Work values pay off for Tweed pair

A BANORA Point jewellery repairer and a Terranora dog washer have been rewarded for their strong work values with the Pride in Workmanship Awards.

Ben Fogarty, 27, a staff member at Tweed City Shopping Centre store Wallace Bishop, and Leanne Clarke, 48, owner of an Aussie Pooch Mobile franchise, were presented with the accolades by the Rotary Club of Tweed Heads South yesterday.

Rotary Club president Charles Warrell said Mr Fogarty and Ms Clarke impressed the club with their abilities, work ethics and their empathy with clients.

“This is a case of credit where credit is due,” Mr Warrell said.

“The Pride in Workmanship Award is designed to acknowledge those, irrespective of age or vocation, who display outstanding qualities in terms of approach, attitude, dedication and commitment to his or her job.”

Mr Warrell said the responsibility to do a job well was one of the greatest assets in any community.

“The award is intended to cover all aspects of work performance and ethics, inclusive of quality and quantity of output, safety, initiative, sense of responsibility and courtesy,” he said.

Mr Fogarty, from Banora Point, and Ms Clarke, from Terranora, said they were both surprised but overwhelmed of their awards.

The Pride in Workmanship Award is given out only once a year from nominations received by Rotary members.

Mr Warrell nominated Mr Fogarty after buying a watch from him at Wallace Bishop on Boxing Day last year.

“I just thought he was genuinely interested in his job, very polite, had a lot of knowledge and wasn't pushy,” Mr Warrell said.

Mr Fogarty has been working for Wallace Bishop for two years while Ms Fogarty has run her franchise for eight.

Ms Clarke was nominated by Rotary member Rod Baines, who has been a client of hers for years. “I nominated her because of her extremely kind and thorough service.”

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