Centre employee shines

Senior paralegal tenancy advocate Shirley Glover with her award and principal solicitor Linda Saverimutto.
Senior paralegal tenancy advocate Shirley Glover with her award and principal solicitor Linda Saverimutto.

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin announced the winners at the ceremony to honour community, local government and media contributions to consumer protection.

Ms Glover is the second GCLS employee to win this award. Principal solicitor Linda Saverimutto won the same award in 2011.

�It�s very special for us, as Rona Okely is a life member of the centre and was involved in setting it up,� she said.

Ms Glover is a tenancy advocate at the centre, helping tenants with rental, financial and legal difficulties. She has worked there for 25 years.

�These days it�s very difficult for people to get (public housing) � even if they are on the priority list they are waiting two to three years and the main waitlist is about 10 years,� she said.

�There are a lot of people on Centrelink paying for private rentals and their whole payment is going on rent.

�I try to stabilise their tenancies and stop them getting evicted.

�If you�re on a Centrelink income and you�re feeding your kids, getting them to school and paying your rent and your bills, then you�re doing a very good job.�

She said the nature of the work was that she was often faced with �no-win� situations but she was determined to get good outcomes for her clients.

�The work is very challenging, but it�s very rewarding and we have a great team here,� she said.