NAWIC QLD 2009 Crystal Vision Awards - and the winners are...
The winners of the NAWIC Queensland 2009 Crystal Vision Awards were announced on Friday, 25 September at an evening of high glamour attended by the Honourable Judy Spence MP, Leader of the House and other special guests at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
NAWIC QLD President, Radmila Desic, congratulated each of the winners and all those who took part in this year's awards.
"The judges have chosen 12 outstanding Queensland women who have clearly demonstrated their commitment to the construction industry," Ms Desic said.
"We were delighted to have a record 500 people attend the Awards Night, which was a sell out. It was great to see nominees and winners had support from friends, family, colleagues and employers."
This year, entrants were judged on a range of criteria including best practise, innovation, initiative, technical complexity, challenges overcome and future aspirations.
The 2009 judging panel comprised Michelle Hele, Property Editor, The Courier Mail, and Gretel Bakker, Managing Director, Performance Frontiers.
The 2009 Winners of the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) QLD 2009 Crystal Vision Awards are:
CITYWORKS CRYSTAL VISION AWARD,
WINNER: Nicholle Sparkes, Laing O'Rourke
JUDGES RATIONALE: Through her achievements Nicole has shown that women can play an integral role in the construction industry and set about to make changes - even small ones - which can change women's working lives. She demonstrates enormous passion and determination to make a difference in her field
THIESS AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN DESIGN
WINNER: Gillian White, Leighton
JUDGES RATIONALE: Gillian is a quite achiever who has achieved quite a lot. Praise of Gillian's professionalism and dedication is glowing. She is an exceptional role model for women the construction industry significantly contributing to the area of engineering and transport design and design interface management. She has achieved exceptional results on a number of difficult projects.
CEMENT AUSTRALIA AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MARKETING, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION EXCELLENCE
WINNER: Wendy Dooley, Abi Group Contractors
JUDGES RATIONALE: This was the most difficult category to judge, with outstanding finalists. While Wendy's project may not have been on the scale of some others what impressed the most was the way she engaged all levels of the community in consultation and awareness to the point where the local community embraced the project and became active participants.
CIVIL CONTRACTORS FEDERATION AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION (CIVIL WORKS)
WINNER: Rebecca Childs, Safelink Alliance
JUDGES RATIONALE: Rebecca showed that her dedication and passion to her role has had a big impact on her work environment. In her role as area manager of a difficult project she met challenging tasks applying a high level of leadership acumen, while keeping the needs of the community forefront in her mind.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION (GENERAL/BUILDING)
WINNER: Sarah Stante, Safelink Alliance
JUDGES RATIONALE: Sarah has shown her huge capacity as a leader of the highest calibre, and an exceptional and committed manager of a large and complex project. She has demonstrated her flexibility and adaptability in a difficult and constantly changing work environment. She met the challenges daily with a positive attitude and successfully communicated this attitude across her team.
JOHN HOLLAND AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT AS A BUSINESS WOMAN
WINNER: Michelle Lee, Baulderstone
JUDGES RATIONALE: Michelle Lee was an outstanding candidate. In her time at Baulderstone she has been instrumental in attracting significant new business opportunities while continuing to challenge herself and the stereotypes of women in the construction industry. Michelle has achieved many firsts in her career to date.
LAING O'ROURKE AWARD FOR INNOVATION
WINNER: Karen O'Brien, Department of Public Works
JUDGES RATIONALE: Karen's level of community consultation was very high. Her passion to make a positive difference to the lives of indigenous Queenslanders is commended. She adapted innovative ways of incorporating indigenous art work into the construction process on Palm Island by using creative thinking skills as well as good planning techniques, providing excellent leadership and creating a clear vision that enabled her and her team to achieve the best outcomes for the community.
BRISREO AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCT SUPPLY AND APPLICATION
WINNER: Deb Drochmann, QBuild
JUDGES RATIONALE: In addition to the normal duties involved in procurement Deb has risen to the substantial challenges of operating in remote and at times inaccessible locations, with an eye to achieving the best outcomes for those in the community not just the bottom line.
OFFICE FOR WOMEN, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITIES AWARD TO A YOUNG ACHIEVER
WINNER: Sascha Kurz, Baulderstone
JUDGES RATIONALE: Sacha is a highly determined, confident and enthusiastic human being. Her capacity for leadership started at a very early age and she has certainly honed her skills to be an influencer and motivator of people working with her. Her passion and vitality for a purpose whether be a community cause on the PACE project is inspirational to say the least.
CONSTRUCTION SKILLS QUEENSLAND AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES
WINNER: Deborah Gillam, Abigroup Contractors
JUDGES RATIONALE: Deborah in an inspiration to both woman and men in her field. As a mature entrant to the construction industry, she has overcome challenges that others may have been defeated by. She is an independent learner, responsible and highly professional in her output and is an important and highly respected member of her team. Deborah is commended for her transformation and successes in her new career.
LEIGHTON CONTRACTORS AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
WINNER: Emily Mudge, Bovis Lend Lease
JUDGES RATIONALE: Emily Mudge is an inspiration for women here in Australia and internationally. Her passion, determination and commitment in the area of sustainability and best practice have certainly been recognised in the projects submitted. She has embraced and embodied fully the principles of sustainability at every level, social, environmental and economically. She has created an enormous and successful impact on the communities involved and has successfully collaborated with the stakeholders across government, industry and communities will leave its mark for years to come. Congratulations to you, Emily.
CONSTRUCTION TRAINING CENTRE NEW BEGINNING RECOGNITION AWARD
WINNER: Emily Kemp