“I’m on top of the world!” is Hailey’s response when asked how she is today. Her recent promotion from Cleaner to Site Supervisor might have something to do with that. “I’m very excited about my new role, managing the Virginia Crew”.
The Virginia Crew
The ‘Virginia Crew’ is what the cleaning team of 13 working on the Brisbane City Council bus sanitisations at the Virginia Depot call themselves. “We’re like a family”, Hailey proudly reflects on her team. “We spend a lot of time together – up to 6 nights a week – so we have become very tight. It’s crazy to think about – 6 months ago none of us even knew each other!”
Previously working in the food and retail industry for IKEA and the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, Hailey joined Multhana in October 2020 as a bus sanitiser at the Sherwood Depot.
Six months later, her leadership and positive attitude led to her first promotion to Bus Supervisor. Today Hailey is transitioning into her new role as Site Supervisor, taking over from her manager and mentor, John. “It’s an absolute privilege” she says of her new role.
“This is the best job I’ve ever had”
Reflecting on her short time so far at Multhana, Hailey says: “I have loved every minute of it. Everyone is amazing – so friendly and welcoming. This is the best job I have ever had, and I’ve had a few pretty good jobs!”
A proud Māori, Hailey’s father is from the Ngāti Tūwharetoa tribe, and her mother from the Tainui tribe, from New Zealand’s central North Island. Outside of work, Hailey is very passionate about “anything to do with Rugby League”, having managed the under 15s FOGS (Former Origin Greats) boys side in the Arthur Beetson Murri Rugby League Carnival in 2014.
What does reconciliation mean to you?
“To me, reconciliation means the restoration of friendly relations. People like me, a visitor to this land, must remember the horrendous history the Indigenous people of Australia had to endure. For this great country was forged on the backs of the Indigenous peoples of this land.
I pay respect and give thanks for how blessed I am to live and thrive here in Australia. Thank you, Tangata Whenua.“
Tangata Whenua is a Māori word meaning ‘people of the land, protectors, and guardians.’
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