Member Q&A - Gabie George
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This month we talk to Gabie George from Parliamentary Service in Wellington.
What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work?
I’m an executive assistant to a Green MP in Parliament - it can involve anything from briefing my MP on legislation, writing correspondence, speeches and social media posts, managing their diary and inbox and organising events, right through to picking up dry-cleaning and making sure they eat lunch!
What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?
Throwing a great party so our new MP James Shaw could celebrate his maiden speech in style along with his family, friends and colleagues (albeit with only 48hours notice!).
What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?
Seeing bad legislation pass into law with one vote, often disregarding valid issues and questions that have been raised.
What brought you to join the PSA and the PSA Youth network?
A former colleague who was really passionate and enthusiastic about the union movement encouraged me to join the PSA and get involved with PSAY and I’ve never looked back. The opportunities and support meant it was an easy choice to become a delegate, be a member of the bargaining team and take up the offer to sit on the PSA Public Service sector committee and make a real contribution! I can’t recommend getting involved in the PSA and PSAY enough.
Name one (or more) things you like about the PSA Youth network
The opportunities and the people! I got to attend the PSAY conference in Auckland last year, the PSAY regional conference in Wellington this year, and I even got selected to attend an International Labour Organisation union training course in Bangkok thanks to my involvement in PSAY.
The people are what makes it so enjoyable, it’s great to meet new folks who are on your wavelength and make some awesome connections. The networking really pays off in your day job too!
How about when you aren't at work? What else do you like to do with your time?
I love to go on bush walks, snowboard in the winter, do lots of swimming in the summer and travel whenever possible.
What are your three favourite foods?
You can’t top a sandwich of crunchy peanut butter and alfalfa sprouts on toasted vogels! Try it before you judge me!
What are your three loves?
Weather, dogs and Papatuanuku <3
What are your three pet peeves?
People who don’t respond to emails, messy kitchens and people who talk on their cellphones super loud on the bus – not cool, man.
What advice would you give your 18year old self?
Save your pennies girl, life is expensive!