Addiction to redemption: Unlikely tale leads to prestigious writing award

Georgia Tree and Grant Tree standing together

Georgia Tree with her dad Grant.

I can’t remember if I went first now, but I distinctly remember it was Ralphy who tied the fabric belt around my bicep and pulled it tight…I felt the pinch of the needle. When Ralphy undid the belt, I felt like I’d fallen into a hot bath. At the same time, I remember feeling nothing, not even my own skin. I felt so light, I thought I was dead. (Old Boy, page 78.)

When Curtin creative writing graduate Georgia Tree was in her 20s, she discovered shocking secrets about her father, Grant Tree.

The man who’d loved her, nurtured her interest in books, and taught her to read before she started primary school, was a former heroin addict, who spent time in Fremantle Prison for drug dealing.

During Covid, Georgia decided to write about her dad’s tumultuous past and unlikely friendship with notorious Perth drug dealer Brian Chambers (known as Charlie) in her book, Old Boy.

Old Boy

Old Boy.

Shortlisted for the prestigious Fogarty Literary Award in 2021, the book is a moving tale of addiction, dumb luck, love and redemption.

With a love for storytelling and writing, Georgia said she dreamed of becoming a writer one day, but never thought her passion could ever lead to a promising career path.

The self-described book worm said when applying for Curtin, she wasn’t sure what to study.

“I decided to study journalism initially but at the last minute changed to a creative writing degree,’’ she said.

“In my mind it wasn’t a feasible thing to be a creative writer. It wasn’t like a real job. But I absolutely loved it and ended up doing my Honours as well.”

Following graduation, and despite enjoying her degree, Georgia still wasn’t convinced she could make a career out of being a writer, so she returned to Curtin to study a Master of International Relations and National Security, with hopes of joining the world of politics.

Starting as a volunteer for the Labor Party, Georgia eventually working her way up to senior policy advisor.

However, writing still called to her and a niggle to tell a story about a brave man who escaped the grips of addiction, played on her mind.

Georgia Tree with her siblings

Grant Tree with his siblings in the 1960s.

“I knew I had to tell my dad’s story,’’ she said.

“He’d always told me I was the one to write his story and it was easily accessible to me. One of the first things we learn is ‘write what you know’.

“I thought, ‘no matter what it’s win-win, because I get to hear all these stories and it’s an amazing family and an interesting story as well.”

Told in parallel to her dad’s story, is the life of his friend, mentor and dealer Brian Geoffrey Chambers (known in the book as Charlie) who was executed in Malaysia in 1986 for drug dealing.

The pair met at Grant’s 20th birthday party and bonded over their shared taste in clothes, music and food.

For a brief but significant period, Georgia said their lives intertwined. And Brian recruited Grant to deal the heroin he was importing from Asia — even injecting him with a particularly potent batch of the drug.

“Dad became the go-to dealer for the surfers and musicians bumming around the western suburbs, while falling further into his own addiction and eventually living in his car,’’ she said.

In her book Old Boy, Georgia acknowledges her dad as being just your average, ordinary bloke.

“He grew up beachside in Perth’s western suburbs in the 1970s, when Perth was a ‘small-town’, perched on the edge of a vast coastline and riddled with heroin, which was trafficked in from South-East Asia and distributed from Fremantle Port,’’ she said.

An unstable childhood and fractured family with an absent mother, the likely trigger for his demise into the world of drugs.

At 19 Grant tried heroin at a party and soon succumbed to the grips of addiction.

An early morning raid by the cops a few years later, would land Grant in Perth’s most notorious and dangerous prisons – Fremantle Prison for four years.

The experience, ultimately changed his life.

I don’t really remember making a conscious choice to stop. It wasn’t like a switch had turned off in my head or anything like that, I just didn’t seek it out when I was inside. I can’t say I didn’t ever try it again. Any drug addict will tell you relapses are inevitable. And it’s embarrassing as hell. But they were few and far between. (Old Boy, page 140.)

Despite being excited about telling her father’s story, Georgia said there was much she didn’t know about his life, and she said she found the experience confronting, even painful at times.

Grant Tree

A young Grant Tree loved playing sport.

“It wasn’t until adulthood that he told me about his incarceration and his drug addiction. He hinted at it, but I didn’t know the extent of it until later years, or the detail until we sat down when writing this book,” she said.

