Dandy volunteers find their voices

As we head into International Women’s Day (IWD), we asked our employees to get on board and nominate their gender equity champions or send in photos with their version of the #eachforequal pose.

Layle Ward, Dandenong Volunteer CoordinatorVolunteer Coordinator at Dandenong Hospital, Layle Ward (pictured), sent through some photos and some detail of her fabulous and committed volunteering team.

These seven women (pictured above) combined have contributed 66 years to volunteering at Dandenong Hospital.

One volunteer, Janet, has dedicated 35 years to helping our community visiting Dandenong Hospital, in a number of roles. When Janet started, she worked in the Kiosk at night, having completed her day working at a school as a canteen manager while also bringing up three children.

Asked if she had seen many changes for women during her time at Dandenong Hospital, she said the biggest change she has noticed is that “Women have found our voices”. Janet feels like women are “really listened to now”. While she feels women have come a long way since she began working and volunteering, she still feels there is a long way to go and that by celebrating IWD we are certainly heading in the right direction.

Layle herself has volunteered for more than 10 years with an International Service Organisation called Zonta International, whose mission and vision is of a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. “What I have recognised as an employee at Monash Health is that I am given that opportunity to reach my full potential.”

Lovely work, Layle and the Dandenong volunteers.

#IWD2020 #EachforEqual

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