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Who is Dot?
Dorothy Winter (aka Dot) is a Receptionist at GSA on Thursdays and Fridays. We sat down with Dot to find out more about her talents, fears and what she does to relax. Read below to find out more and see what the GSA staff have to say about Dorothy too!
How did you start at GSA?
I was introduced to Katy by my daughter Tracey (who was working at GSA at the time), as I was asked to cover the Reception area for a GSA work function. I had just left the University of NSW after 25 years, so I was happy to cover Reception for the day. It came up in a later conversation when talking with Katy, that I would in the near future be looking for a part time job, away from students and Academia. Three months later, Katy offered me a part time position at GSA.
Who do you look up to?
First and foremost, I look up to God, because then everything else in my life falls into place. People who walk and work with integrity, whatever their cultural and linguistic backgrounds may be.
What is your greatest talent outside of work?
I wouldn’t say my greatest talent, but working in my garden – challenging but very rewarding.
What is your greatest fear?
Doing the wrong thing by anyone.I always like to treat people the way I would like to be treated.
What do you do to relax?
Gardening, listening to music, entertaining friends and family, reading biographies (just finished reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris), what an incredible story (talk about a cat having nine lives ….I think the Tattooist did too).
When are you the happiest?
Having some quiet time to myself. Catching up with family and friends, gardening and travelling.
If you could have talent, what would it be?
To be able to speak and understand the languages appropriate to the countries I visit overseas. How much fun that would be?
What is your favourite food?
Healthy foods, especially seafood. I also love spicy foods (I make a mean curry).
What is your favourite holiday place to visit?
Bali, because the Balinese are so happy and friendly which is contagious and their gardens and landscapes, etc. are all amazing. I get to stay in beautiful villas where I can relax with my own swimming pool and travel to the different islands and eat exotic looking food and just enjoy the atmosphere.
What is on your bucket-list?
More travelling – Bali, Greece, Israel and back to Paris/France soooon!!
What motivates you to get up every day?
Being able to make a positive difference on a daily basis in somebody’s life, it’s so rewarding.
What are you most proud of?
Successfully obtaining both my Library Technician Certificate and my Librarian Degree while working two jobs and trying to be the best Mum I could possibly be to my three children. Becoming a Librarian enabled me to work in a professional institution with UNSW that provided me with great benefits. Above all, I was able to spend quality time with my children and give up that second job! ... yay!!
What do you enjoy most about working with GSA?
Being an amazing young company with amazing Management and staff.From the first day I started at GSA, everyone has been so kind and friendly and accepting of me into the GSA family.I will always be grateful to GSA for taking a chance with me, especially never working as a Receptionist/Admin, let alone working in Insurance where I have learnt so much in the 3½ years I have worked with GSA.They sure have kept me on my toes with the various dress up functions over the years (really stepped out of the box for these events).
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don’t like looking too far ahead, but I am believing that I will be blessed travelling around the world – just enjoying life.
We decided to ask some GSA staff members about Dorothy too. Simone Slattery explained that Dot is "Always the first to put her hand up to help me manage my phone calls... She goes way beyond what’s expected in her role, even asking what she can do to help you to make your day run smoother!". Rocco mentioned that he "loves her positive can-do attitude" and Antonia says "There is nothing better than walking into work on a Thursday and Friday and seeing Dorothy’s smiling face! (and the bowl of lollies 😊)". Simone Longworth said she is so grateful for having Dorothy as a friend who " goes above and beyond to take care of each and every one of us in so many ways". Sam Hunt says she "Does everything we don’t see. The little engine of GSA!". Finally Peter Hogan summarised "Dorothy has a wonderful, cheerful and spiritual nature, where she looks to help and problem solve across a wide range of office related issues.She is a strong friend to many of her work colleagues & it is a pleasure to know her."