“The words, ‘I went to jail’ are jarring to hear from a parent because you just don’t expect it.

“It was shocking, I suppose. It’s just one of those things you think doesn’t happen to your family. As a child you are often cushioned from the realities of family dysfunction, or relationships that are strained…so reckoning with that as an adult has been an interesting experience.”

While Georgia’s dad managed to get clean and start a new life for himself, his good friend Brian was executed under Malaysia’s tough new drug laws – which were an attempt to crack down on the flourishing drug trade in the region.

The case made international headlines at the time with Australia’s then-Prime Minister Bob Hawke making a plea to Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, for a stay of execution.

His representations were ignored, and he later described the hangings as ‘barbaric’, affecting Australia’s relations with Malaysia for more than a decade. 

For years following, her dad grappled with why his life was spared while his friend’s wasn’t.

“Sometimes it all comes down to chance. Life and the world are inherently chaotic,’’ Georgia said.

“Anything could happen. Your parent could go to jail, you could go to jail, you could find yourself in this situation. There’s no binary right or wrong where good people don’t go to jail and bad people do.”

While writing Old Boy, Georgia said she felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

“My dad taught me how to read before I started school and for that I am grateful,” she said.

“Dad is very proud of the book. He’s proud of me anyway but, based on the number of books he’s asked me to sign and give to his friends, I think he’s pretty happy with it.”

These days, Georgia is a Senior Advisor in the Albanese Government, a role she loves.

“It’s fascinating. It’s really interesting and amazing being in the room where decisions are made,” she says.

“There’s also a lot of creativity in politics. I do more policy and strategy than communications but do get to write speeches and definitely lend my hand when there’s some writing to be done.”

So, what’s next?

“I’ve actually started to think about my next book. Possibly an Agatha Christie style mystery/thriller,” Georgia said.

“I’ve already started jotted down some notes.”

Watch this space.

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Curtin graduate and Founder & Owner of The Real Healthy HQ CaAtherine Meredith is passionate about supporting the next generation of Curtin business leaders. 📚💡

On a mission to give back to the Curtin community and help shape the next generation of industry professionals, CaAtherine decided to get involved in Curtin’s Faculty of Business & Law Internship program.

Through the 12-week program, CaAtherine was able to impart her wealth of marketing and business knowledge to Curtin Marketing student Kyra Otega as part of the program.

Having just completed the program, CaAtherine and Kyra share their experiences. 💛

𝟏. 𝐂𝐚𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦?
As a proud Curtin Alumni, being a mentor allows me to share my experiences, insights, and knowledge with the next generation of business leaders, and I am excited to support and guide them on their journey!
 
𝟐. 𝐊𝐲𝐫𝐚, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞?
Working with CaAtherine and the Real Healthy HQ has taught me a lot about the practical side of marketing. Learning these lessons has built my confidence greatly, before beginning my internship it was hard to see myself as a professional Marketer rather than a Marketing student.
 
𝟑. 𝐂𝐚𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐧𝐢 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲?
I encourage fellow alumni to get involved, as their contribution as a mentor could be exactly what a mentee needs to elevate their abilities and become work-ready. Your guidance and experience can make a lasting difference in their journey.

Contact Curtin FBL Student Experience Coordinator Yen Hieu at fblengagement@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 🧑‍💻

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Curtin graduate and Founder & Owner of The Real Healthy HQ CaAtherine Meredith is passionate about supporting the next generation of Curtin business leaders. 📚💡

On a mission to give back to the Curtin community and help shape the next generation of industry professionals, CaAtherine decided to get involved in Curtin’s Faculty of Business & Law Internship program.

Through the 12-week program, CaAtherine was able to impart her wealth of marketing and business knowledge to Curtin Marketing student Kyra Otega as part of the program.

Having just completed the program, CaAtherine and Kyra share their experiences. 💛

𝟏. 𝐂𝐚𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦?
As a proud Curtin Alumni, being a mentor allows me to share my experiences, insights, and knowledge with the next generation of business leaders, and I am excited to support and guide them on their journey!
 
𝟐. 𝐊𝐲𝐫𝐚, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞?
Working with CaAtherine and the Real Healthy HQ has taught me a lot about the practical side of marketing. Learning these lessons has built my confidence greatly, before beginning my internship it was hard to see myself as a professional Marketer rather than a Marketing student.
 
