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Exciting times ahead for TWAL

October was a rather busy month for Transport Women Australia Limited even though we had to again postpone our Driving the Difference Conference, the new dates are June 3-5, 2022. 

Transport Women Australia Limited and Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific had a huge response to the Driving the Difference scholarships; applications are now closed, and we will be announcing the six winners on November 16. Visit bigrigs.com.au after that date to find out more.

The awardees will be presented at our end-of-year functions in the state where they are based, wherever possible. 

The dates for all these functions are set and the information can be found on the TWAL social media. 

We have planned dinners in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Wollongong and our usual fantastic breakfast in Brisbane.  

We are hoping to hold a dinner in Albury/Wodonga before Christmas and then in Tasmania and some regional areas early in the New Year. All events will be conducted according to the relevant Covid rules in place at that time and set by the hosting State.

We will be bestowing the Trish Pickering Memorial Award at the Melbourne dinner to an outstanding woman in the transport community, and we are so excited about the 2021 recipient. 

We thank our wonderful sponsor, Wes Pickering for establishing this award. Previous beneficiaries have been Pam McMillan (2019) and Phyllis Jones OAM (2020).

During the past month we launched our Instagram [instagram.com/transportwomenaustralialimited] and ran a competition with four weekly winners and an overall winner, winning prizes of eGift Cards. 

It was a fun way to launch the account and we had some great photos. Our YouTube channel and the new website are to follow in the next few weeks. We are so excited at everything that is happening right now.

The TWAL Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on November 29, 2021, and all members are invited to attend. Details have been emailed to members but can also be obtained by contacting TWAL. 

Expressions of Interest for new board members have also been sent, we are specifically looking for board members with skills in corporate governance, social media, and website management, to name some of the requirements.

Our Creating Connections Mentoring Programme has been in the spotlight this month with a video endorsement by Janelle Greene (NTI) and Ann Impala (Allied Seafreight) and written endorsement from Annastasia Denigan (Qube) and Rachel Michaud (Knorr Bremse). 

We have had a renewed interest in our Women Driving Transport Careers programme following the initiative being recognised as a finalist in the Industry Collaboration section of the Victorian Training Award. 

Our first courses since Covid are set to commence in Melbourne after Christmas. 

For any issues regarding Transport Women Australia Limited, please email chair@transportwomen.com.au or phone 0417422319.

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