For many people, success is measured in numbers. But Lieu Phan is not one that subscribes to that theory.
In her four years as part of Lansvale Public School she has been instrumental in raising significant funds for the school community.
In her role as P&C president she also helped grow the group from nine to more than 50 members.
Clearly they are two of her major highlights right?
I want to thank the school, teachers, parents, students and P&C members for all their help.
“No, I don’t base it on numbers or money,” she said.
“The feeling and energy put in together as a team and the whole process makes me prouder and being able to help in the community.”
It’s that attitude that led her being described as “one of the most sought after and consistent volunteers in the school's history” at the 2017 Minister's and Secretary's Awards for Excellence last week.
Phan, who now works as part of the school’s office staff, received one of only eight Public School Parent of the Year awards.
The mother of- three who arrived in Australia from Vietname in 1977 is an original PaTCH (Parents as Teachers Classroom Helpers) Program graduate and has implemented initiatives such as a Harmony Day Colour Run to promote multiculturalism and tolerance. Her support for and sensitivity towards families in need was described as “exemplary”.
“I'm very happy and privileged to win the award. I want to thank the school, teachers, parents, students and P&C members for all their help,” she said.
“I have learnt a lot about collaborating with others but for me I’m just happy to be able to contribute.”
Fairfield picked up two accolades at the Public Education Foundation awards.
Prairiewood High School school captain Annie Wong received a Minister's Award for Excellence in Student Achievement for her work in her school and wider community.
Annie is passionate about advocating for youth homelessness in the Fairfield area and last year helped organise a youth homelessness day where she worked with Father Chris Riley to run a fundraising BBQ.
She has worked as a volunteer with the Salvation Army and uses White Ribbon Day to raise issues of domestic violence and stamping out violence against women.