Newly elected BSCAA NSW president Debbie Delimitros spoke to INCLEAN assistant editor Lizzie Hunter about becoming a voice for small to medium sized cleaning companies and what she’s looking forward to in her new role.
“I basically married into it [the cleaning industry],” laughed Debbie. “My husband Bill started Eternal Cleaning Services with his family and has been in the industry for more than 30 years.
“After I had my first child, I started to help out at the business, taking care of the administrative tasks. Before I knew it, my two-day week had turned into a full-time five-day a week role!”
Debbie explained that as a smaller business, Eternal Cleaning Services doesn’t have as much support or as many resources as larger cleaning companies, which is why she and her husband became members of the Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA) six years ago.
“Joining the BSCAA just makes sense as a smaller business,” she said. “If you have questions about an award or a cleaning tender, the association can help you.
“They also send out information every year when the award changes, so you don’t have to sit down and go through a forty-page document. It just makes life a little easier.”
But after discovering the BSCAA executive committee was predominantly made up of members from larger cleaning companies, Debbie decided to join the committee herself to represent the smaller cleaning companies and learn from the larger organisations in the industry.
“I believe it’s important to have a voice on the committee for the small to medium sized cleaning companies. There are lots of smaller cleaning companies out there that need to know the association is there to help them, whether it relates to industrial relations, wage enquiries or equipment use.
*This article was first published in the July/August edition of INCLEAN. Click here to keep reading.