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Owner and Pharamacist of
FROM studying chemical
engineering in Norway to heading
up Norske Skog in Albury, Wenche
Ravlo has come the full circle.
The Norway ex-pat has worn
a number of hats working in her own
country including as a consultant and quality
manager as well as being responsible for
environmental control of all the Norske Skog
mills in Europe.
In 2004 she was appointed to the position
of general manager for Norske Skog in
Norway before relocating to Australia to fulfil
the same role last year.
All this as well as raising three children.
"In Norway most families have both parents
who are working, and we were fortunate that
we had a lot of support,'' she said.
"I think people need to take advantage of
exciting opportunities that come their way.
"People can't think that they might not be
able to do something, because you can.''
Mrs Ravlo said all women should make the
most of any opportunities that came their
"It is about making choices and it is about
making the best choices for you.''
She was quick to point out that being a
professional and mother was demanding.
"I think you just have to realise that you
can't be everything,'' she said.
"You have to realise that you will miss
some things, but you continue to work hard
and your children learn to become more
"I love Australia and this has been a great
opportunity for us.''
General manager of
No rske Skog
YOU can't come in here, " was the
greeting Albury pharmacist Lyn
Mayo was met with as she tried to
get into the male-only Albury Club.
Her plea that she was there for
a pharmacist meeting fell on deaf ears and the
meeting venue was changed to a small room off
the entrance to the club.
"That was 27 years ago and thankfully a lot
has changed for women in business, but there
is still work to be done to reach true equality, "
"My experience has been easier than some of
my female pharmacist friends as my business
partner is also my husband and we have worked
together in raising our family and developing our
Giving birth to three daughters in quick
succession meant that Mrs Mayo and her
husband David job-swapped, raising the kids
and running the pharmacy.
"This gave us a good understanding of each
other's roles and responsibilities, " he said.
Mrs Mayo said pharmacy was a demanding
profession and one that needed constant
Both Mrs Mayo and her husband have gone
on to study further in fields like information
technology and management.
Mrs Mayo mixed raising children and running
her own business with volunteering for various
organisations including the Albury-Wodonga
Occasional Childcare Centre and Albury Public
"There have been some very low moments
as a working mother --- the one I cringe about
is when one of my daughters developed
appendicitis, " she said.
"She did not present as a typical case so
it took some time to diagnose and arranging
appropriate care for her while we were both
working full-time was difficult.
"In the end she was at work with me, rolling
around on the dispensary floor in excruciating
pain and she loves reminding me that I said to
her: shhh the customers will hear you!"
A burst appendix and long recovery was to
Mrs Mayo said she had made many great
friends and worked on industry committees with
"I volunteered at Charles Sturt University in
Wagga to mentor local students in their final
year which was a real privilege, " she said.
"In fact this led to inviting three young
pharmacists joining us as partners in our
"Looking back over 27 years of pharmacy
ownership, the standout is definitely the people
I have met --- the wonderful customers and the
fantastic staff members --- all friends. "
Mrs Mayo said she jokingly tells people she
put many girls through university, not just her
"I am very proud that we have been able to
facilitate many of our young pharmacy assistants
through local degrees.
"We have student OT's, nurses, podiatrists,
speech therapists, social workers and teachers
on our payroll.
"The next generation is in safe hands as they
are wonderful young people who balance work
and study so they will be well-equipped to
balance life and work in the future. "
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