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Meerilinga staff Celia Riordan, Hila Berman, Sarah Butler and Cory Mahumont were thrilled to be named state award winners.

Meerilinga in running for national title

MEERILINGA Family Centre in High Wycombe has been named as the 2018 WA Early Childhood Service of the Year in the Australian Early Education and Care Awards.

The team from Meerilinga will now head to the national awards on June 14, where they will have to give a ten minute presentation followed by an interview in front of a panel of early childhood experts.

Centre coordinator Hila Berman said she was extremely proud of the hard work her staff had put in over the last 12 months.

“It’s really great to get recognition for the hard work,” she said.

“We don’t do this to win awards but we feel like we’re working really hard every day as a whole team, so it’s really nice to win an award.”

Ms Berman said she would by flying to Sydney for the national awards with lead educator Celia Riordan and service coordinator Pat Hope, adding that she believed they would do well in the awards.

“I think we have a lot to offer, we’ve started working on our presentation and I believe we have a lot to share with the judging panel.”

By Liam Ducey

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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