Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Proud to inspire students who inspire us

I'd like to tell you about one of our amazing students/ recent graduates. Lochlann Fanning has shown steely resolve to complete his undergraduate degree, overcoming challenges associated with an acquired brain injury caused by a horse accident at the age of 11.

For the last few years, Lochlann has applied his strong work ethic at the Gracemere Saleyards, undertaking strenuous outdoor work, cleaning cattle yards and monitoring cattle numbers, as well as hitting the books to complete his Accounting studies.

His acquired brain injury affects his mobility and also means it takes him a little more time to process information.

Lochlann was still determined to achieve his long-term goal of a 'white collar' career path so he enrolled in a Bachelor of Accounting degree at CQUniversity.

Along the journey to his recent graduation, support and guidance from the Uni's Inclusion and Accessibility team assisted Lochlann with meeting his course requirements. Lochlann also said that he was grateful that CQUniversity recognised his strengths and supported him to graduate with his degree.

This week is Disability Action Week which is why I wanted to share with you this remarkable story. If Lochlann's story doesn't inspire action then i'm not sure what will. 

I'm regularly inspired by our students and Lochlann's journey has really captured my imagination. Congratulations on completing your studies Lochlann, you should be very, very proud. 

Lochlann with Disability and Inclusion Officer Natalie Vonthien

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