Suncorp veterans commemorate Remembrance Day
Suncorp veterans, reservists and defence families are today commemorating Remembrance Day around the country, taking the time to pause and reflect amidst a year of disruption.
Our veterans are today attending the COVID-Safe Remembrance Day ceremony in Brisbane’s ANZAC Square, and recently spent some time touring the ANZAC Square Memorial Gallery to reflect on our history.
Our stores are also sharing the RSL’s “Remember to Remember” campaign – an important message, lest we forget in this disrupted year.
Remembrance Day is characterised by teamwork, by being able to rely on your mates and your families, and by coming together as a community to serve others, and that’s something we all really need right now.
Davor Strbac, Suncorp employee and veteran
Ben Dullroy and Davor Strbac are two Suncorp veterans who are participating in this year’s activities. Together, they co-chair Suncorp’s Servus Employee Resource Group, which exists to support Suncorp employees who have served in defence or emergency services.
“It has been a year of hardship and challenges, and it would be easy to forget our history,” Mr Dullroy said.
“But after this year of isolation, it’s more important than ever for us to come together, in whatever format, and remember those who came before us.”
Mr Strbac agreed and said that it had been a great opportunity for him to reconnect with fellow veterans, many of whom he hadn’t been able to see in months.
“For me, Remembrance Day is characterised by teamwork, by being able to rely on your mates and your families, and by coming together as a community to serve others, and that’s something we all really need right now.”
Servus was formed 18 months ago to support Suncorp veterans, reservists and defence families, but has since expanded its support to include employees who volunteer with emergency service organisations, given the common service ethos.
The group provides members with the opportunity to connect and support other veterans and volunteers. It also helps advocate for increased employment opportunities and employment conditions for veterans and emergency service volunteers, while giving back by supporting organisations like Legacy and the RSL.
Davor Strbac is a strong advocate for increased employment opportunities for veterans, having won the Veteran Employee of the Year award at the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Awards earlier this year.
Suncorp also introduced unlimited paid emergency response leave earlier this year in response to the number of employees wanting to volunteer during the Australian bushfire crisis.