Career consultant a finalist for a national veteran’s award

Alison Bannister. Photo: Jon Hewson.
Alison Bannister. Photo: Jon Hewson.

ROCKINGHAM resident Alison Bannister is a finalist for a national veteran’s award for her work as a career consultant with a particular focus on mum’s returning to work.

Ms Bannister said one of her first customers was the Marilla Community Centre, based at the Rockingham Navy Club, which runs weekly programs and regular events to support Australian Defence members and local community members.

“We partnered together and I began working with a number of Australian Defence Force spouses assisting with career coaching on a one-to-one basis,” she said.

She also facilitates free career workshops at Marilla where ADF partners and Marilla members can attend for free.

“Often ADF spouses have to give up their careers to follow their spouses career, because they could be posted every two to three years.

“So, I aim to help them get their career established and tap into the local job market. I also assist clients posting out of WA.”

Ms Bannister was nominated by one of her clients for the Prime Minister’s Veteran’s Award for the category of Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment.

“It is such an honour and a privilege to have not only been nominated, but to have been selected as a finalist and have my efforts recognised this way,” she said.

The winners will be announced in Canberra on March 5.