Karen Burbury believes her philosophy to give back to the Launceston community is what led to her receiving the Premier’s Award for Contribution to the Community.
The award was presented to Ms Burbury at the Tasmanian Hospitality Awards on Monday night.
While the award was given to Ms Burbury, she accepted it on behalf of all staff at Cataract on Paterson, acknowledging the part each employee played.
“It was really nice to be recognised for what we do,” she said.
“The whole team embraces give to give and they know it means when you’re part of Team Cataract you make a difference.”
Receiving the community award was special for the Launceston restaurant as the community forms the backbone of its operation – and its inspiration, Ms Burbury said.
A sense of community has to start at home and it has a ripple effect that prospers.Karen Burbury
“Without the support of our community we wouldn’t be here.”
“Team Cataract has a reputation for lending a helping hand. All the tips these guys receive goes back to giving [to others].
“We champion the community and have seen others jump on board,” she said.
Cataract on Paterson’s charity Giving Back has donated thousands of dollars in staff tips and diner donations to community groups around Launceston over the past three years and the restaurant is a regular supporter of the Give Me 5 For Kids fundraiser.
One of the factors contributing to the recognition Ms Burbury and Cataract on Paterson received via the award is the dedication shown by staff.
“Hospitality is often seen as a fly-by-night industry that isn’t a career, but hopefully with us driving change it’s a far more positive career option,” Ms Burbury said.
“Everyone is treated equally here.”
“I hope what we’re doing prompts others think about people who work with them,” she said.
A commitment to her staff and their welfare fosters team spirit within their community.
“I try to invest in their lives and give them structure. It’s about giving your attention and keeping involved,” Ms Burbury said.
“A sense of community has to start at home and it has a ripple effect that prospers.”