2016 Conference: Women build connections

  Posted on 23rd November 2016 by Loralee Hyde in UFBA News

Forty women from volunteer, paid, rural and defence brigades and operational support units attended Conference this year.

To celebrate and provide a forum for networking, the UFBA invited women attendees to an early evening function on 28 October.

“Many of our brigades and rural fire forces have only one or two women serving,” said UFBA General Manager Ceara Owen-Perry. “This get-together gave them the opportunity to meet each other and make contacts for networking and support.

“Promoting and encouraging diversity within fire and emergency services is a key UFBA strategy,” Ceara said. “Providing opportunities for women to build connections is fundamental to fostering and sustaining healthy and productive brigades.”

Ceara encouraged everyone to get to know UFBA Patron Dame Margaret Bazley at the function and UFBA Board Director nominees Judith Stanley and Debbie Neilson.

Angela Munro, NZFS National Advisor Women’s Development, gave an update to the attendees on Women in Fire and Emergency New Zealand (WFENZ) which seeks to promote and facilitate the participation and success of women in fire and emergency roles.

For the first time, the Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA) Conference will be hosted by New Zealand in 2018.

“The UFBA fully supports WAFA as it benefits our operational women both in their brigades and personal lives,” Ceara said.

“Attending WAFA will be an ideal opportunity to access hands-on workshops, mentoring and career advice.”

Women at 2016 UFBA ConferencePhoto: A number of the women attending Conference had the chance to celebrate with Judith Stanley following her election to the UFBA Board  of Directors

For more about Conference visit www.ufba.org.nz/events/2016_ufba_138th_annual_conference

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