Young Employee Awards - Recipients 2017


A big congratulation to our Outstanding Young Employee Award Winner, Tessa de-Barr from Backyard Café and the Dale Carnegie Leadership award winner, Jessica Pritchard from McDonalds Porirua!

The annual Westpac Porirua Business Awards event was yet another wonderful night - recognising the achievements and successes of dedicated people in our community. We had 21 applicants this year and our judges carefully debated their way to four finalists - Tessa de-Barr (Backyard Café), Salevao Savea (Connect Global), Beau Hartley-Tilley (Countdown, Aotea) and Jessica Pritchard (McDonald's, Porirua). We all sat on the edge of our seats, eagerly waiting for Michelle Robinson, Partners Porirua Executive Director, to announce the winner of the Young Employee Award for 2017, Tessa de-Barr. Surprisingly followed with another announcement for the Dane Carnegie Leadership Award to Jessica Pritchard. We are very proud of all applicants and finalists - what phenomenal and outstanding young people we have in our community. Congratulations Tessa and Jessica.



Service and hospitality come first for Tessa, with her role as Manager Supervisor at Backyard Café in Palmers Garden Centre. She is exceptionally hard working, showing huge initiative and vision to provide the highest quality food and service option for customers. She thrives in the challenge and consistently demonstrates great work ethic. Tessa exudes maturity to accept and grow on the job. Nothing is too much for her.



Jessica is General Manager for McDonald’s North City. This entails managing 25 staff, stock ordering, control of food safety and overseeing the Health and Safety programmes. Having passion for the brand, she’s an excellent role model and always does her very best to move the restaurant forward. Jessica has been eager to develop and actively works towards building market share whilst completing her Bachelor of Commerce.



All winners of an award at the Westpac Porirua Business Awards 2017
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