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all in the family
Having more than one or two members of the same family working with Alcoa is not uncommon.

At Alcoa’s Point Henry Smelter in Geelong, we employ four Beasley siblings - three of them being triplets.  Julian, Stephen and Michael were the first set of identical triplets born in Geelong and nearly 50 years on they all work at Alcoa, along with their sister Mary Ann.
Another two sisters and a brother round out the family.

Stephen is a Potrooms Tapper, Michael a Potrooms Operator, Julian an Emergency Response Operator, while Mary Ann is a Sales Administrator.

Mary Ann (whose husband Garry incidentally also works at Point Henry) was the first in the family to make the move to Alcoa, joining us in 1982.

“Alcoa was renowned for being a good employer, jobs were highly sought-after and Alcoa was expanding with the Portland Aluminium Smelter at the time,” Mary Ann said.

“Working for a large company has given me the opportunity to work in a variety of roles in various parts of the plant.”

It was Mary Ann who encouraged Julian to apply to join the company, when she heard there were vacancies available in the Potrooms in 1996. In the following years, Stephen and Michael also made the move to Alcoa Point Henry.

All four Alcoans have different reasons for joining the business. For Stephen, it was the challenge of working in a global company, while Michael was looking for a change and a job that allowed flexibility so he had more time to spend with his family.

Each sibling enjoys Alcoa for different reasons.

“Your job is what you make of it and I enjoy the challenges that my job offers me. In the Emergency Response Department, each day there is always something different happening. Helping people is a very rewarding and important part of my job. You’re only as good as the person you stand beside in a team environment. That’s what makes the people in department 931 very special and a pleasure to work with,” Julian said.

For Michael, it’s the friendships he’s forged over the years: “It’s the mateship, a newer extended circle of families and friends, the variety of work that Alcoa offers and learning new skills.”

“I enjoy working in a team to the best of our ability and helping reach our goals for the company,” Stephen said.

“The interaction with our customers and working with a terrific team of dedicated people is what I enjoy most,” Mary Ann added.

overseas volunteering expedition for huntly operator
Alcoa has given Alcoa Huntly Mine Operator Danielle Hoey a year-long leave of absence to volunteer at a Cambodian school and make a difference to the lives of children aged 7 to 17.

This will be Danielle’s second trip to the region, having previously worked at the same school for a shorter time late last year.

“The children I’ll be working with are several years behind in their learning compared with Australian students.  They arrive at school barefoot and unfed, they have no air-conditioned facilities and live in poor and unhygienic conditions, and they’re expected to learn under these circumstances,” Danielle said.

“I feel very lucky that Alcoa is allowing me to take this time away from work to travel to Cambodia.  It’s wonderful that I’m allowed this ‘time-out’ - I don’t think a lot of companies would do the same, and I am very grateful for the opportunity.”

With volunteers like Danielle expected to pay their own way, attracting volunteers can be challenging for charity groups.

“The money you personally invest is worth it when you look at the amazing life experiences you gain,” she said.

“It’s my kind of holiday - even when I have been on holiday to Bali, I have taken bags of old clothes to donate on my arrival. I just love this kind of work and making a difference to the lives of those who are less fortunate.”

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The Beasley family

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Danielle Hoey, before she took off on her volunteering trip, with Mining Operations Manager Ian Cardilini. Scroll down for Danielle's story.