It was a perfect day in Sydney with the sun shining and a backdrop of the iconic Harbour Bridge to celebrate the NSW division of the Building Service Contractors Association of Australia’s (BSCAA) AustralianSuper Excellence Awards 2016. Held over lunch on Wednesday 12 October at Dolton House at Jones Bay Wharf, some of the state’s most valued cleaners exchanged their uniforms for suits and dresses to enjoy a special day dedicated solely to them. INCLEAN’s managing editor Kim Taranto reports.
This year celebrated the 9th edition of the AustralianSuper Excellence Awards for NSW and just like the standard of cleaning, the calibre of attendees and nominated candidates have raised the bar even higher with everyone – business owners, managers and cleaners – dressed to the nines. This year’s guests included actress and star of the Ajax Spray-n-Wipe TV commercials, Paula Duncan, and Philip Cornwall, an entertaining magician and mentalist.
BSCAA NSW president Terry Corby offered an official welcome to everyone in the room with a special mention to the hard working cleaners. “Success in this industry isn’t about making money, it’s about turning up each and every day to get the job done. And doing it well,” he added. “Today is about the people on our front-line; the people who represent our companies; the people who do most of the hard work – the cleaners.”
Terry asked all the cleaners in the room to stand up and left the stage to talk to a few about their jobs and the reason they were attending the lunch that day. While some were shy and embarrassed others embraced the moment and spoke proudly about their work. “You are more than just cleaners,” Terry told them. “You are hygienists and what you do impacts the daily life of everyone everywhere.” With this statement the room applauded those standing.
National president George Stamas took his turn on the stage to update BSCAA members on the Association’s activities and highlight the achievements from the past year, which included penalty rates negotiations, online training, and working with the Cleaning Accountability Framework (CAF).
A sad but respectful tribute was also dedicated to joint managing director and co-founder of Broadlex Services, George Tsivis, who is gravely unwell. And a fitting send off for Reginald Whiteley who at the age of 90 has just retired from his position on the Whiteley Corporation management board.
Overall it was an enjoyable day to celebrate this industry’s hardworking cleaners and all – especially the award winners – should be commended and congratulated.