We introduce Shawn Buie of Hornsby Prestige Smash Repairs and Parviz Hasanyer of Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs, third year autobody repair apprentices at Campbelltown TAFE.
Shawn was born and raised on the Central Coast of NSW, attending Kincumber High, whilst Parviz was born in Afghanistan, came to Australia when he was 10 years old and attended Nepean High and is now a proud Australian citizen. However, Shawn and Parviz have something in common that sets them apart from their peers and they share a real bond – but we’ll get to that.
Shawn was drawn to the industry from an early age. “My brother is a truck mechanic and my cousin is a panel beater, so I really got an early feel for life in the trade.” Shawn works at Hornsby Prestige Smash Repairs where he implements the skills he learns at Campbelltown TAFE, a trip he is happy to make to learn his trade. Parviz is “more local” as he lives in Wentworthville and works at Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs and he too is happy to make the trip to Campbelltown. “The teachers here are just excellent and I learn so much whilst I am here. Daniel [Nadalin] is just so supportive, especially given our particular challenge.”
And so, to the common bond – both Shawn and Parviz are deaf and have been since birth.
Nardalin, who has experience working with deaf people said: “Leadership, comes in many forms and these two young men are an inspiration to others. They are focused, dedicated and determined to succeed. With such a positive attitude, they can achieve anything.”
Auslan is the sign language of the Australian deaf community and TAFENSW provides an interpreter whenever classes are run. Nardalin also communicates in Auslan, although the real challenge comes when the students return to the workplace where they must manage on their own. Fortunately, communication takes the form of body language, gesturing and of course written instructions.
“Because we have never heard the spoken word, we never learned to speak. Think about it – if you had never heard, say french, how could you be expected to be able to speak it,” said Shawn. This is such a clear illustration of the connection between being deaf and being unable to speak.
Parviz had the additional complication of being unable to speak the local language. No, not English – Auslan. The Afghan deaf language is not the same as Auslan. “I looked at this in a similar way to how my family needed to learn English – I need to learn Auslan. We just did what we had to do” said Parviz.
Carl Tinlsey, Head Teacher at Campbelltown TAFE added: “To see these two young men grab their opportunity with both hands is such pleasure – they really are model students and we are happy to have them at our college.”
Facing their specific challenges with such a positive attitude, Shawn and Parviz are indeed worthy a Future Leaders of the Industry. IAG’s ongoing support and sponsorship of these awards is greatly appreciated.