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March 8, 2021 Active

International Women’s Day

8th March 2021

This years’ theme for International Women’s Day celebrated on 8 March is ‘Choose to Challenge’. A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

At Active we are taking intentional steps to create a more inclusive workplace for women. We are challenging ourselves as an organization to remove barriers and create a more inclusive and diverse workplace. Will you ‘Choose to Challenge’ this International Women’s Day?

Our very own Carina Brewster, Chief People Officer, volunteers for the National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO) and has been a member of their Victorian State Committee for over 3 years. The organisations vision is for men and women to be equally represented at every level and in line with that ambition, she says a formal gender diversity and an inclusion strategy will form part of Active’s business priorities for the coming year.

“I am passionate about ensuring all people get access to the same opportunities regardless of gender or any other characteristic or preference. It’s not just females but LGBTQI people, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and more.”

She has enjoyed working in operational industries her entire career and her male co-workers have always been very respectful. She says there are many opportunities for increased diversity at Active, and, she’d love to see more female and Indigenous team members.

“I am passionate about ensuring all people get access to the same opportunities regardless of gender or any other characteristic or preference. It’s not just females but LGBTQI people, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and more.”

Diversifying an organisation, she believes, brings a variety of perspectives to the company and challenges norms to make it better. Sometimes, she may work to illuminate unconscious bias, but she could equally be providing more practical solutions to barriers, such as improving female amenities; flexibility and attractive parental leave entitlements for all.

Katrina Carmody

Chipper Operator | Ausnet, Beaconsfield Region

Why Active Tree Services?

“As a result of Covid 19 I struggled to find another job. I was always interested in trees and the outdoors from my experience as an Outdoor Recreation teacher. I’d like to work my way up to an EWP Operator and complete my Cert III in Arboriculture one day.”

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

“In my spare time as a working mum of 2 I also coach a women’s soccer team. I organise a tournament for International Women’s day and I manage an all-female committee. I’m proud of this event and what the day signifies. Equality for Women!”

Loryn Foster

Chipper Operator  | Vic Councils

Why Active Tree Services?

I was looking for a change of career away from my sit-down office job. My partner Bradley works on the Ausnet contract and suggested I try my hand at the chipper. I just received my EWP ticket and looking forward to operating”.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

“The day recognizes and unites women in the workforce, community and volunteers. I’m also a proud member of the SES volunteer service.”

Samantha Hazelwood

Chipper Operator | Ausnet

Why Active Tree Services?

“Before I started at Active, I worked on a poultry farm and enjoyed the physical work. Now at Active I have the ability to travel and see lots of new places I haven’t experienced before. I enjoy working outside and the people I get to meet along the way. I’d really like to challenge myself and become a EWP Operator or even a Climber and at Active I feel I have the opportunity to do this”.

Sarah Meakin

Chipper Operator  | Ausnet, Beaconsfield Region

Why Active Tree Services?

“I was previously working as a contractor for the Council carrying out civil, tree and tractor work, bushland clearing and traffic control however my job was unsecure, and I wasn’t supported. Now I’m with Active my job is secure; they really seem to care about my OH&S, and I feel appreciated by my crew and the company. My dream job at Active would be to drive the Jarraff”.