So­cial Fo­cus

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MORE than 50 mem­bers of the Buller Ski Lifts team gath­ered at ABOM on Fri­day, Au­gust 19 joined by part­ners and friends to cel­e­brate a col­lec­tive 815 years/ sea­sons work­ing at Mt Buller.

“Many peo­ple see the ski in­dus­try and its peo­ple as be­ing tran­sient but as our ser­vice awards cer­e­monies show us each year this is def­i­nitely not the case at Mt Buller,” ex­plained Buller Ski Lifts gen­eral man­ager Lau­rie Blampied.

“Many of the peo­ple we hon­oured tonight have spent sev­eral decades ded­i­cated to this moun­tain and the com­mu­nity.”

Spe­cial hon­our went to Alan Ter­rens who marked off an im­pres­sive 45 years work­ing with the Mt Buller Ski Pa­trol, and all com­pleted as a vol­un­teer.

Alan started in 1972 and is a val­ued mem­ber of the Ski Pa­trol team re­tain­ing his youth­ful en­thu­si­asm for ski­ing and help­ing guests with no signs of wan­ing.

An­other ex­am­ple of the com­mit­ment and also strong fam­ily bonds built at Mt Buller were the re­cip­i­ents of a 25 year and 10 year award, pre­sented to fa­ther and daugh­ter Richard and Jes­sica Haslau.

Richard has coached hun­dreds of skiers over his quar­ter cen­tury on the moun­tain and fondly re­called start­ing out work­ing for (now moun­tain man­ager) Nick Reeves.

Jes­sica was de­lighted to ac­cept her 10 year pin which is quite an achieve­ment con­sid­er­ing she is only 24 years old.

Jes­sica is con­tin­u­ing the fam­ily tra­di­tion coach­ing young skiers and also rac­ing her­self.

Her mum Rachel is in the ‘fam­ily’ busi­ness as well, man­ag­ing the Bun­yips ju­nior pro­gram in the Ski and Snow­board School.

Lau­rie Blampied was on the re­ceiv­ing end of his own 20 year ser­vice award pre­sented by Nick Whitby, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Buller Ski Lifts and Lorenz Grollo, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Grollo Group who both ac­knowl­edged Lau­rie’s com­mit­ment and lead­er­ship at Mt Buller.

15 years’ ser­vice re­cip­i­ents Peter Lynn, Joel Gra­ham, Ivan Matey, Mel O’Hal­lo­ran and Michael Sta­ple­ton.

Re­cip­i­ents of the 5 years’ ser­vice award.

10 years’ ser­vice re­cip­i­ents (back) Ash Adam­son, Rick Good­win and Cameron Gor­don, (front) Jes­sica Haslau, Lou Houghton and Mar­garet McPhate.

30 years’ ser­vice re­cip­i­ents Jo­hann Hin­ter­holzer, Sue Ge­orge, Ge­off Slutz and Rod Walker with BSL gen­eral man­ager Lau­rie Blampied.

25 years’ ser­vice re­cip­i­ents James Cooper, Richard Haslau and Wil­liam McCutcheon with BSL gen­eral man­ager Lau­rie Blampied.

Fa­ther and daugh­ter Richard and Jes­sica Haslau cel­e­brated 25 years and 10 years re­spec­tively on the night.

20 years’ ser­vice re­cip­i­ents Bruce Halket, Ewen Ma­caskill and Stephen Masel.

Lorenz Grollo and Nick Whitby join Lau­rie Blampied to mark his 20 year an­niver­sary at Buller Ski Lifts (Lorenz on the left, Nick on the right).

Alan Ter­rens cel­e­brated 45 years as a vol­un­teer with the Ski Pa­trol and was con­grat­u­lated by Lau­rie Blampied.

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