Celebrating Harmony Week - Meet Candice Keates
Celebrating Harmony Week - Meet Candice Keates
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Celebrating Harmony Week - Meet Candice Keates

At Workwear Group we’re proud to celebrate the diversity of our Team Members.

At Workwear Group we’re proud to celebrate the diversity of our Team Members. Throughout Harmony Week, we’ll introduce you to different Team Members from across the business and share a little bit about their backgrounds.

Introducing Candice Keates, Finance Business Partner, pictured with Nala her adorable Frenchie x Pug (Frug!). Candice started with Workwear Group in January 2021, so reach out and say hello if you haven’t already!


I was born in Johannesburg (Joburg), South Africa. My mom was also born in Joburg but my dad was born in England. My mom and step dad came to Australia for work and my sister and myself piggy-backed on their visa. My dad is still in South Africa. I have been in Australia now for 5 years and I am in the process of applying for my Australian citizenship at the moment, woohoo!

I speak English at home. I learnt Afrikaans at school and can understand it pretty well but speaking it isn’t my strong point! Considering South Africa has 11 national languages it is uncommon to find someone who only speaks one language fluently (I seem to be part of that minority).

In South Africa we have a public holiday called heritage day and I’ve always celebrated it by having a braai. A braai is a South African version of a BBQ but much MUCH better (always on charcoal or wood fire, never gas). Pictured is a type of Braai Sausage called Boerewors which directly translates to “Farmer Sausage.” Super delicious and juicy with lots of herbs and spices mixed in with the meat!



My favourite South African dish is Koeksisters – a sweet sticky syrupy treat. It is pretty much just dough that is deep fried and then soaked in a lemon-y syrup. https://www.chelsea.co.nz/browse-recipes/south-african-koeksisters/

 


What do you value about Australia’s multiculturalism?

I have learnt so much about so many different cultures; what they believe in and what they value. I can’t wait for international flights to open up as my bucket list of countries I want to visit just keeps growing every time I meet someone from somewhere new.

How do you think multiculturalism can add value to the workplace?

Educating everyone about the different cultures in our workplace leads to more respect among peers, people will be less likely to judge and it will create more compassion among team members if people show an interest in peer’s backgrounds.

Thank you for meeting our team members!

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