MEC Students recipients of Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health Award

Harmony Martin-Binks and Shelby Steel, year 11 students at Maryborough Education Centre (MEC)  are the successful recipients of the Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health Award for 2018 (LEPH2018). They underwent a vigorous application and interview process at school to receive this prestigious award.

The LEPH award was initiated by Melissa Jardine in 2016 to provide a cultural and educational experience for Year 11 students at MEC. Melissa is a former local student and school captain (1996). The award supports two students to attend the LEPH2018 Conference in Toronto held from 21st -24th October 2018. The students will be will be presenting a 45 minute session at the conference on the Department of Education and Training’s Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program that is taught at school. The Royal Commission into Family Violence identified the critical role that schools have in creating a culture of respect to change the story of family violence for future generations. In 2016, Respectful Relationships Education became a core component of the Victorian Curriculum. MEC participated in the pilot program in 2015 on which the current program is based, and MEC is now a lead school, showing others how crucial it is to educate young people about this complex issue. In their presentation, the students will also showcase the work of the Maryborough and Central Goldfields community in addressing Family Violence.

The purpose of the Award is:

  • To inspire students to pursue volunteer or professional experience which aims to improve the wellbeing of society.
  • To educate students about mechanisms for policy change and advocacy techniques
  • To provide an educational and cultural experience for students by attending international conference
  • To educate students on importance of intersection between law enforcement and public health in Australian and international contexts
  • To enhance student confidence in interacting with experts in LEPH, academics and practitioners
  • To expose students to range of career pathways
  • To increase partnerships linkages with local police to promote better police community relationships