𝟑. 𝐂𝐚𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐧𝐢 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲?
I encourage fellow alumni to get involved, as their contribution as a mentor could be exactly what a mentee needs to elevate their abilities and become work-ready. Your guidance and experience can make a lasting difference in their journey.

Contact Curtin FBL Student Experience Coordinator Yen Hieu at fblengagement@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 🧑‍💻

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Mentoring #Business #Industry #Experience #Mentorship #ProfessionalDevelopment #WorkExperience #Leadership #Marketing #Perth #Coaching #Education #Entrepreneur
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However, after noticing a rapid decline of canopy cover in his home country over the years, Dean had to take action.
 
After graduating from Curtin, the Accounting & Finance graduate founded Planters – a conservation program turned public company whose main goal is to preserve biodiversity through strategic reforestation.

Since 2008, Planters has been restoring and protecting hectares of forest throughout Malaysia, including the National Botanic Gardens Shah Alam.

Last month, the company revealed it’s exciting new cutting-edge digital technology representing a significant advancement towards safeguarding Malaysia’s invaluable forests and biodiversity.

Read more in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆

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Growing up in the tropical climate of Kuala Lumpur, Sadruddin (Dean) was fortunate to live within minutes of lush forest. 🌲🌱

However, after noticing a rapid decline of canopy cover in his home country over the years, Dean had to take action.

After graduating from Curtin, the Accounting & Finance graduate founded Planters – a conservation program turned public company whose main goal is to preserve biodiversity through strategic reforestation.

Since 2008, Planters has been restoring and protecting hectares of forest throughout Malaysia, including the National Botanic Gardens Shah Alam.

Last month, the company revealed it’s exciting new cutting-edge digital technology representing a significant advancement towards safeguarding Malaysia’s invaluable forests and biodiversity.

Read more in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆

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What does it take to become a successful marketer in today’s world? 💻🌏💡

Curtin Marketing Association President Sean Palm caught up with the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the Perth International Cabaret Festival, Alison Welburn to gain some valuable insights on how to become a professional marketer.

Since graduating from Curtin, Alison has acquired more than 30 years’ experience working within the WA arts sector, and is the Founder and Owner of Limelight Consulting, a bespoke Arts PR and Marketing consultancy. 🎭

Alison shares her top tips on how to make it in the marketing industry. Watch the full interview via the link in bio. 🔗

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What does it take to become a successful marketer in today’s world? 💻🌏💡

Curtin Marketing Association President Sean Palm caught up with the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the Perth International Cabaret Festival, Alison Welburn to gain some valuable insights on how to become a professional marketer.

Since graduating from Curtin, Alison has acquired more than 30 years’ experience working within the WA arts sector, and is the Founder and Owner of Limelight Consulting, a bespoke Arts PR and Marketing consultancy. 🎭

Alison shares her top tips on how to make it in the marketing industry. Watch the full interview via the link in bio. 🔗

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What a wonderful time celebrating Curtin University Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary last week! 🎊
 
Ahead of the celebrations over the weekend in Miri, our team caught up with some of our incredible alumni in Kuala Lumpur.
 
Hear their special message below. 👇
 
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What a wonderful time celebrating Curtin University Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary last week! 🎊
 
Ahead of the celebrations over the weekend in Miri, our team caught up with some of our incredible alumni in Kuala Lumpur.
 
Hear their special message below. 👇
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Miri #KualaLumpar #University #HigherEducation #Education #Graduates #Community #Friends #Memories #Graduations #Leaders
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Congratulations to all of our new Curtin Malaysia alumni who graduated today at the Curtin Malaysia Graduation Ceremony! 🎉✨🎓

Such a proud and momentous occasion, we can’t wait to see where your Curtin degree will take you. 

Welcome to our alumni family!! 👏🏽👏🏽💛💛

See your friends in the video? Tag them in the comments below. 👇🏽

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Congratulations to all of our new Curtin Malaysia alumni who graduated today at the Curtin Malaysia Graduation Ceremony! 🎉✨🎓

Such a proud and momentous occasion, we can’t wait to see where your Curtin degree will take you.

