As a student, Tom employed a dedicated ‘last to leave’ mentality, a determination that saw him achieve academically. He showed a calm and assured manner with patients, and was known for the way he encouraged his classmates.
Tom said he was, “immensely excited to one day commence a career as a paramedic.”
In July this year Tom Sutherland passed away, aged just 31. His passion, mateship, excellence and commitment left a lasting impression on his fellow students and on the Paramedic Science staff at Flinders.
The Tom Sutherland Engagement Prize of $500 has been established by Tom’s family to honour his passion for being a paramedic and to encourage paramedic students to go above and beyond to achieve their best.
“The prize will be awarded annually to a first year Bachelor of Paramedic Science student who best displays and applies the passion, mateship, excellence and commitment that Tom was known for,” says Anthea Cayetano, Bachelor of Paramedic Science Coordinator.
As a great vote of confidence and encouragement, the prize winner will be selected by their classmates in conjunction with the first year Bachelor of Paramedic Science Coordinator.
The inaugural Tom Sutherland Engagement Prize will be awarded on 25 November 2020 by members of Tom’s family. In subsequent years, the prize will be awarded at the beginning of semester 2.
If you would like to join Tom’s family in remembering him and showing your support for paramedic students at Flinders University, please donate to the Tom Sutherland Engagement Prize.