Young Endeavour : DRSC NSW 2017

Supportive employers set sail from Newcastle Harbour

Defence Reserves Support Council (Central Coast Hunter) recently rewarded a small group of supportive employers with the opportunity to sail the Pacific Ocean on board the STS Young Endeavour.

The half day adventure set sail from Newcastle Harbour. It provided a group of senior managers with first-hand experience of life on the sea, sailing alongside young Australians taking part in the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme.

While on board, DRSC Central Coast Hunter Chair Ian Dick presented Lingard Private Hospital Executive Simon Lunn with a Supportive Employer Award for their commitment to Reservists.

“Earlier this year Army Reservist and Lingard Hospital Nurse Patricia Gordon nominated her employer for a Supportive Employer Award,” Mr Dick said.

“In her nomination, Patricia highlighted how her employer’s supportive leave policy allowed her to take paid leave to attend Reserve training and exercises.

“She took this leave with the full support of management and staff at the hospital.”

Lingard Private Hospital Nursing Unit Manager of Anaesthetics Simon Lunn said he was proud to receive the award.

“We are humbled to receive the Supportive Employer Award and are committed to ensuring Patricia is supported in achieving her ambitions with the ADF Reserves,” Mr Lunn said.

“One of our core values at Lingard, which is part of the Healthecare group of hospitals, is to facilitate a work/life balance for our employees. We focus on providing employees with flexible work arrangements to enable our staff to participate in the workforce and fulfil their family and lifestyle commitments.”

He said he appreciated the opportunity to “taste the salty air” aboard the STS Young Endeavour. “It was a great opportunity to gain a perspective of what those on the original Endeavour experienced, although modified, over 200 years ago, and to view Newcastle and the harbour from a different perspective,” Mr Lunn said.

“The highlight of the trip was observing the teamwork and newly developed skills that were displayed by the young crew that had only been together for 10 days.”

Other DRSC guests included Hunter Business Chamber Directors Richard Anicich (Consultant & General Counsel, Sparke Helmore Lawyers) and Peter Gesling (Chairman of Newcastle Airport).

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme (YEYS) is a not for profit organisation which provides young Australians with a unique, challenging and inspirational experience at sea as part of the crew on board the sail training ship STS Young Endeavour. The YEYS is run in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy.

Australian Army Combat Medical Attendant from 8th Combat Service Support Battalion, Corporal Patricia Gordon, and Director of Anaesthetics Lingard Private Hospital, Mr Simon Lunn, are presented with a Defence Reserves Support Council Employer Support Award from Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council Central Coast and Hunter, Mr Ian Dick.
Australian Army Combat Medical Attendant from 8th Combat Service Support Battalion, Corporal Patricia Gordon, and Director of Anaesthetics Lingard Private Hospital, Mr Simon Lunn, are presented with a Defence Reserves Support Council Employer Support Award from Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council Central Coast and Hunter, Mr Ian Dick.

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