Lucinda Colbert

Lucinda Colbert

Lucinda Colbert

A grandfather's journey as an asbestos-awareness campaigner and member of the Stolen Generation has motivated Forest Lake State High School student, Lucinda Colbert, to take out top academic honours at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority's Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Achievement Awards.

Lucinda was only in Year 2 when her grandfather's health began to worsen from asbestos exposure but her natural instinct was to help her grandmother care for him.

Lucinda's passion for helping others continued into high school and it was when she was volunteering in a Polish hospital that she was named Queensland's highest achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student for the class of 2017.

"I never expected to have such a great outcome," Lucinda said.

"Warm encouragement from teachers and family helped me strive to do better and I wanted to prove their investment in me was worth it.

"Whenever someone told me I couldn't do something, I'd think to myself – you don't know me, just watch."

Now Lucinda's goal is to make a difference in community, just like her grandfather.

She plans to become an emergency department doctor and will start at Melbourne University next year.

In the meantime she is taking every chance to spend time with family and gain health industry experience.

As part of her Gap Year, Lucinda is working at a Brisbane aged-care facility and she's a favourite among clients with her caring, positive and fun nature.

Aged just 17, Lucinda is already making a difference in the lives of others and continuing a family legacy, for which her grandfather would be very proud.