Celebrating our 2021 STEPS Pathways College graduates

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Today the first of its kind College, STEPS Pathways College, celebrated the graduation of another group of their students.

The students capped off their College experience as they dressed up and walked across the stage, proudly receiving their certificates from Andrew Wallace MP, Member for Fisher.

The experience was also beautifully summarised by one of the graduates, Kate-Lyn Mackenzie, who delivered a powerful speech about how STEPS Pathways College has changed her life.

“I’ve learned so much and I can do so much more now,” Kate-Lyn said.

“To all future students of our College, be brave, chase your dreams and never give up. You are so capable,” she added.

Kate-Lyn and the other graduates will be joining the growing group of STEPS Pathways College alumni, young adults with disabilities and autism who now live independent and rewarding lives in the community.

The graduation was attended by many proud parents, relatives, and staffers; though the proudest person in the room was no doubt STEPS Pathways College founder, Carmel Crouch.

Ms. Crouch’s initial motivation for the College was to create a space that would drastically change the standard of living for young adults with a disability and autism.

“We’ve had the special privilege of being alongside these students in every step of their journey,” Ms. Crouch said.

“Each one of them is unique in their own way, and each have grown into amazing and capable individuals.”

“I have no doubt that we will hear about all the great things they go on to achieve in our community and it is heart-warming to know that we were a part of getting them there.”

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