Welcome to our alumni family!! 👏🏽👏🏽💛💛

See your friends in the video? Tag them in the comments below. 👇🏽

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Curtin Finance & Marketing graduate Jane Teh is passionate about bringing people together to create amazing opportunities. 🤝🌏
 
As President of the Curtin Malaysia Alumni Chapter and a respected Corporate Trainer and Consultant, Jane is looking forward to celebrating Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary with our current and future graduates.
 
Thank you Jane for showing us around your home city of Kuala Lumpur, we had the best time eating and walking (13,000 steps) our way around the City.
 
We can’t wait to enjoy a Cham with you again soon! 💛
 
As we celebrate 25 years of our amazing Curtin Malaysia alumni community, Jane shares what she loves the most about being an alumna and career advice for aspiring graduates looking to excel in their careers. 🎉🎓
 
Read the full interview with Jane via the link in bio. 👆
 
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Curtin Finance & Marketing graduate Jane Teh is passionate about bringing people together to create amazing opportunities. 🤝🌏
 
As President of the Curtin Malaysia Alumni Chapter and a respected Corporate Trainer and Consultant, Jane is looking forward to celebrating Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary with our current and future graduates.
 
Thank you Jane for showing us around your home city of Kuala Lumpur, we had the best time eating and walking (13,000 steps) our way around the City.
 
We can’t wait to enjoy a Cham with you again soon! 💛
 
As we celebrate 25 years of our amazing Curtin Malaysia alumni community, Jane shares what she loves the most about being an alumna and career advice for aspiring graduates looking to excel in their careers. 🎉🎓
 
Read the full interview with Jane via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Interview #Business #Global #Travel #KualaLumpar
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What a beautiful night celebrating Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary with our amazing alumni in Kuala Lumpur. Thank you to everyone who came, we loved seeing you!! ❤️❤️

Are you a Curtin alumni in Malaysia? Get involved in Curtin Malaysia’s Lost Alumni Project by updating your details via the link in bio. 👆

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What a beautiful night celebrating Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary with our amazing alumni in Kuala Lumpur. Thank you to everyone who came, we loved seeing you!! ❤️❤️

Are you a Curtin alumni in Malaysia? Get involved in Curtin Malaysia’s Lost Alumni Project by updating your details via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Community #International #Graduates #Global
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From YouTube star to creative director, Curtin graduate Jin Lim (also known as @jinnyboy) has come a long way from his content creating days. 🎬🎥
 
The former radio DJ is now founder of his own production house and social media agency – Aspect Ratio Studios. 🚀

It was so lovely catching up with Jin and hearing all about his exciting and impressive career journey.
 
“While I loved being a Youtuber for 10 years and building my channel, as I got older and started a family, I wanted to create something a bit more sustainable,’’ he said.
 
“Under our agency, aspiring creatives like writers and directors have a platform or playground to do whatever they like without guidelines.”

You have a special way of bringing stories to life Jin and we look forward to seeing what’s next for Aspect Ratio Studios. 🎓✨
 
As we mark Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary, Jin shares his fondest Curtin Malaysia memories with us below. 👇

Are you a Curtin alumni in Malaysia? Get involved in Curtin Malaysia’s Lost Alumni Project by updating your details here: https://shorturl.at/6Ne1n
 
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From YouTube star to creative director, Curtin graduate Jin Lim (also known as @jinnyboy) has come a long way from his content creating days. 🎬🎥
 
The former radio DJ is now founder of his own production house and social media agency – Aspect Ratio Studios. 🚀

It was so lovely catching up with Jin and hearing all about his exciting and impressive career journey.
 
“While I loved being a Youtuber for 10 years and building my channel, as I got older and started a family, I wanted to create something a bit more sustainable,’’ he said.
 
“Under our agency, aspiring creatives like writers and directors have a platform or playground to do whatever they like without guidelines.”

You have a special way of bringing stories to life Jin and we look forward to seeing what’s next for Aspect Ratio Studios. 🎓✨
 
As we mark Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary, Jin shares his fondest Curtin Malaysia memories with us below. 👇

Are you a Curtin alumni in Malaysia? Get involved in Curtin Malaysia’s Lost Alumni Project by updating your details here: https://shorturl.at/6Ne1n
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #KualaLumpar #SocialMedia #ContentCreator #JinnyBoy #Influencer #BusinessLeader #Business #Global
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Curtin graduate Nikki Di Costa is passionate about making our communities happier and healthier through the power of yoga and education. 🧘📚 

Living out of home and studying to become a pharmacist at Curtin, Nikki discovered yoga for the first time through her housemate and the rest became history. 

