Dairy Community Leadership Award

“Celebrating inspiration and excellence at grass roots”

The Dairy Community Leadership Award recognises a dairying woman who is making a significant contribution in her local rural community, through leadership and support.

The award includes a scholarship to attend the Community and Enterprise Leadership Programme at the University of Waikato. Click here to view the 2018 CELF Programme dates.

The Dairy Community Leadership Award 2018 title will be awarded at the national conference in Rotorua on 22nd March 2018. Finalists will be individually interviewed on 20th February 2018 in Auckland to ascertain a winner followed by Media training and filming on the 21st February 2018 in Auckland.

The selection panel consists of five judges including representatives from DWN (Chief Executive Officer), ASB representative; Tompkins Wake representative and a DWN Regional Leader.


The judging panel will give consideration to the following qualities when awarding the Dairy Community Leadership Award:

  1. The entrant demonstrates leadership in her local community.
  2. The entrant makes a significant contribution to her local community and plays an active role in community organisations and events.
  3. She encompasses the values of Dairy Women’s Network (make it happen, inclusive, stand tall together, and one of a kind) and is a good representative for the organisation.
  4. She is an active and supportive member of Dairy Women’s Network, taking part in all manner of regional group events, as well as national initiatives.
  5. Her contributions have made a positive difference in her local dairy community.

Nominations close midday 5th February 2018.

Nominate now!

2017 Winner

Katrina Thomas

Katrina Thomas 2017

After 21 years in tourism, Katrina moved back to Southland where she met her sheep farming husband. Where they later converted their sheep farm to dairy.

She was Invercargill’s DWN regional group convenor and is now the Southern Regional Hub Leader (Otago, Central Otago & Southland).

She’s involved with community groups such as the Takitimu School PTA, Western Tennis, Takitimu District Pool and many more. Katrina has also recently been appointed the Regional Leader representative on the DWN Trust Board.

“Katrina is a high energy, motivated leader who sweeps everyone along with her enthusiasm and passion for making things happen within the community she lives. She is a self-starter, a practical hand on problem solver, who gets things done!

Her good communication skills coupled with her inclusive leadership style and can do attitude has led her to become the hub of many community activities in Southland.

Her dedication to Dairy Women’s Network, dairy farming women is inspirational. Katrina does not only spear head the development and roll-out of practical, value added training to dairy farmers she displays empathy and caring when initiating fun, social events during tough times.” – Judges Panel

View the 2017 Finalists

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