Upper Hunter Shire Council Celebrates Young Achiever's Award Win

Published on 05 October 2023

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It's a momentous occasion for Upper Hunter Shire Council as we proudly announce Jenna Dowell, our Trainee Engineer in Works Delivery, as the recipient of the esteemed Young Achiever’s Award at the Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government.

The Ministers’ Awards were instituted in 2008 to shine a spotlight on the indispensable contributions women make in local government roles across metropolitan and regional/rural councils. These awards serve to amplify the voices and stories of women who play pivotal roles in building stronger, more resilient communities.

Jenna’s story at Council is one that epitomises growth and commitment. She initially joined us as an Admin Trainee for Infrastructure Services. Her exemplary contributions during her traineeship did not go unnoticed. Jenna later applied for, and was successfully appointed to, her current role as a Trainee Engineer. Currently, she's diligently working towards completing her Engineering degree.

"Jenna embodies the very essence of operational excellence that we strive for at Upper Hunter Shire Council. Her journey from an Admin Trainee to a Trainee Engineer is a testament to her dedication and work ethic. She has not just met our expectations but has consistently exceeded them," said Greg McDonald, General Manager of Upper Hunter Shire Council.

Her achievements reach beyond just the operational aspects. Jenna has also proven to be an instrumental figure in the community, inspiring those around her to aim high and contribute positively to local projects.

Mayor Maurice Collison adds, "Jenna is more than just an employee at Council; she's a community builder. Her work resonates in every corner of Upper Hunter Shire, making it a better place to live, work, and play. We couldn't be prouder to have her as part of our team."

Jenna’s award is not just a win for her but serves as a beacon for what can be achieved through dedication, skill, and a community-centric approach. Her recognition in the Young Achiever’s category is richly deserved, and we at Council look forward to supporting her in her future endeavours.