Kim Wilcke, Regional Manager at Australian Catholic Super and Retirement Fund in Canberra, talks about her role in the finance sector, in the newsletter of the National Office for the Participation of Women.
This role is about connecting people with their superannuation and empowering them to make informed decisions about their future.
I am responsible for servicing Members and Employers in the Canberra-Goulburn, Wilcannia-Forbes and Bathurst Diocese.
This takes the form of visiting schools and Catholic Education Offices to deliver presentations and also to consult with people one on one about their superannuation under a General Advice offering. I also work with a wonderful Financial Planner, Oya Guney who can provide Personal Advice to both Members and Non-Members.
I am the eldest of four girls, growing up in Orange NSW, coming from a Catholic family I was acquainted with the Church primarily during my primary school years. As I attended public schools throughout my education my involvement with the Church was like that of many other women, it tapered off, however I believe that my core values were, in part, formed by the Church and remain at the heart of how I conduct myself today.
My family life also shaped my life’s journey in that my father was a drover who was often away for long periods of time, although we spent most school holidays working on the stock routes running from Northern Western NSW down through to Victoria.
While we were at home there was also an expectation that we would help with many of the household chores and so there was never a gender differentiation in terms of roles whether we were at home or out droving and we were never told that we couldn’t do or be anything.
After completing an Art Certificate, a Bachelor of Visual Arts and some Teaching Studies, I decided not to pursue teaching. This led to a return to Orange in 1994 with my (now) husband where we started with a cleaning contract at a pre-School and found other jobs through the day. I secured a role as a teller on a temporary, part-time basis and went on to work for a General Insurance Organisation.
FULL STORY Kim Wilcke (Newsletter of NOPW)