Wednesday 25 October 2023: Woolworths has recognised its top team members across the country, as part of its annual Team Member of the Year internal awards program, announcing 12 deserving national winners this month.
Woolworths employs more than 130,000 team members and received a record 7,000 entries to this year's awards.
Natalie Davis, Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director said: “At the heart of our supermarkets are our dedicated store team members. Year after year, we come together to celebrate exceptional leadership, service, and camaraderie through our esteemed Team Member of the Year Awards.
“These awards shine a bright light on the extraordinary dedication and relentless effort displayed by our team members in stores who consistently embody our core values. Our team members care deeply for their customers and their communities every day across Australia.”
This year the team was impressed by the community initiatives led by team members.
Woolworths Riverside in Tasmania was announced as the winner of the Community Store Team of the Year award.
The team was recognised for supporting local schools, where it donates weekly breakfast boxes filled with fresh fruit and vegetables. These donations are also used for positive education programs focused on healthy eating. The Riverside store team also proudly supports the organisation and running of Agfest, the single-largest event in Tasmania.
On an individual level, team members were also recognised for going above and beyond for their communities. This includes the Care Leader of the Year winner, Nicole Rummell, Customer Service Assistant Department Manager at Woolworths Hervey Bay.
Nicole was recognised for her remarkable fundraising efforts and for taking the lead to coordinate donations on behalf of the store to support a range of community initiatives, such as fundraising for The Children's Hospital.
The full list of 2023 national winners includes:
Group Manager of the Year:
Katrina Chung, NSW/ACT region
Store Leader of the Year:
Jacob Bradsworth, Store Manager, Woolworths Darwin City, NT
Grocery Leader of the Year:
Dylan Hatherley, Grocery Manager, Woolworths Kalgoorlie, WA
Fresh Leader of the Year:
Denae Jones, Fresh Convenience Team Manager, Woolworths Highgate, WA
Fruit, and Veg Leader of the Year:
Jamie Walker, Fruit and Veg Team Manager, Woolworths Victor Harbour, SA
Online Leader of the Year:
Eloise Ross, Online Manager, Woolworths Fairfield Central, QLD
Customer Service Leader of the Year:
Melissa MacDonald, Customer Service Team Manager, Woolworths Glen Innes, NSW
Checkout Operator of the Year:
Dennille MacDonald, Store Team Member, Woolworths Bribie Island, QLD
Care Leader of the Year:
Nicole Rummell, Assistant Customer Service Manager, Woolworths Hervey Bay, QLD
Community Store Team of the Year:
Riverside, Community Store Team, TAS
Online Delivery Driver of the Year:
Gurinder Singh, Online Delivery Driver, Woolworths Plainlands, QLD
Customer Fulfillment Centre Site Leader of the Year:
Simone Dennis, Customer Fulfillment Centre Manager, Rochedale, QLD
Natalie added: “Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this year’s awards - we wouldn’t be ‘fresh food people’ without the dedication of our team members who serve hundreds of communities across Australia every day.
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