Two dedicated GIER members, Dr Loraine McKay and Dr Tasha Riley, are delighted to share the news that one of their Homework Club Mentors, Ms Caroline (Carrie) Waugh, won the Community Organisation section of the Art Force Awards for the traffic box she painted as a gift of hope for community organisation, Beyond DV.

Artforce Brisbane is a Brisbane City Council community art program that gives residents the opportunity to paint original art works on traffic signal boxes around Brisbane

Pictured: Cassie Waugh & Dr Loraine McKay

Dr Riley says:

“Carrie is one of our the current third year pre service teachers in the BEd, and she took the initiative upon herself to research, design, organise, and manage this project on her own from start to finish.”

The beautiful artwork she created for the traffic box is entitled, “A Small Gift”, and was inspired by the relationships she developed with both the students and the families she worked with as a mentor within Homework Club. Carrie instigated the project with Art Force as a means of honouring and demonstrating her appreciation for this beautiful community.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner presented Ms Waugh with her award during the awards ceremony held at City Hall on Tuesday 26 April. It was such a great achievement for Carrie and her band of third year, PST, Homework Club helpers, including Kara Scaysbrook, Anthony Smith, Annabelle Bamford-Mareroa and Brittany Nordling. At the awards ceremony, Carolyn was also supported by fellow Homework Club mentors, Brittany Nordling and Tammy Gooch.

Carrie generously donated her monetary prize to Beyond DV to use for purchasing additional resources to enhance the Homework Club program. 

Dr Riley says:

“This is another demonstration of her both her generous heart and her strong commitment towards strengthening community.”

You can see Carolyn’s beautiful work for yourself at the corner of Old Cleveland Rd & Cavendish Rd, Coorparoo.

GIER wishes to acknowledge this truly remarkable achievement and the ongoing work of our members in transforming lives through learning.