Employee of the Year:
It was a tough decision for the judges to choose a single winner of the 2018 Employee of the Year, and that’s why four people ended up sharing the gong.
There were 17 nominations for the award from 15 different Deniliquin businesses and organisations.
Two of the winners were from Edward River Council — Ricky Hayes and Jane Fraser— alongside Jemma Clark from Deniliquin Soul Pattinson Pharmacy and Val Hughes from St George Bank.
Ricky was recently promoted to head mechanic.
He oversees his team and a fleet of well over 300 items of plant including specialised power equipment, various trailers, light and heavy trucks and a huge fleet of earthmoving equipment including graders, rollers and tractors.
In the nomination form it was noted that Ricky in his new role as head mechanic has improved the overall mechanical side of Edward River Council.
‘‘Since taking on the role of head mechanic around 12 months ago Ricky has gained a better understanding of managing his new staff members and his organisation skills have certainly improved with the additional responsibility,’’ the form read.
‘‘Ricky and his team are trying to implement some process improvement training recently undertaken to boost productivity and they are keen to undertake further training to improve wherever possible.’’ Pattinson Pharmacy): nomination form said:
‘‘Jemma has taken on the role of running the dispensary by herself, by ordering stock for the dispensary, making sure everything is running smoothly for the pharmacist and customers.
‘‘She can tell you who the pharmacy did a script for and what it was, even if it was a few days earlier.
‘‘Jemma remembers most of the customers’ names and knows if Jemma’s they have a script ready to pick up before even speaking to them.
‘‘She is also the ‘go to’ person for any computer and technical issues. Without her the pharmacy would not run as smoothly.’’
Val has worked for St George Bank in Deniliquin for 25 years this August.
She is described in the nomination form as a having a heart of gold and being full of compassion, as well as being a quiet achiever.
It said Val believes in the family values that St George embraces, making it easier for others to be a team member.
‘‘With the length of service Val has provided to St George, and the knowledge gained throughout that time, she is a very valuable employee and colleague.
‘‘She has embraced a lot of change over 25 years and always tried to accommodate that change.
‘‘The rapport she has with the customer base is second to none.’’
Jane Frazer River Council): Jane Frazer is employed by Edward River Council as the team leader, tourism and culture, at the Deniliquin Visitor Information Centre and Peppin Heritage Centre.
In her nomination form, Jane was recognised for her passion and enthusiasm for Deniliquin.
Jane is responsible for helping to create a strong art and tourism scene in Deniliquin.
Not only does she possess and share a fountain of knowledge about the region, its attractions and its history, she has the ability to enthuse those around her to share it too.
‘‘Jane’s former career in fashion design and experience in art curation ensures that the Peppin Gallery is always on show with local, regional and national exhibitions,’’ the nomination said.
‘‘Most recently she brought the Bald Archy Exhibition to Deniliquin for the 14th time, quite a feat given that it is only shown in nine places each year. Jane is also a driving force behind the Art Out Market at Easter.’’
nominees: Annabelle Nisbet — Coles Express; Casey Atkins — Riverside Pest Management; Courtney Caniglia — Motiv8 Health and Fitness; Daniel Smits — Long Table Cafe; Erin Nisbet — Kurrajong; Jorge Luengas — Murray Irrigation Limited; Louise Mace — St George Bank; Madison Harber — Caltex North Junction; Rachel Parry — Deni Sushi Bite; Rebekah Monday — Concept Technology Centre; Tom Clancy — All Terrain Automotive; Wendy Wade — Local Dental; William (Bill) Davis — Barnetts.
Employee of the Year joint winners (from left) Val Hughes, Jane Frazer, Ricky Hayes and Jemma Clarke.