Gloria Hill is making waves in the NSW Department of Corrective Services, and for all the right reasons.

She became the NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the 2008 Training Awards in Sydney last week, after being named as the regional winner in July.

Gloria was nominated by the Brush Farm Corrective Services Custodial Training Unit and received the honour for her ongoing commitment to education and training. The ceremony was a glamorous affair held in the Grand Hall of Sydney’s Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Seated amongst the assistant commissioner for human resources and three superintendents from the academy, Gloria said it was a giant thrill to be part of such a significant event.

It was absolutely wonderful, she said.

I was on a buzz, it was like being at the Logies.

I’ve never been to anything like it.

But Gloria’s journey hasn’t all been about the glitz and glamour. She has put in the hard yards, working in some tough jobs and putting extra effort into study and training to get where she is today.