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Well done Mary

Two trophies for top apprentice

Excerpt courtesy of the Dungog Chronicle;

Mary Cotterill from Stroud Butchery has been named the best of the best in a male dominated industry.

The 38-year-old who has always wanted to be a butcher has been honoured with Apprentice of the Year in Meat Processing Certificate II.

But that’s not all – she also received the Phil Darby Memorial Award for a student who has endured hardship and obstacles during their apprenticeship.

“I pretty much knew I was getting apprentice of the year but I had no idea about the memorial award,” she said.

“I was a stay-at-home mum with a four-year-old when I started the apprenticeship so had to balance family, doing heavy work lifting carcasses, long hours in the shop and then doing bookwork at home on a Sunday.

To read the story in full www.dungogchronicle.com.au

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