The latest Future Leader presentation was made at the IAG Research Centre in Sydney to Shawn Buie of Hornsby Prestige Smash Repairs and Parviz Hasanyar of Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs, both third year autobody repair apprentices at Campbelltown TAFE.
Bruce Fleming, IAG’s Motor Assessing Manager NSW Rural North was MC for the occasion, which was attended by several representatives of IAG, Campbelltown TAFE, Hornsby Prestige, Carlingford Prestige and the National Collision Repairer.
Fleming introduced Terry Teremoana, Head Teacher at Campbelltown TAFE, who said: “Both Shawn and Parviz have shown extraordinary commitment and dedication to their trade and have worked extremely hard to overcome the challenge of being deaf. This is also a credit to their employers who greatly assist with their integration.” Teremoana went on to thank IAG for their support of the Future Leaders initiative.
Fleming then introduced IAG’s Paul Wood, Motor Assessing Manager NSW Metro South, who in turn invited both recipients to join him for a short Q&A, conducted in Auslan, the sign language of the Australian deaf community.
Wood: Tell us what the best thing is about going to TAFE at Campbelltown?
Buie: The ongoing support and the opportunity to learn something new every day.
Hasanyar: Our teacher, Daniel Nardalin, is so supportive – it makes learning easier.
Wood: Now, a very important question – what footy team do you follow?
Hasanyar: That’s easy – Manly Sea Eagles!
Buie: I’m not into footy – soccer’s my game.
Wood: And what do you think you will be doing in five years’ time?
Buie: I’d like to go into business with my brother who is a truck mechanic.
Hasanyar: I want to be the best I can be, buy a house and support my family.
Wood: Shawn, what is it that you like about working at Hornsby Prestige?
Buie: I fit right in, get no special treatment and I’m treated as an equal.
Wood: Parviz, what is it that you like about working at Carlingford Prestige?
Hasanyar: They are always there to help and have made me feel part of the team since day one.
Wood: And finally, what is your dream car?
Hasanyar: Toyota Hilux – I like the practicality and flexibility.
Buie: Mazda RX3 – it’s a real classic.
Wood then congratulated Shawn and Parviz on their achievement and presented each of them with their certificate and the award of two I-CAR training courses. “IAG is proud to continue to support the Future Leaders of the Industry initiative and we see such recognition as critical for the future of the industry,” he concluded.
On receiving his award, Parviz said he was extremely grateful to Carlingford Prestige for all their support, and to Daniel and the team at the TAFE. Shawn added his thanks to Hornsby Prestige and IAG for their support of the initiative.
Editor: IAG’s ongoing support and sponsorship of these awards is greatly appreciated. We all wish Parviz and Shawn every success as they are both inspirational and worthy Future Leaders of the Industry.