GippsTAFE rewards outstanding Leongatha campus staff

Leongatha Staff Awards 2010
Vanessa Marsh from Leongatha has been recognised by her colleagues for her outstanding contribution over the last 12 months, winning a GippsTAFE staff award.

Ms Marsh was nominated in the Responsiveness Category by the teaching staff at Leongatha Campus and her General Manager, with her referees including the Campus Manager, an external client, and a GippsTAFE Team Leader colleague.

Her nomination said in part: “Vanessa took on the Team Leader role at the Leongatha Campus following a period of significant instability, frustration and low staff morale. 

“It is a testament to her that she has now been nominated by the very staff who were at this low point when she came.  These same staff have provided a testimonial in order to demonstrate their commitment to Vanessa as their Team Leader.  They believe that Vanessa demonstrates an exceptional level of responsiveness to them, she is always willing to listen, to understand, to support and to advise.  The staff have commented that they feel happy and respected.”

Some of the more notable comments used to support the nomination included “(Vanessa is) unfailing responsiveness, providing respect, support and guidance,” and “She listens to me and is flexible in finding solutions.”

Ms Marsh also responded to a need to further develop herself as a leader and was an enthusiastic participant of the Chair Academy USA/Victoria University Leadership Development Program for Education and Training Managers. 

“Her commitment to this program and her desire to further develop her leadership skills were evident throughout her participation,” the nomination said.

Latrobe Valley based staff to earn awards included Rachael Quinlan (Flexibility) who also earned the overall honour of taking out the Chief Executive Officer’s award, Maryann Ure (Sustainability) who was nominated by her Campus Manager and her General Manager in the categories of both Responsiveness and Sustainability; and Frances Dodd (Transformation) who earned her award for her work in the successful implementation of GippsTAFE’s new Electronic Records Management Application (ERMA). 

The other awards winners were Jan Bruce and Kerryn Vaughan of the Disability Department at the Warragul Campus in the Innovation category.