01 April 2015

Determined Donna takes out top trainee award

Donna McKee proudly shows off her award at a ceremony in Bunbury last week. She is pictured with Chester Church, Senior Learning and Development Consultant, and Neville Penny, People Development Group Leader.

The mother of four began her traineeship with Alcoa in November 2013 after 10 years working in the retail industry and is described by her supervisor as a ‘determined and motivated individual who thrives on a challenge’.

“Donna is a focused, motivated go-getter who tackles challenges head on,” Group Leader Neville Penny said.

“Failure is not an option in Donna’s eyes and she negotiates every hurdle and works hard at knocking down any barriers that get in her way.”

Donna expressed her surprise and excitement at winning the coveted award, adding that she felt immensely proud to be recognised for her efforts.

“I am a believer of hard work so it was an honour to be nominated. To win the award as well was the icing on the cake,” Donna said.

“It was a nerve-wracking experience to get up on stage and accept the award in front of so many people, but it was very exciting too.”

The Mandurah local is actively involved in her community and volunteers at the Murray Mandurah Riding for Disabled centre one day per week and is always encouraging her team members to do the same.

“My roster gives me the flexibility to maintain my volunteer work. I am very lucky to work for a company that is so supportive and diverse and encourages a great work-life balance,” Donna added.

Donna is due to complete her traineeship in May, which will culminate in nationally-recognised Certificate 2 and 3 qualifications. She hopes to continue her work in the resources industry and be a role model for older women who are in the position of starting a career later in life in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Media contact

Jane McGuire on 9316 5102 or jane.mcguire@alcoa.com.au

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