Local women to inspire students in celebration of International Women’s Day

7 March 2013

Pacific Hydro will celebrate International Women’s Day by hosting a high tea for students and staff attending high schools nearby to its operating wind farm in Victoria in Portland, Ararat, and in South Australia, Port Broughton.

The events aim to empower and inspire the students who will hear from guest speakers working in the local area and beyond across a diverse range of fields.
Pacific Hydro General Manager, Group Human Resources, Kathy Deegan, said International Women’s Day was an important date to mark.

“An important aspect of our global diversity strategy is to increase the opportunities for women at Pacific Hydro, especially in senior management roles. A number of our female employees work in non-traditional fields and we value the skills and attributes that come from a diverse workplace,” Ms Deegan said.

“These International Women’s Day events will showcase some inspirational and successful women from the local area who will share their experiences in education, the workforce, and day to day life with local students.

“There are many talented young women living in the areas around our wind farms and we hope that these events will inspires the students to think broadly about the exciting education and career opportunities open to them locally as they move into their final years of schooling,” added Ms Deegan.

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8 as a day to honour women’s actions and achievements and recognise continuing challenges in achieving equity and fairness.

The theme for 2013 is The Gender Agenda; Gaining Momentum and thousands of events will be held worldwide to mark the day.

Guest speakers at each of the events are as follows:

Portland event:
- Lee-Anne Nelson, Police Officer, Victoria Police
- Terry Weissel, Franchisee, Quest Portland
- Paige Olejniczak, fitness instructor / student
- Anna Impey, Community Relations Manager, Portland Aluminium.
- Tammy Whitehead, Glenara Transport
- Tara Naige, Medical Student, Active Health Portland.

Ararat event:
- Jess Cass, Accountant, WHK Archer
- Sarah Scully, Journalist, Wimmera Mail Times, Horsham
- Heather Phillips, Nurse Educator, Grampians Health Service
- Amy Rhodes, Northern Grampians Shire Council Youth and Community Development Officer
- Lynden Riley, Executive Assistant, Pacific Hydro

Port Broughton event:
- Robyn Bowley, Community Health Clinical Nurse and Midwife, Country Health SA
- Amy Lorusso, Drug Action Team/Youth Health Promotion, Port Pirie Regional Health Service
- Andrea Wilson, Port Pirie Police
- Chloe Carpenter, Community Engagement Coordinator, Pacific Hydro