In 2015, Nikki started instructing yoga in a small rural WA town of just 4000 people, nowadays she is @cityofbayswater’s resident yoga instructor and also teaches through her holistic health and wellness business, @corehealthshift. 

“I love instructing as I can give back to the community through running parents and bubs classes. Having three kids myself,  I know how hard it can be to make time for exercise. It feels so good to be able to give back to these parents that may be struggling. Knowing that you can make a difference to one person’s life, that’s amazing!” she said. 

Nikki isn’t just passionate about giving back through the power of yoga, she is also a dedicated educator here at Curtin, working as a Sessional Tutor in the School of Management and Marketing. 🍎📚

This year marks Nikki’s 30th anniversary of being at Curtin, from taking dreaded exams in Hollis Lecture Theatre (building 401), she’s now educating and empowering our next generation of changemakers. 💛 

“Curtin has given me the opportunity to be educated and now I’m able to return that gift and give back through educating and mentoring future generations. Continuous learning is something that has always been instilled in me,” she said. 

Discover more inspiring Curtin alumni stories in Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆 

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Anniversary #Pharmacy #Business #SmallBusiness #Yoga #Education #HigherEducation #Perth #Teacher #Leaders #Health #Wellness

Curtin graduate Nikki Di Costa is passionate about making our communities happier and healthier through the power of yoga and education. 🧘📚

Living out of home and studying to become a pharmacist at Curtin, Nikki discovered yoga for the first time through her housemate and the rest became history.

In 2015, Nikki started instructing yoga in a small rural WA town of just 4000 people, nowadays she is @cityofbayswater’s resident yoga instructor and also teaches through her holistic health and wellness business, @corehealthshift.

“I love instructing as I can give back to the community through running parents and bubs classes. Having three kids myself,  I know how hard it can be to make time for exercise. It feels so good to be able to give back to these parents that may be struggling. Knowing that you can make a difference to one person’s life, that’s amazing!” she said.

Nikki isn’t just passionate about giving back through the power of yoga, she is also a dedicated educator here at Curtin, working as a Sessional Tutor in the School of Management and Marketing. 🍎📚

This year marks Nikki’s 30th anniversary of being at Curtin, from taking dreaded exams in Hollis Lecture Theatre (building 401), she’s now educating and empowering our next generation of changemakers. 💛

“Curtin has given me the opportunity to be educated and now I’m able to return that gift and give back through educating and mentoring future generations. Continuous learning is something that has always been instilled in me,” she said.

Discover more inspiring Curtin alumni stories in Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Anniversary #Pharmacy #Business #SmallBusiness #Yoga #Education #HigherEducation #Perth #Teacher #Leaders #Health #Wellness
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Greetings from our team in Kuala Lumpur!!! 🌏👋🇲🇾
 
Ahead of Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary celebrations in Miri this weekend, our Head of Engagement Caroline Robson and Editor-in-Chief of Curtin Commons Carmelle Wilkinson are catching up with some of our amazing alumni in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. 🎉🎓

Their first stop is coffee (of course) and then plenty of posing with celebrity photographer and bestselling author Kid Chan.
 
According to @tatlermagazine, the Bachelor of Commerce graduate is one of 100 people you must know in Asia!
 
Read about Kid’s exciting career journey from business executive to world renowned photographer in Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Interview #Photography #Photographer #BusinessLeader #Business #Global

Greetings from our team in Kuala Lumpur!!! 🌏👋🇲🇾
 
Ahead of Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary celebrations in Miri this weekend, our Head of Engagement Caroline Robson and Editor-in-Chief of Curtin Commons Carmelle Wilkinson are catching up with some of our amazing alumni in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. 🎉🎓

Their first stop is coffee (of course) and then plenty of posing with celebrity photographer and bestselling author Kid Chan.
 
According to @tatlermagazine, the Bachelor of Commerce graduate is one of 100 people you must know in Asia!
 
Read about Kid’s exciting career journey from business executive to world renowned photographer in Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Interview #Photography #Photographer #BusinessLeader #Business #Global
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