Meet our Delegates Conference Award winners for 2014!
To recognise the contribution and dedication of our delegates, the ASU presents annual awards in the following catagories: Delegate of the Year, Young Delegate of the Year and Health and Safety Representative of the Year.
At our recent delegates' conference, four new winners joined the honour roll. Here are their stories...
Delegate of the Year (joint)
Aaron De La Torre (Qantas Australia - Tasmania)
Aaron showed all of the desired attributes required to win this award. In addition to his full-time employment he has given up countless hours of his own time to complete his role as a delegate outside of his rostered hours of work, come in to work on his day off many times to ensure that an issue is resolved, is a member of the Branch Executive (giving up his annual leave and a whole day to attend these meetings) and attends delegates' forums at the Branch offices in Hobart on a regular basis. Aaron is always looking for what’s best for ASU members and shows an amazing amount of energy in his commitment to the union and the union movement as a whole. The union has never been stronger in our workplace and Aaron will go a long way in the future.
Aaron (despite having a young family and other community obligations) he has given up countless hours of his own time to assist ASU members and to represent us during consultation meetings. As a shift worker, this has often meant he has had a hectic schedule, but he's always approached his ASU tasks with professionalism and a smile on his face.
Delegate of the Year (joint)
Michelle Maggi (Central Highlands Water Corp)
Michelle had continuously worked in good faith with the management team towards monitoring and improving various processes whilst displaying leadership through asking questions and having the robust discussions during the Enterprise meetings. This is clearly highlighted when she had collaborated and lobbied with ASU Organiser Michelle Jackson to take this employer to the Fair Work Commission about a proposed change to a policy that would have impacted on quite a few members. Michelle is now in the process working together with ASU Organiser Luke Cherry to challenge this employer on their decision of not offering employees their full annual increment based on not meeting specific criteria.
Young Delegate of the Year
Prescilla Schwalger (Hume City Council)
Prescilla has always been a great delegate willing to learn and is very prompt in getting back information. She has always backed members up when they needed assistance and is very understanding. Prescilla is an amazing young woman that benefits this union and her members greatly. She is widely respected by both delegates and management and is an amazing asset to Hume City Council and the ASU.
HSR Rep of the Year
Kim Delahey (Ballarat City and Family Services)
Kim has always displayed a keen interest in advocating for membership and for workers' rights. She shows great leadership in advocating for workplace initiatives aimed at providing support to women and children escaping family violence.
Kim has advocated on behalf of staff in the collective agreement and raised awareness for ASU members. Kim participates in events such as White Ribbon Day and supports her colleagues to attend and participate in events and activities related to supporting and empowering women and children in the community.
Kim has represented staff and members in workplace negotiations with employees and employers. Kim has actively provided information to members about their employment and related rights and obligations. Kim - through senior management - has lobbied the State and Federal governments and other relevant bodies about matters of concern to members and their families in relation to employment and living standards.
Caption: (L-R) ASU Secretary Richard Duffy, Young Delegate of the Year Prescilla Schwalger, Joint Delegate of the Year Michelle Maggi, Joint Delegate of the Year Aaron De La Torre and ASU Branch Executive President Lisa Darmanin. Absent: Kim Delahey.