Shepparton News

On road to making history

WOMAN MAKES CAREER CHANGE AND BECOMES FIRST IN HER MULTICULTU­RAL COMMUNITY TO BE A BUS DRIVER

- By Isabelle Harris

Gurpreet Kaur started off as an aged care worker — but after a 180-degree career change, she’s now a bus driver.

‘‘I’d been doing aged care before for two years . . . I wanted to do something different,’’ the Shepparton resident said.

She decided to get her bus licence and applied for a job at Dyson Bus Group in Shepparton, making her the first woman in the local Sikh community to become a bus driver.

Mrs Kaur said in her home of Chandigarh in the north Indian region, it would be unheard of for a woman to be a bus or heavy vehicle driver.

‘‘Here, we’ve got equal opportunit­y,’’ she said.

She is finding the work can easily fit in around her responsibi­lity to her family, thanks to her understand­ing employers and friendly manager.

This includes being able to move shifts to fit with her family commitment­s and work the school routes, which allow her to spend more time with her family.

After Mrs Kaur’s recommenda­tion for the job to her friends, two more

YOU JUST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. — GURPREET KAUR

women from her community have joined the ranks at Dyson Bus Group.

Greg Fitzsimmon­s, Shepparton Euroa manager at Dyson Bus Group, said Mrs Kaur and the other women were already assets to the rest of the Dyson team.

‘‘We’ve got a pretty good rapport with everyone . . . sort of like family,’’ he said, a sentiment Mrs Kaur agreed with.

Mr Fitzsimmon­s also said there was no difference between members of the Shepparton team, no matter their origin.

‘‘I don't really feel like their boss, it makes you want to come to work every day,’’ Mr Fitzsimmon­s said.

For women in the community who are interested in becoming a bus driver, Mrs Kaur recommends ‘‘just going for it’’.

‘‘You just believe in yourself, you can do anything,’’ she said.

 ?? Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e ?? Holding the reins: Gurpreet Kaur says the role fits perfectly around her commitment­s and obligation­s to her community and her family.
Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e Holding the reins: Gurpreet Kaur says the role fits perfectly around her commitment­s and obligation­s to her community and her family.
 ??  ?? High marks: Shepparton Euroa manager Greg Fitzsimmon­s says Gurpreet Kaur is an asset to the group and local community.
High marks: Shepparton Euroa manager Greg Fitzsimmon­s says Gurpreet Kaur is an asset to the group and local community.

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