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05 September 2014

NAWIC recognises Laing O'Rourke women

Each year the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) holds its Crystal Vision Awards to recognise and celebrate the contributions that women make in the construction industry. Laing O’Rourke is proud to be a major supporter of the awards.

This year Laing O’Rourke’s Raquel Rubalcaba took out the top award at the NAWIC NSW Awards, winning the Laing O’Rourke Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry.

The Crystal Vision Award is NAWIC’s premier award, and recognises persons who actively promote and encourage participation and career progression of women in the construction industry. The award celebrates achievements of a person who demonstrates foresight and a continuing commitment toward advancing the interests of women in the construction industry as a whole.

Managing Director Cathal O’Rourke said that Raquel is extremely well credentialed and thoroughly deserving of the award.

“In addition to her busy day job, Raquel has taken on an active role advancing Laing O’Rourke’s diversity agenda. There is no doubt amongst the business that she has been an instrumental force in the development and implementation of our industry leading parental leave policy and flexible working policy”, he said. 

“She has personally championed issues of diversity with me and has been vital in advocating the work of the Diversity Council across the operational arms of the business.”

Raquel said that she was incredibly humbled by the award.

“I’m proud to be part of an organisation that is at the forefront of industry thinking in diversity and equality. I believe that Laing O’Rourke’s parental leave policy and flexible working policy will have a broad beneficial impact on the construction industry as other industry participants adopt similar policies”, she said

Earlier, Laing O’Rourke’s Brisbane-based Indigenous Relations Advisor Kristal Chapman won the Blackwood and Bosch Award for achievement in the construction industry by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Woman in the combined Queensland and Northern Territory NAWIC Awards.

Northern Region Director Darren Weir said Kristal’s recognition by her peers and the broader industry was well deserved.

“Kristal is having a wide-ranging impact across the business. She is actively engaged in a number of key programmes, including developing and delivering cultural awareness training, working alongside our work winning teams, advancing our equity and diversity agenda and our EPIC sustainability programme, and has a pivotal role in our Reconciliation Action Plan” he said.

Kristal said she that was incredibly proud to accept the award.

“I have worked hard to be a role model and mentor to support other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to grow and create brighter futures as active members and leaders in their communities”, she said.

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