Raised in the Philippines, Mrs Morrell migrated to Australia at age 23. She worked for two years as a dental assistant in New South Wales, with the hopes of pursuing a formal dental assisting course to further her career prospects.
Upon moving to Victoria, Mrs Morrell clinched a role at a dental clinic that offered the Certificate III in Dental Assisting traineeship as part of the package, enabling her to enrol at Bendigo TAFE.
“It was great to study and work at the same time. What I learnt in theory at night could be put into practice during the day. It kept me on my toes and it kept me aware of everything I needed to do in my role,” Mrs Morrell said.
“Bendigo TAFE ensured that my education was world-class and very up-to-date, and the traineeship has helped me solidify my love and passion for the field.
“I would like to thank everyone at Bendigo TAFE; everyone there plays a key role in delivering courses to students like me. I would also like to thank my husband, family, friends, mentors, and colleagues. I wouldn't be here right now without their outstanding support.”
Earlier this year, Mrs Morrell was also named Bendigo TAFE’s Trainee of the Year. Since graduating, she has progressed into the role of Senior Dental Nurse. In addition to regular work, the 28-year-old also applies her skills in various community projects, including the Victorian Government’s Smile Squad and Bendigo Health’s dental outreach program.
“As I have progressed in my dental assisting journey, I have learned how extensive the dental field is and the vital role we play in people's lives,” Mrs Morrell said.
“I hope to advocate for greater awareness and acknowledgement of the dental community and its services. Having a healthy mouth is part of having a happy life.”
Ms Curtain congratulated both student winners on their success at the 2022 Victorian Training Awards.
“Desirae stands out for her commitment to vocational education and training – not only in improving her own prospects, but also in helping other First Nations people pursue success,” Ms Curtain.
“Franchesca’s journey embodies the beauty of traineeships where students can learn as they earn, formally gaining skills that enhances their career prospects.
“Bendigo TAFE is immensely proud of the achievements of both Desirae and Franchesca, and we wish them the best for the upcoming Australian Training Awards.”