Mount Isa nursing student remembered with posthumous award

ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Family, friends, colleagues and executives gathered at Mount Isa Hospital on Monday to remember Tanika Caslick. Photo: Samantha Walton.
ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Family, friends, colleagues and executives gathered at Mount Isa Hospital on Monday to remember Tanika Caslick. Photo: Samantha Walton.

A past Mount Isa nursing graduate was remembered for her love of life and dedication to her degree at an award ceremony held at Mount Isa Hospital on Monday November 13.

Tanika Lea Caslick was known as a quiet achiever with a witty sense of humour, but died suddenly last year due to unknown circumstances at the age of 19.

She was studying a Bachelor of Nursing at James Cook University and was today awarded with a Posthumous Degree of Higher Education Majoring in Health.

“Tanika was remembered with a beautiful ceremony in the community garden, surrounded by her family, friends, fellow students, colleagues and hospital executives,” said James Cook University senior lecturer, Tanya Langtree.

“She was a very kind and gentle soul and well-known among her peers and community.”

The ceremony also saw the unveiling of a seat, designed by one of Tanika’s friends and fellow student, Brooke Wilson.

Brooke Wilson made and designed a bench for Tanika, which is located in the community garden at the Mount Isa Hospital.

Brooke Wilson made and designed a bench for Tanika, which is located in the community garden at the Mount Isa Hospital.

“I met Tanika through studying at JCU. Tanika was shy at first, a lot like me and then once we got to know each other we discovered that we were both loud.

“We studied together but also connected on a social level taking off to Townsville for weekends away.

“I made her a chair, it took me a while but I tried to decorate it with colours that reminded me of her and the same butterfly that we released for her the day she passed away.

“No one knows the reason behind Tanika’s death, it was very sudden and I think that’s why it hit all of us so hard.”