Meet our 2019 Annas
The Anna Stewart Memorial Project is an annual event run by Unions WA to provide new networking, training and leadership opportunities for women in the Union movement.
This year, four fantastic CPSU/CSA Delegates are taking part; Shea Bastian, Leanne Brown, Ana Negrerios and Daymeon Egerton-Warburton.
Shae has been a Delegate at Police for just under a year, but signed-up to the program to get more knowledge on women’s rights at work.
“I joined to be able to gain some leadership skills and more knowledge, particularly about women’s rights in the workplace, so I can carry that through to help other mums returning to work after maternity leave because that’s where I personally found some issues.
“The impact of delegate’s work can be really tough, but also I now know so much support around that you just have to reach out and there is a whole bunch of resources, especially other women, that can help.”
Daymeon a HR coordinator at the Department of Justice in Roebourne said she joined because training and networking in regional areas is tough to get.
“My organiser put me forward. Living in a regional area, it is really hard to get any sort of training and I try and do as many courses as possible when I’m down here, but it’s so limited.
“This just looked like a really great opportunity and it’s nice to feel empowered and feel like you can actually do more than just be.”
Leanne is a Water Quality Risk Advisor at Water Corp and says it was great to meet such a diverse group of women and she wants to see more women at the table.
“I want to empower at women at Water Corp to stand up!
“We, fortunately, have a very high percentage of women in the business, so I want to help them stand up and build the Union in the lead up to the next Agreement and the state election so we have a few more voices around the table.”
All the women agreed the Circle of Women talk was a highlight of the week.
“We really enjoyed the Circle of Women talk, everyone was really sharing their information on how to keep going, not get burnt out, keep training and trying to learn as much as you can and be involved in as many things as you can,” Daymeon said.
Ana, who is an Environmental officer at DFES said ultimately from the program she wants to empower others.
“This will empower me to empower other women or anyone who needs to know more about their rights at work or their industrial Agreement.
“We’re there to help them through difficult times – that what I hope to take from his program.”