When our staff walk in the door each day, they take on their assigned role within our company. They might be the branch parts interpreter who we value for his many years of accumulated knowledge. Perhaps they sit behind the admin counter and give you a cheery greeting when you walk in the door. Or maybe it’s the service manager that you only ever seem to talk to when you’ve had a major breakdown, and you are all under stress trying to get your machine back up and running as quickly as possible.
Outside of work our staff wear many hats – partner, parent, child and friend. Many also choose to give some of their free time to a community organisation. If you ask, many will mention someone who volunteers for the CFS or the SES and forget to mention their smaller contributions. But dig a little deeper and you will be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t contribute. By filling a cleaning roster, scoring their kids sport or baking for a trading table each one of them adds something to the diversity of a country town.
Robert Wedd leads the group with almost 40 years involvement following his father who was also a volunteer and gave Robert first-hand knowledge of the service.
‘I was always aware that if we ever had a fire volunteers would come to help us. With Dad involved it seemed obvious that if I wanted help from others, then I had to help out too’, said Robert.
Branch manager Darren Rule has been part of the CFS for 15 years, technician Nick Mickan for over 10 years and parts interpreter Mark Aird for over five years. Each of them must balance their on-call roster and call-outs with the requirements of their job, further complicated by the fact that harvest is one of the busiest times both within Pringles Crouch, and for the CFS.
‘I’m glad to work for a company like Pringles Crouch that provides such strong support to CFS volunteers’ said Darren ‘we can just drop tools and go if we are needed’
You can find out more about volunteering for the varied roles within the CFS on their website.
Parts interpreter Kym Spackman has been involved with the Lions Club for over 15 years. The Cummins Club has strong presence in the community, participating in many local projects such as renovation of the original Cummins railway cottages, fundraising for the hospital and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, supporting wider Lions Club charities such as hearing dogs and guide dogs and providing support for the Cummins Youth of the year.
If you’d like to know more about Lions and the work they do to create strong, caring and compassionate communities visit the Lions Australia website or pop in and have a chat to Kym.