News

Every step a winner for Alina

Alina Bonaventura has been granted a CQUni Equity Merit Scholarship.
Alina Bonaventura has been granted a CQUni Equity Merit Scholarship. Contributed

IT IS said that some young people have an attitude problem.

Well, Alina Bonaventura has attitude, but it's certainly no problem.

Alina grew up on the family cane farm at Clayton where her father would tell her stories of his childhood.

“My father sold his farm in 1996 when his health failed, and passed away in 1999 when I was 15.

“I'd left school at the end of Grade 9 due to health problems, and my brother has severe mental impairments, but I had to find a job to help support my mother.”

After gaining a Certificate II in Retail at TAFE, Alina returned to school and passed Year 12 with High and Very High Achievements.

She worked at KFC for four years, then decided to follow her dream to go to university, so completed the STEPS course and is now studying a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

She has volunteered for 10 years as a community visitor, and although her university commitments mean she no longer has time to visit Meilene and Millbank nursing homes or volunteer as a Rotary Reader at schools, she continues to play piano and sing for the residents of Pioneer Lodge and Gardens.

“It's lovely to see the smiles on the residents' faces – they all love the chicken dance; the diversional therapist encourages them to move their arms to the dance.”

Alina had started writing a novel when her father was alive but put it aside when he died.

“At the end of STEPS I decided to get back to writing it so I've been working on it for the past 18 months.

“My brother has autism, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and I have an interaction board in his unit and he is remembering my plot lines and his carers tell me he is talking about the characters and the story and it takes his mind off his obsessive-compulsive disorder.”

Alina's writing has contributed to her being granted a CQUni Equity Merit Scholarship.

She has had to deal with a lot in life, but she remains determined to build a better future for herself, and her positive attitude is reflected in the way she gives to the community.

Topics:  cquniversity scholarship student writer



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Bundy mum poses nude in support of body awareness

IN THE BUFF: Krystal Gordon poses in support of body confidence.

Bikini turned Krystal's life around

Bend in road is a 'death trap'

Motorcycle crash on Cedars Rd at South Kolan which occurred in October last year.

It's a head-on waiting to happen

Chatting to folks at the library

AT THE LIBRARY: Dwayne Makings, Patricia Makings, Linda Ryder and Jim Round.

What do you do at the library?

Local Partners

Hervey Bays to star in international horror flick

A great white thriller that had scenes filmed on the Fraser Coast has been picked up by a major US movie studio.

Cher, 71, and Celine Dion wow world at Billboard Awards

“I’m 71 yesterday and I can do a five-minute plank, OK.”

Judah's return to The Voice stage is a knockout

Judah Kelly performs during his knockout round on The Voice.

QUEENSLAND singer nails Adele hit.

Wentworth star Daniielle Alexis: "I was born a boy"

Wentworth star Daniielle Alexis has revealed she was born a boy

Dwayne Johnson, Tom Hanks announce White House bid on SNL

Dwayne Johnson is “officially” running for president in 2020

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

The Voice: Kelly Rowland stunned by singing trio’s demands

We feel your pain, Kelly.

Trio refused to sing anything but Gospel songs

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Deputy Premier makes massive call on controversial sand mine

Aerial view of the proposed Forest Glen sand mine.

BREAKING: State Government makes huge call on Coast sand mine plans

Residents warned as scammers rip off $60k in super

Police are warning people to be aware of a sophisticated telephone scam.

Superannuation, cash targeted by sophisticated scammers

How your body corp could ban pets, turf you from your home

DOG'S LIFE: Lyn Henderson and Tawny love life in their highrise.

Laws to ban dogs/smokers and make it easy to bulldoze units

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!