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Parliamentary honour for Newcastle recruiter

Newcastle recruiter Suzie Ninevski has been recognised in NSW Parliament for going above and beyond to help people in her community during COVID-19.

Suzie, who is the director of AIR Recruitment in Newcastle, was the subject of a Community Recognition Statement by her local MP, Sonia Hornery, on June 4.

Ms Hornery told her fellow MPs how Mrs Ninevski had been offering free resume, job seeker profiles and career advice, as well as food vouchers, to people impacted by pandemic-related shutdowns. “In offering assistance to people during this situation, Suzie said she wanted to give back and support communities in any way possible,” Ms Hornery said. “She also contacted my office, and generously offered $1000 worth of vouchers from Coles and local butchers to be distributed to those in need as the lockdown progressed.

“As a recruitment specialist, Suzie was in a position to offer help to people facing a seriously depressed job market.

“This was such a wonderful show of community spirit and I thank Suzie from the bottom of my heart on behalf of all those in the Wallsend Electorate.”

Mrs Ninevski said she was honoured by the Community Recognition Statement but felt she had to do something for her community after taking many calls from families in which both parents had lost their jobs, putting huge pressure on local households.

“It’s been heartbreaking,” she said. “I believe it is vitally important during these difficult and unprecedented times that we all support each other and lend a hand where possible.

“For weeks I have been seeing the huge impact on families and their budgets both locally and national from this COVID-19 crisis. I want to give back and support communities in any way possible.

“I would encourage anyone who can assist by purchasing or donating food vouchers to please become involved. We all need to stand up at the moment and support each other.

“We are being asked to physically distance from each other, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t socially be there for one another.

“I’ve had many job seekers call me just for a chat, and I encourage this because not everyone has someone to turn to. If I can lend an ear and offer support or guidance, I’m more than happy to do so.

“There are lots of people out there at the moment who need support and we will do our best to assist as many people as possible.”

Mrs Ninevski said she and Ms Hornery would continue working together on volunteer initiatives to help people in need.

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