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Association turns 25

THE STIRLING Business Association celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner Rendezvous Observation City Hotel.

Almost 200 people attended the event where President John Denton gave an overview of the history of the association, recognising all past Presidents.

Life memberships were given this year to Rex Robinson, Rex Spares and Austmag’s Bruce Inglis for services to the association over many years.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Employee of the Year Awards, a first for the Stirling Business Association.

SBA executive officer Christine Evans said Employment National had approached the association to run the awards.

“It was wonderful to read the many nominations we received from employers and hear the great things they had to say about their staff,” Ms Evans said.

The finalists for the apprentice/ trainee of the year category were Tina Triscari of Hairloom, Kalista Poynter of Nationwide Transport Training and Luke De Mamiel of Pro-Style Cabinets.

Mr De Mamiel was declared the winner of this category. The third year apprentice was nominated by Pro-Style proprietor Tony Sorgiovanni who said Mr De Mamiel was completely dedicated to learning his craft.

“Luke’s commitment to the job was demonstrated after he was involved in an accident that required him to take sick leave for eight weeks,” Mr Sorgiovanni said.

“The accident did not deter Luke from coming into the workshop and offering assistance where he could.

“This allowed me to leave the workshop to do my quotes.

“I was confident that the workshop was attended and would not lose ‘walk in’ business possibilities,” he said.

Mr Sorgiovanni said Mr De Mamiel’s enthusiasm and good sense of humour were refreshing.

“Luke is very supportive of the fifteen year old work experience students I employ on occasions,” he said.

“He always makes sure the students are kept busy and motivated during their time with us.”

Finalists for the employee of the year were Barry Smith of Label Magic, Stacey Garrity of Adams Family Chiropractic and Laura Kos of Selby Health & Fitness.

Mr Smith was declared the winner of this category.

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