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Connect - Issue 7

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On Wednesday, 24th January 2018 CDC Victoria launched a brand new Community Engagement (CE) initiative - 'A day in the life of…" in partnership with PTV's 'Bring your kids to work day'.

17 kids ranging in age from eight to 13, two parents and four staff who run PTV's 'Bring your kids to work day' initiative participated in this new event.

Our CE Manager, Michelle McKersey who tailor-made the event with advice from our Safety Manager, Depot Manager and Workshop team, expressed how this inaugural event really paved the way for a brand new direction in Community Engagement for CDC Victoria.

"CDC Victoria is proud and thankful to have been given this opportunity to collaborate with PTV as part of their staff initiative. The event spearheads a new direction for CDC's Community Engagement Initiatives while opening the door for more collaborative efforts in the future."

The day involved a bus pick up from PTV in Docklands, a brief introduction from driver, Tony Meek about his role as a driver and a scenic journey to CDC Oakleigh Depot. At Oakleigh, the kids, parents and accompanying PTV staff were treated to a drive through the bus wash, guided tour into the workshop, an informative look at bus engines and parts, a visit to the driver's room and relaxation area.

"We've only driven one other group of visitors through the bus wash previous to this and we love seeing the reaction from our visitors. Kids and adults alike love the bus wash and the novelty of the short trip really entertains and engages the kids," added Michelle.

They were also given the opportunity to interact with our drivers and staff - to better understand what it takes to be a CDC driver and staff.

"This insider look into the depot really gave visitors the chance to connect with and engage with our staff. We are privileged to work with an amazing team and we're so thankful that our employees took time to answer questions from the kids and parents," added Michelle.

The versatile format of the new initiative also gives us the flexibility to tailor the day to include various other career paths that we would want to highlight in the future.

To keep in touch with more of our CE initiatives, please follow us on Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/cdcvictoriabus/

For more information about CDC Victoria's Community Engagement initiatives, please visit http://www.cdcvictoria.com.au/community/community-engagement