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Pride of Workmanship

Monday, 17 March 2014 11:16am

(Left to right) Ann Barsby of Rotary Dunedin North, Bill Ingram and Dr Linda Dunn.

Two University staff members were awarded Pride of Workmanship Awards by the Dunedin North Rotary Club earlier this month. The awards give public recognition to Otago staff who are doing an outstanding job.

This year’s recipients, Bill Ingram (Applied Sciences) and Fieke Neuman (Anatomy), were presented with their awards at a ceremony held at the University Staff Club on 3 March. Fellow members of their departments as well as members of the Dunedin North Rotary Club joined the award-winners at the ceremony.

Mr Ingram says of the acknowledgment, “It is nice to be recognized for giving a positive experience when folk require workshop contact. To me, common courtesy and helpfulness are the cornerstones of what I do.”

Dr Linda Dunn nominated the “quiet, patient and intelligent” Mr Ingram, saying in the nomination, “His work is always carefully thought through, cost effective, meets the specified purpose (often exceeding staff expectations) and his craftsmanship is evident in the quality of the finish.

Fieke Neuman.

“Bill makes an important contribution to the research and teaching of this department and several departments in the wider University. ‘Pride of Workmanship’ describes the manner in which Bill conducts his work and we wanted him to know how much we appreciated all he does.”

Of receiving her award, Ms Neuman says, “I was quite humbled, but also proud, to be nominated by my workmates, Christine, Latika and Carol, who are all very smart and effective people. I think of the award as being given, through me, to the various hardworking groups I am part of in the Anatomy Department.

“It’s really nice that Rotary gives us a chance to recognise achievement amongst our peers for work that normally goes under the radar.”

Technical Manager Carol Dunstone was involved in the nomination of Ms Neuman saying, “it is easy to nominate someone like Fieke for such an award. She is an exemplary employee, always seeking better ways of doing things and she is very talented. She shares her skills and knowledge liberally and she is always a pleasure to work with.”

HR Manager Recruitment, Development & Equity Denise Lindsay says it was a challenge to select this year’s winners.

“The selection committee faced a formidable task in choosing two nominees from a very strong and diverse field of applicants, all of whom displayed outstanding qualities,” says Ms Lindsay.

“We would have liked to nominate everyone for an award, but that was just not possible.”

Each year, managers across the Dunedin campus are invited to nominate their staff for the award. A panel chaired by the Director of Human Resources then selects two winners and forwards their names to the Rotary Club.

Details of the award and the nomination form are available via the Human Resources website.