Every business needs an employee like Victoria Shorter. Victoria is corporate affairs manager at Port Hedland International Airport, but it seems her activities to support the airport and her community extend well beyond her job description.
Victoria has worked with the airport for about six years and, according to PHIA general manager Rod Evans, she is the group’s barometer for what is going on in the community and how the airport should be involved. “She keeps us grounded,” Rod said. “She is always considering what is best for the community and is a great advocate.”
Victoria has lived in Hedland for about 12 years and is always interested in what is going on in town. As Rod tell us, she is keen to translate that community interest into her work to ensure the airport is well connected to the town and supports local events and causes wherever possible.
She has been instrumental in the airport establishing important sponsorship arrangements, including with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and St John Ambulance. The sponsorship of RFDS means the airport has waived landing fees until 2022, enabling the RFDS to redirect funds to providing critical health services. With airport support, St John has provided eight defibrillators at public places around Hedland.
Victoria also helped facilitate other community projects on behalf of the airport, including sponsoring a community bus to support women’s health at Jinparinya.
Victoria also uses her strong community connections to good effect in handling public relations for the airport. She runs the website and social media accounts and helps organise a variety of events.
“As part of our small team, she is just invaluable,” Rod said.
So, from all of us here in Hedland, we want to say thank you, Victoria. For always putting the community first, for the passion you bring to all of your work.
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