had worked as a public relations officer.

Now, 20 years later, Mrs Chambers works for UNICEF Papua New Guinea helping to improve the welfare of women and children.

Getting an education at SCU changed her life, now she's changing the lives of others as she travels around the country delivering health, education, child protection and HIV/AIDs programs as a UNICEF PNG communication officer. …

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