Before joining ALGWA, I had a negative perception of “women’s groups” and queried the benefits that could be provided, especially when in my experience other women can often be our harshest critics. However, after attending just one of ALGWA’s conferences, I discovered ALGWA provides a network of accomplished women, who have a breadth of professional and life experiences that are willingly shared. My involvement with ALGWA gave me hope with the challenges I was then experiencing in my professional life and indeed, I would not have run for and stayed another term without the support provided by ALGWA members. There are a number of industry bodies that represent local governments in Queensland, however, ALGWA represents the individual and that distinction is important.
Pierina Dalle Cort