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Don Elliot is retiring

23 December 2019

It is almost 50 years since Don Elliot picked up a brush and roller but, as the year 2020 approaches, he’s made the defining decision to hang up the safety goggles to retire.

Don Elliot early in his career.

Don’s career in the composites sector spans manufacturing, composites repair, teaching and consulting, commencing with early composite manufacturing adapters such as Bolwell Cars.

His contribution to the sector includes a significant body of work co-writing and teaching a number of composites teaching programs, short courses and traineeships including, but not limited to, Certificate II in Plastics – Composites, Certificate IV in Polymer Technology and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). His best estimate is that he has trained over 2,200 students across five TAFE colleges, two Universities and a number of secondary institutions.

His involvement in the composites sector includes many years as an active committee member for the Victorian chapter of what was the Composites Institute of Australia as well as presenting workshops and at conferences.

Don Elliot accepting the VCAL Teacher Achievement Award for Excellence in Program Development for the Victorian Curriculum by the Hon. James Merlino, Deputy Premier & Minister for Education.

“I have a lot of great memories over my career manufacturing automotive, marine and primary production components. I’ve met some wonderful like-minded people who enjoy making things as much as I do,” said Don. “The last 10 years have been particularly rewarding running the TAFE VCAL student program to build energy efficient vehicles – made from composite materials – to compete in the annual Energy Breakthrough Event in Maryborough, Victoria.”

In a well-earned acknowledgment of his decades of commitment to education, Don was recently presented with the VCAL Teacher Achievement Award for Excellence in Program Development for the Victorian Curriculum by the Hon. James Merlino, Deputy Premier, and Minister for Education and Emergency Services.


This article first appeared in:

Connection Magazine

Issue 51: December, 2019

Author: Kerryn Caulfield

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Issue 51, December 2019