A SEVEN Hills woman who helped protect about 20,000 homes in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea from burglars recently became the first women to be awarded the Australian Security Medal.
Suzette Po-Williams, customers 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 are Michael Dyson from Tasmania,Harry Korras,Victoria and Don Williams from ACT.
Ms Po-Williams has been with CMS for 21 years, started work as an phone operator and worked the way up to her present position.
‘‘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 industry.’’
Her company managing director, Neville Kiely said he was delighted that Suzette 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 the security professional.