Alan Kiefer’s legacy lives on

Each year, the Australian Industry Trade College awards the Alan Kiefer scholarship to one Year 12 young person from each campus. Alan Kiefer was a financial planner with Skylight Financial Solutions from 2013 until he passed away in May of 2018. Alan was always a positive influence to those around him, living by the idea that there was always good to be found, even in the worst of situations.

The successful recipients of the scholarship have commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship, completed community services at or outside the College, and exemplify the AITC values and leadership qualities. The recipients of the 2020 Alan Kiefer scholarship were recently confirmed and the College is proud to announce the recipients are Tom Bisbas from the Gold Coast, Cody Garland from Redlands, and Jack McNamara from the Sunshine Coast.

Year 12 young person Tom Bisbas is pursuing a career in the plumbing industry, which he hopes will take him all over the world. Tom plans to work in different countries and learn from diverse cultures with the goal of ultimately leading a team to create meaningful change in the developing world. Tom volunteers his time as a surf lifesaver at the Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving Club on weekends and is also a member of the surf boat rowing crew. Tom strives to lead by example in every instance, and embody all of the AITC values.

Cody Garland is pursuing a career as an electrician, an industry he is already excelling in, having won first prize at the regional World Skills contest. Cody spent five years volunteering at the Mt Gravatt Eagles Junior Rugby League Club, where his duties included setting up for games, refereeing, helping with

raffles and assisting around the clubhouse. Cody strives to embody the AITC value of respect in all he does, believing it is integral for one to respect themselves, and others at work, school, and in one’s personal life. Cody believes that being respectful of others includes being authentic and true to yourself and those around you.

Hailing from the AITC Sunshine Coast campus, Jack McNamara is pursuing a career as a mechanic and is a College leader. Having had a strong interest in fixing things and cars since he was young, mechanics is the perfect career choice for Jack. The Year 12 young person has a passion for connecting with and supporting young people experiencing anxiety and depression, and has been working with Lives Lived Well this year. Jack embodies all of the AITC values and has a strong connection to the value of mateship. Jack always strives to include others and make them feel important. He believes everyone should be treated equally, and that nobody should be left behind.