Delegate award winner: “Ask, engage, collaborate”
Kate Hamilton, formerly of Hamilton Ministry of Social Development, and now working in MSD’s National Office, is the most recent person to receive a delegate achievement award.
A delegate since 2000, Kate has been an inspiration for PSA members in Work and Income, helping to create delegate structures that will thrive long after her departure from the Waikato to work in Wellington.
Kate says “the irony of an individual award in a collective organisation is not lost on me,” but it is through her work building collective strength that this award came. When our union’s Transforming the Workplace strategy was brand new, Kate took it upon herself to create resources that turned our strategic agenda into a day-to-day plan for union activity.
At PSA Congress in 2014, Kate presented her work in a highly successful workshop, with delegates attending found incredibly useful. Many later took Kate’s examples back to their own workplaces, helping to build our union organisation in a number of enterprises.
PSA vice-president Peter Robertshaw joined many of Kate’s colleagues and PSA staff in Hamilton to present her with the award, one of the highest honours in the PSA.
Theresa Hughes, one of Kate’s colleagues and fellow delegates, says “she has my admiration for her ability to multitask, playing the role of convenor, national delegate, administration support, delegate trainer, Yum Cha logistics and adjudicator all in the same meeting.”
Congratulations Kate, and thanks for all your hard work, on behalf of all 62,000 members of the PSA.