A SEVEN Hills woman who has helped protect about 20,000 homes in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea from crime has been awarded the Australian Security Medal.
Suzette Po-Williams — customer service manager of Central Monitoring Services and the NSW convener of the security industry group — was recognised for her commitment.
The mother of two received the award from the Australian Security Medals Foundation’s patron, MP Philip Ruddock, in a presentation at Sydney Town Hall last week.
The other recipients were Michael Dyson from Tasmania, Harry Korras of Victoria and Don Williams from the ACT.
Ms Po-Williams has been with CMS for 21 years.
She started work as a phone operator and has worked her way up.
‘‘I do everything that needs doing but my title is customer service manager,’’ she said.
‘‘I absolutely love what I do.
‘‘The award is not just about CMS, it’s about all the stuff I love doing for the industry.’’
Her company managing director, Neville Kiely, said he was delighted that she had been awarded the ASM for commitment to lifting industry standards.
‘‘ The entire CMS team congratulates Suz for her contributions, not only to us for over 21 years, but for all the work she does to improve the industry for little reward,’’ he said.
‘‘This medal provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate her achievements.’’
A spokesman said the Australian Security Medal Foundation recognised the outstanding career and character of security professionals.