Posted on Apr 17, 2018
Contact Group’s Southern Branch Manager, Nick Tsiaousis, was recently invited to Government House in Hobart to accept an award from her Excellency, the Honourable Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania. Contact Group was recognised with an Employer Support Award from the Army Reserve. The Awards acknowledge the contribution made by the employers of Reservists.
Nick accepted the Award on behalf of the Contact Group, which proudly supports the Army Reserve, in particular our Statewide High Voltage Manager, Peter Barrett- a long standing member. Peter joined the Army Reserve on the 28th of April 1978, looking to try new things and learn new skills. "I originally joined because it was something different to what I did during the week. I was an apprentice electrician at the time, so did not want to jeopardise that by enlisting as a full time soldier." He said.
Peter, who is fast approaching his 40th anniversary with the Reserve, has found it has complimented and helped his career as an electrician, developing his managerial skills and teaching him about discipline and teamwork. "One of the great benefits has been meeting different people and the comradeship that developed. The Contact Group been supportive by allowing me to take the time off when I required it." He said.
Thousands of men and women across Australia enjoy part-time roles with the Army Reserve, operating alongside full-time personnel. They are ready to serve in a fully-trained military capacity if and when Australia needs them; and help rebuild the lives of entire communities in Australia and overseas when natural disasters strike.
The Employer Support Awards don't provide any financial or commercial gain to employers, but do provide formal recognition of their support for Reservists. Congratulations to all the work places recognised and especially to Peter Barrett for your four decades of service.