Leighton named in top 50 pub­lic women

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

Baw Baw Shire’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ali­son Leighton has been named as one of this year’s top 50 Pub­lic Sec­tor Women in Vic­to­ria.

The inaugural awards, hosted by David­son Ex­ec­u­tive, named a pres­ti­gious list of women that are ex­cep­tional lead­ers and high­lights key pro­fes­sional achieve­ments of women in the Vic­to­rian pub­lic sec­tor.

The list also recog­nises fe­male lead­ers build­ing high per­form­ing teams and trans­form­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and re­gions for the bet­ter.

Ms Leighton, who joined Baw Baw Shire from her pre­vi­ous role as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula Shire, was named as among other ex­cep­tional fe­male lead­ers.

Mayor Joe Gauci said coun­cil was pleased to have a leader of such high cal­i­bre at Baw Baw.

“Among her many pro­fes­sional achieve­ments, Ms Leighton has a re­ally au­then­tic, con­tem­po­rary lead­er­ship style and an in­cred­i­ble abil­ity to fa­cil­i­tate a sup­port­ive and thriv­ing work cul­ture.

“These strengths and at­tributes are some­thing that we have al­ready seen shin­ing through in her short time with us.

“Need­less to say, we are very ex­cited to have Ms Leighton on board and look for­ward to see­ing more of her lead­er­ship mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on the or­gan­i­sa­tion and com­mu­nity,” Cr Gauci said.

Ms Leighton was hon­oured and hum­bled to have se­cured a place in the pres­ti­gious list.

“I feel very for­tu­nate to have been recog­nised amongst such an es­teemed list of suc­cess­ful women.

“I have been for­tu­nate enough to have re­ceived strong sup­port and en­cour­age­ment from my col­leagues to pur­sue lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out my time work­ing in the pub­lic sec­tor.

“I will try to re­cip­ro­cate that sup­port for the Baw Baw team and I highly en­cour­age other fe­males work­ing in the pub­lic sec­tor to also pur­sue lead­er­ship po­si­tions in their own or­gan­i­sa­tions,” Ms Leighton said.

Vol­un­teers from the Hal­lora Hall Com­mit­tee were given a wel­come re­cep­tion by staff and pa­tients in the on­col­ogy unit at West Gipp­s­land Hos­pi­tal.

The group pre­sented a cheque for $3100 to as­sist equip­ment pur­chases for On­col­ogy which pro­vides vi­tal treat­ment, sup­port and care for peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer.

Hal­lora Hall Com­mit­tee vice pres­i­dent Linet McNa­mara said it was won­der­ful to visit the fa­cil­ity and see how im­por­tant it was in pro­vid­ing spe­cialised treat­ment for peo­ple in the lo­cal area so they don’t have to travel long dis­tances for care.

“Our com­mit­tee has been fundrais­ing for months with sup­port from a small group of vol­un­teers who made and sold hun­dreds of rel­ishes, chut­neys and jams and also held an after­noon high tea fundraiser.

“We chose the on­col­ogy unit for our fundrais­ing drive as some of our mem­bers have ex­pe­ri­enced first-hand the sup­port and care pro­vided by staff to their loved ones,” she said.

Fundraiser Dorothy Hey­wood said to have an on­col­ogy unit in West Gipp­s­land made such a dif­fer­ence to the per­son need­ing treat­ment and to those around them.

Dorothy per­son­ally con­trib­uted hun­dreds of jars of pre­serves for the fundrais­ing ef­fort from fruit and veg­eta­bles grown from her own gar­den.

WGHG on­col­ogy act­ing man­ager Geral­dine Freriks said the work the group had put in for the on­col­ogy unit was in­spir­ing.

“The staff and pa­tients were thrilled to meet some of the vol­un­teers and wel­come them to see the fa­cil­ity. This do­na­tion is grate­fully ac­cepted and will help us to pur­chase ad­di­tional equip­ment to ben­e­fit our pa­tients.”

The on­col­ogy ser­vice pro­vided by the West Gipp­s­land Health­care Group pro­vides treat­ment tai­lored to peo­ple’s in­di­vid­ual needs in a cheer­ful and re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment.

The ser­vice op­er­ates each Wed­nes­day from the West Gipp­s­land Hos­pi­tal.

WGHG on­col­ogy man­ager Ger­aldlne Freriks and pa­tient Bert West with Hal­lora Hall Com­mit­tee’s Robyn Ri­d­ley and (back) Dorothy Hey­wood and Linet McNa­mara.

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