Scholarship winners to be announced this month

The hard task of selecting the final recipients of the Driving the Difference scholarships has begun and they will be announced on November 16.

While I have the pleasure of contacting the winners, I also have the task of disappointing those who are unsuccessful. That is always very difficult, as we have so many wonderful applicants vying for these scholarships.

We have some other exciting announcements to be made in the coming weeks, which have been some time in the making, and I cannot wait to share them with you. We will also be announcing any changes to our board at the AGM on November 13. All members are invited to attend and notices of how to join the meeting have been emailed.

We have our Wodonga, Melbourne, Perth, and Wollongong EOY functions this month. Wodonga will be a dinner on November 22 (sponsored by Ron Finemore Transport), Melbourne is on November 23 (sponsored by NTI), with Perth rounding out the week on November 24 (sponsored by Interlink Insurance Brokers).

I will be presenting at the 23rd World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Sydney on November 28, before heading to Wollongong to attend the EOY dinner sponsored by Penske. I then hope to spend a few days at home before heading to Brisbane for our EOY Breakfast (sponsored by MBM Insurance Services and the NHVR) before flying to Sydney for their EOY dinner (sponsored by AEI  Insurance Broking Group) and then to Dubbo for the final EOY event (sponsored by Regional Insurances Services Pty Ltd). Not only will I be able to relax and enjoy the final event of the year, but I will be able to see my family and friends.

We already have several speakers locked in for our Living the Dream Conference 2024 and have signed up returning sponsors NTI, Volvo, PACCAR, Cummins and the NHVR to get the ball rolling. We are planning a great conference bag to rival our “best conference bag ever” from 2022!

Tickets are going on sale next week, once our intrepid vice chair, Coralie Chapman, returns from Tasmania where she is hosting our annual pre-TTA lunch and then representing TWAL at the Tasmanian Transport Association Gala Dinner as the guest of our wonderful sponsor, TWUSUPER.

Keep watch on our social media for upcoming announcements and updates regarding the conference and other initiatives, programs, and awards. If you would like more information on sponsoring or partnering with Transport Women Australia Limited, please email chair@transportwomen.com.au or phone 0417 422 319.

I have been very busy with our membership of the National Rural Women’s Coalition and my place on their board. This is a very strategic partnership for TWAL and gives us many opportunities that we may not otherwise have available to us, and it also gives them access to our expertise. We are also members of the Australian Gender Equality Council and will be taking a more active interest in this organisation moving forward.

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