This is Gary’s story….
“I have been fortunate to have been working in the wider Pacific for the past 19 years, predominantly in the potable and non-potable Water Sector, with the total support of the Companies I represented.
I was introduced to the PWWA SOME 15 years ago and decided it was an organisation that I needed to be part of if this was to be my future.
Over the years there have been many individual highlights, too many to mention.
One of the biggest buzz’s I have gotten is the openness with which the Pacific Water Utilities as a whole opened their doors and welcomed me in once they realised I was here for the long term and had something to offer.
So the journey began where it quickly went from a job to a passion and it remains that way till today.
Being involved from grassroots to final completion of a project is what makes it for me, nothing like being there when the first trench is dug, the first pipe & fittings are laid, offering support and training, and then to see the final result and watch the pride that the Utility teams show when a project is completed.
The other main highlight has been my involvement with PWWA, I do remember the 2010 Conference in Fiji where I met and spent quite a few hours with a gentleman called Jim Keary (Dad), he encouraged me to become more involved, and well the rest is history, from being nominated and voted onto the Board, being part of the Sustainability Committee as we went through a rigid restructure process to where we sit today, an organisation we can all be proud of.
During this time I have been lucky to have had the continued support not only of the Water Utilities but also from my fellow Allied Members.
This was obviously topped off in Vanuatu in 2019 with being awarded the “Water Professional of The Year” trophy, this for me is the pinnacle of my 19-year career in the Pacific to date, something that I will cherish for ever.
… a big thank you to you all for making it what it is.”
We say, faafetai tele and Malo Gary!
10 September 2019