The Golden Key South African office is proud to announce that Chanette de Beer is the deserving 2010 Regional Student Leader of the Year. Chanette is am currently a forth year Occupational Therapy student and plans to graduate at the end of this year. She has passed all three years with distinctions and plans to receive her baccularis in Occupational Therapy with distinction.
She has been placed at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital for her community service year in 2011. Chanette was inducted as a new member of Golden Key in 2008. In 2009, she was elected as the Community Service Director on the Executive Committee at the University of the Free State. She grew drastically in that year, her community service projects included helping a orphanage for HIV children, assisting physically disabled people by contributing to wheelchair rally, contributing books to a school for death and blind students, working with Marlene Jooste on the your a star project, helping two crèches in the community in terms of clothes for children in winter and giving out food in the community. She says, "In this year we also received the community service chapter award, it was amazing. In 2010 I had the privileged of leading the Free State chapter as President. This was an amazing year and I grew not only on a professional level but also on a personal level." Her future ambitions include "getting married in December so I would love to be a good wife and just enjoy married life for a year. There after I would like to obtain my masters in the clinical area of hand pathology and continue to do my PHD". What receiving this award means to Chanette is: "It was an honor to receive the award for student leader of the year. I truly strive for excellence in everything I do and I am a motivated and an active Golden Key member.
This award was a validation that hard work does pay of and that anyone can achieve their goals when they persevere. I want to thank Golden Key not only for this award but also for the countless opportunities they provide us, as students, with". Congratulations Chanette!