Young em­ployee award

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Waipuku­rau Ro­tary Club’s Young Em­ployee of the Year Award fo­cuses on young peo­ple who are in the work­force lo­cally — ap­pren­tices and hands-on peo­ple with drive and en­thu­si­asm and who are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to their em­ployer.

This year the win­ner was Shon­tae Nor­man-Ellmers who is an ap­pren­tice auto tech­ni­cian at Au­totech Waipuku­rau.

Her prize was $1000 and an in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend a Ro­tary lead­er­ship course (RYLA).

Run­ners up were Su­san Blair from the CHB Dis­trict Coun­cil who was awarded fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to at­tend an ac­count­ing course. Will Tully, a tech­ni­cian at CERVUS was awarded fi­nan­cial sup­port to at­tend an Out­ward Bound course.

Waipuku­rau Ro­tary Club mem­ber Jane Clous­ton headed up the com­mit­tee that in­ter­viewed all ap­pli­cants and made the se­lec­tions.

“The three that were short­listed stood out with an over­all de­sire to suc­ceed, the drive to go the ex­tra mile and give things a go. They were team play­ers with lead­er­ship skills and also in some way in­volved in their com­mu­nity

Our win­ner fit­ted all the cri­te­ria. Shon­tae has ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice skills, she has gained re­spect from work col­leagues and cus­tomers. She is friendly and def­i­nitely goes the ex­tra mile. She is in­volved in the com­mu­nity as a fire­fighter with the Waipuku­rau Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade.

“Shon­tae loves her job and it shows . . . she had the X fac­tor,” Jane says.

Karen Wil­son of Au­totech Waipuku­rau says Shon­tae “gets out there and does things”.

“She’s hard-work­ing and pushes her­self. She’s a vol­un­teer fire fighter and will be do­ing the Sky Chal­lenge next year. She’s only 18 but she had a ma­tu­rity and con­fi­dence that makes our clients feel re­laxed and happy their ve­hi­cle is in the right hands.

“We’re re­ally proud of her and she de­serves this award.”

From right; in­ter­view com­mit­tee chair Jane Clous­ton, run­ner-up Will Tully, win­ner Shon­tae Nor­man-Ellmers, run­ner-up Su­san Blair and Waipuku­rau Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Geert Gelling.

Waipuku­rau Ro­tary Club Young Em­ployee of the Year Award win­ner Shon­tae Nor­man-Ellmers.

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