CELEBRATING SUCCESS: Sharon Middleton and husband Bob stop off for a selfie while driving B-doubles back from Melbourne.
CELEBRATING SUCCESS: Sharon Middleton and husband Bob stop off for a selfie while driving B-doubles back from Melbourne.

Transport Women Australia praise our Aus Day recipients

WHAT a boost for women in the trucking with the Australia Day Awards for Sharon Middleton OAM and Phyllis Jones AO, they now join other trucking women in this prestigious group including Elizabeth (Liz) Martin OAM and Nola Bransgrove OAM to name but two in our industry.

These women have devot- ed their lives to the trucking industry, their communities and their families.

The recognition of their passion and persistence as well as their unswerving positive message about the industry outside the industry is fabulous news.

If we highlight the women who have won the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year, the Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry and other awards recognising excellence in our industry, we have a huge group of role models for young women entering the industry.

All the women on this long list show how far you can go and what you can achieve if you follow your passion and your dreams.

When I joined the industry almost half a century ago (scary typing that), there were no females in leadership available as role models and mentors in the industry.

I was so fortunate to have, and continue to have amazing male mentors but how lucky are the new generation to have the diversity to have mentors and role models from both genders to help them on their careers' journey.

It is so important to have mentors and I am excited that I now have mentors from the younger generation and we are learning so much from each other.

Of course, mentors and role models do not have to come from your own industry but to encourage talent to join the trucking industry especially the younger generation they have to be able to see a pathway to success.

Success is certainly something that anyone who is willing to put in the effort can achieve in the trucking industry.

On another note, Transport Women Australia Limited has some networking events coming up, we will have a table at the QTA International Women's Day breakfast in Brisbane, and we are hosting a joint breakfast with RFNSW in Sydney and planning a dinner on March 7 in Melbourne.

We are also reinvigorating the TWAL mentoring program and have some enthusiastic women ready to participate in the program.

We will have more on this in early March.

If you wish to know more about any TWAL program or events or wish to find out about memberships, please get in touch.

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