Butchulla student follows in beloved grandma’s steps

NIKENBAH'S Kelly McBride is following in her beloved grandmother's footsteps.

The 29-year-old Butchulla woman recently started a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Queensland's Fraser Coast campus, and she is the grand-daughter of Aunty Irene McBride, last year's USQ Indigenous Service Alumnus of the Year,

Aunty Irene holds a Master of Education and co-ordinates the vacation care program at Hervey Bay's Scrub Hill.

"Aunty Irene is an excellent role model and does a lot for the community," Ms McBride said.

Inspired by the achievements of her grandmother, Ms McBride, a former medical receptionist, is taking the next step in her own education.

"I have wanted to work in the health industry since leaving Year 12," she said.

"I like working with my people so I thought university was the next level and started a degree."