Westernport Water today recognised two of its people with awards for their long service.
Managing Director, Mr Murray Jackson, presented certificates to Ms Leesa Moir, 25 years service, and Mr Andrew Dean, 10 years service, at a staff ceremony in the Newhaven office.
Leesa has lived on Phillip Island since the age of 15 and joined Westernport Water after gaining her higher school certificate from Wonthaggi High School.
A dedicated employee, she acted in many administration and service roles in Westernport Water watching the organisation move from a Board to a Corporation in 2007. Her 25 years of corporate knowledge and experience has seen her earn the title ‘oracle’ among the staff.
For more than 10 years, Leesa has also worked tirelessly for numerous charity organisations such as Jeans for Genes Day, Shave for a Cure, Canteen, Red Nose Day and Camp Quality.
“Working for Westernport Water for such a long time gives you a lot of knowledge, responsibility and a sense of belonging,” Leesa said.
“It also lends itself to a certain lifestyle, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I love the freedom and the cosiness of a small community. We have all become friends and we socialise outside of work”.
In addition, Leesa is an active community member through her local gym and karate groups and loves to bike ride around the Phillip Island district.
Andrew Dean moved to the area in 1990 and lives in Cowes with his young family.
He joined Westernport Water in 2000, working in the maintenance and engineering areas as a plumber.
“When I started as a plumber I remember working from a shipping container in San Remo,” Andrew said.
During his 10 years service Andrew acted as a union representative and is currently a leading hand.
“In my time at Westernport Water I’ve seen many changes but the main one has been my shorts and tee shirts have become longer since the introduction of the ‘sun smart’ policy,” he said.