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MFB Commander recognised for exceptional public service leadership

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26 Aug 2019
An MFB firefighter with more than 15 years’ experience has been recognised for her dedication and leadership serving the Victorian community.

MFB Commander Donna Wheatley was honoured on Wednesday at the Top 50 Public Sector Women (Victoria) awards presented by the Institute of Public Administration (IPAA) and the Women’s Network Advisory Committee.
Launched in 2017, the awards recognise the individual excellence and achievements of exceptional women leaders and their significant work.
Commander Wheatley said she was honoured to be recognised, alongside other deserving participants, including several women achieving great things in the emergency management sector.
“Being recognised by IPAA is humbling and encouraging,” Commander Wheatley said.
“Everyone appreciates their efforts and achievements being acknowledged, but it was even more heart-warming to know that I was nominated by my peers and organisation. 
“To earn the respect of those I see as role models is incredibly rewarding and I’m so grateful for the support I receive to continue my values-based work and leadership in the sector.”
MFB Acting Chief Executive Officer / Chief Officer Greg Leach said the award was well-deserved.
“As a leader and role model, Commander Wheatley embodies the values and professionalism of MFB.
“I’d like to extend my congratulations to Commander Wheatley for her many achievements which have been acknowledged in this important award.” 
A career firefighter with the MFB in Melbourne, Commander Wheatley has worked in operations since 2003 across many directorates including Community Resilience, Strategy and Innovation, Emergency Management, and the Office of the CEO and Training.
She was one of the first two women at MFB to be promoted to the rank of Commander. She is passionate about helping people and has spent time volunteering in Cambodia, where she helped train firefighters, and in Peru and the Philippines where she helped mentor and educate vulnerable young people.
She has also volunteered with the Fitzroy Learning Network supporting refugees and asylum seekers. Commander Wheatley is a former President and Board Member of Women and Firefighting Australasia which promotes equality across the fire and rescue sector.

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