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CFA wears its colours with pride
CFA people are used to listening to shouts of thanks, even clapping and cheering. Last Sunday, the thanks and cheers were for the 60-strong CFA contingent who marched in uniform under the rainbow flag as part of the 2016 Pride March.
By Paul Huggett
For CFA organiser and Pride ambassador Russell Wright, it was another milestone for CFA.
“Six years ago when I first joined CFA, I would have said 'you’re dreaming' if you’d told me we’d march. But we marched for the first time in 2015 and last Sunday was just as terrific.”
Russell is quick to point to the unwavering support from CFA’s top ranks. “Joe Buffone and Lucinda Nolan have both been wonderful. When I invited each of them, it was ‘Yep, I’m there’ without batting an eyelid.”
DCOs Steve Warrington, John Haynes and Alen Slijepcevic and ACOs Bob Barry, Trevor Owen and Garry Cook joined the march, adding their support to recognising diversity and inclusion among CFA’s members.
“I was really proud to march. We need to recognise and promote diversity at every level of the organisation. And this begins with our leadership,” said Joe Buffone.
Lucinda Nolan echoes these sentiments. “It was a fantastic day. Once again, I felt proud to be part of CFA. Respect is one of CFA’s values and Sunday was all about respect for our people. It really showed the power of diversity.”
Russell Wright reckons that CFA is now at the vanguard within the sector. “CFA has completely turned things around. We’re showing the way within emergency services not only for LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual Intersex) members but also for women and the Koori community. And that’s true diversity.”