Celebrating the Heart of Volunteerism: Our Employees Making a Difference

Elodie Tran

Marketing & Communications

In the bustling world of construction, it's easy to get caught up in the daily grind. But amidst the programs and budgets, there are individuals who embody the spirit of altruism, who dedicate their time to making a difference in the community. As National Volunteering Week swept across Australia from 20 to 26 May, we at Icon Metal take immense pride in shining a spotlight on some of our own employees who selflessly contribute to various causes, enriching the lives of those around them.

Despite their demanding roles at Icon Metal, they graciously extend their hands to support organisations such as SES, Surf Life Saving, OzHarvest, and local community initiatives.

Brian, our design manager by day and an unsung hero with SES NSW by night. For over 14 years, Brian has been dedicated to helping the community during storms and floods. As the deputy local controller of the Cronulla unit, Brian is responsible for the readiness of two trucks and the week-to-week training of the general population.Despite his responsibilities at Icon Metal, Brian is deeply committed to SES. Every third week, he is on call from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Our general manager, Chris, is an active volunteer at Surf Life Saving Australia. For the past 15 years, Chris has been patrolling to ensure beach safety and foster community engagement, volunteering about 90 hours a year. There is a funny story behind why Chris joined SLS: his children wouldn't participate in nippers unless he was their age manager, so he had to get his bronze medallion. Chris would say he has absolutely no regrets. Connecting with people is so rewarding. Some members of his crew have been patrolling since the 1950s, sharing hilarious and inspiring stories. Chris also finds it fulfilling to push himself to learn new skills, attain the necessary fitness levels, and contribute to creating a safer beach environment for everyone.

Our Senior Site Manager George brings his Greek heritage through his active involvement in the Greek community. As a committee member of the Panipirotiki Enosis of NSW, George plays a vital role in preserving and celebrating the cultural richness of Epirus, a region in northern Greece. This association, established in 1954 for the population that migrated to Australia, boasts over 500 active members and organises numerous events, trips, and picnics for the community, allowing members to pass on their traditions.

Our Marketing and Communications Manager Elodie is a co-chair member of NAWIC NSW Marketing and Social Media Committee, generously dedicating her time beyond her work commitments to assist NAWIC NSW with their social media. Additionally, she actively volunteers at the Refettorio with OzHarvest, fostering connections within the community through food. Elodie is dedicated to fostering positive change, whether for women in construction or those in need.

Financial Accountant Rae-Anne volunteers with DanceWize NSW, a peer-led initiative that provides crowd care, education, and advocacy at music festivals in New South Wales. It offers a safe space for festival-goers, often in vulnerable situations, to receive compassionate and non-judgmental help and support. DanceWize NSW takes pride in promoting safe experiences for everyone. Rae-Anne loves DanceWize for its mission, quality training and education, and strong community vibes.

Business Development Manager Bethan is an active member of The Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (SPAT), a community theatre group down the Coast.A couple of times a year, they run adult improv sessions, and children's drama workshops, collaborate with aged care facilities, and produce community theatre performances. In 2022, Beth played Jackie Hammer in Raiders of the Lost Land.

As we celebrate National Volunteering Week, we applaud the unwavering dedication and generosity of these employees. They are the unsung heroes who remind us that compassion knows no bounds and that together, we have the power to create a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

Always has been, always will be

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We respect and recognise their spiritual connection and knowledge of these lands, waters and communities.
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Leanne Mulgo Watson, 2020
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