The awards recognize and reward ChemCentre employees who go above and beyond their roles to display excellence in all aspects of their work, from their interactions with clients and staff, their dedication to projects, and their contribution to the wider community.
This year’s winner of the Ian Ritchie Achievement Award, Antoinette Harvey, was recognised for her unmatched work ethic, attention to detail and always positive attitude. Ms Harvey was pleasantly surprised when she was announced as the winner.
“I was just excited to be announced as a finalist. There are so many great people at ChemCentre, I really didn’t think I stood a chance!”
Fellow finalists included Kari Pitts, Ronja Bergmann, David Detata and Bianca Douglas, with Ms Bergmann taking home the Ritchie Early Career Award for an outstanding staff member who is in the early stages of their career.
Award finalists (L to R): Bianca Douglas, Antoinette Harvey, Ann Ritchie, Ronja Bergmann, Kari Pitts and David Detata.
Ms Harvey, a laboratory technician in the criminal and sobriety toxicology team, said she’s had great feedback from everyone at ChemCentre.
"It’s particularly nice to hear of the impact on fellow ‘techos’, and I’ve had a lot of technicians congratulate me and say it’s made them feel as though the award is more achievable.”
The award includes a grant which contributes towards professional development with a personal benefit as well as benefit to ChemCentre. Ms Harvey hopes to use the prize to attend a toxicology conference in the US in 2016.
The award, named after the late Professor Ian Ritchie AO, was presented by Prof. Ritchie’s wife Ann Ritchie on behalf of the family.
Part of the award ceremony included presenting length of service awards to 26 employees, representing 445 years of dedicated service to ChemCentre and the WA community.
Congratulations to all award recipients!