Emma Hopkins_Bachelor of Community Services student_Box Hill Institute

Bachelor of Community Services

With a desire to fill the gaps in community services, Emma Hopkins-Curry is determined to ensure other people have the support that she did not. As a widow in her 30s, Emma discovered that there was very little support for young widows, so in 2013, she started a support group for bereaved spouses under 50 called the WWSG (Widow and Widower Support Group).

“The group started off quite small but quickly grew and we now have over 150 members and meet monthly. We have added Geelong and Canberra sectors, and are working on a Bendigo one to reach the rural community better,” said Emma.

Emma initially completed the Certificate IV and then a Diploma of Community Services at local community houses, and then moved to Box Hill Institute to enrol in the degree course in 2015.

“I never thought I would ever consider a Bachelor degree, yet here I am at the end of my second year,” she said.

“I feel that with a degree in community services work, the more life experiences you’ve had, the better. I will be entering into the career of my dreams just as I turn 40 with 10 and 14-year-old daughters. I will be so proud to show them that you’re never too old to do what you want to do.”

Nominator Rose Wake said in her nomination, “Emma is a diligent student who demonstrates a real hunger for learning. Even in the face of adversity she always has a positive outlook and takes on challenges as learning experiences. Emma strives for excellence in her studies and her personal life, and that inspired me to nominate her.”