Trio cham­pi­ons of di­ver­sity

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Three women from the Pil­bara have been named among the fi­nal­ists for the 2017 Women in Re­sources Awards.

The an­nual Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy of WA awards, now in their eighth year, recog­nise in­di­vid­ual and com­pany achieve­ments boost­ing women’s em­ploy­ment and pro­file in the re­sources sec­tor.

Thir­teen peo­ple were last week short­listed for the awards from a pool of 90 nom­i­na­tions.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore project field co-or­di­na­tor Kestin Rek, who works as a fly-in, fly-out worker to West Pil­bara lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Parabur­doo and Tom Price, and Bar­row Is­land-based Chevron marine com­mu­ni­ca­tions oper­a­tor Karen Mont­ford, are fi­nal­ists in the out­stand­ing oper­a­tor/tech­ni­cian/trade woman in re­sources cat­e­gory.

Roy Hill su­per­in­ten­dent con­trol Jodi Mof­fitt, who un­til re­cently worked fly-in, fly-out to the Pil­bara, is also in the run­ning for the out­stand­ing young woman in re­sources award.

Ms Rek said her ex­pe­ri­ence of the in­dus­try had been one where en­thu­si­as­ti­cally em­brac­ing new chal­lenges and learn­ing on the job could take you far, and she would “without a doubt” rec­om­mend re­sources work to other women look­ing for an ex­cit­ing ca­reer.

“It has given me the most chal­leng­ing yet re­ward­ing years of my work­ing life,” she said.

Ms Rek said while women were still a mi­nor­ity in the sec­tor, sup­port through men­tor­ing and a stronger em­pha­sis on di­ver­sity were mak­ing a big dif­fer­ence.

“What­ever you set your mind to, you can achieve it and, with a sup­port­ive com­pany like Rio, you can hon­estly achieve what­ever you want to achieve,” she said.

“The op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less com­pared to five, six, seven years ago when they were some­what lim­ited.”

CME chief ex­ec­u­tive Reg Howard-Smith said the num­ber and high stan­dard of en­tries re­flected a grow­ing com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing gen­der di­ver­sity in the sec­tor.

“WIRA al­lows us to ac­knowl­edge in­spi­ra­tional women work­ing in West­ern Aus­tralia, the men and women who cham­pion gen­der di­ver­sity, and the ef­forts made by com­pa­nies in the sec­tor to im­prove the par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in our work­force,” he said.

Award win­ners will be an­nounced at a break­fast event in Perth on Fri­day, March 3.

The win­ners will rep­re­sent WA at the 2017 Women in Re­sources Na­tional Awards later this year.

Pic­ture: Kestin Rek

Women in Re­sources Awards Pil­bara fi­nal­ist Kestin Rek.

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