The women at the grass roots of Dairy Women’s Network are being recognised for their contributions to the organisation and the dairy industry, as the annual Regional Leader of the Year award moves into its second year with the support of rural insurance company FMG.
The award is a celebration of their role in connecting the Network with rural women and the wider community and industry.
“These women are an integral part of DWN, leading, organising and hosting events that encourage learning and connection. Many of them are also pillars in their communities – from holding positions on school boards, to acting as points of contact and support for other farmers,” says Dairy Women’s Network CEO Jules Benton.
“As a partner of the Dairy Tomorrow Strategy, DWN supports the building of vibrant and prosperous communities through strengthening community connections. Our Regional Leaders are key to the success of this commitment, and they demonstrate our values of inclusivity, building connection and seizing opportunity every day. It’s important that the time these women contribute to their regions, and to building and maintaining community relationships, is acknowledged.”
With the award focused on community and personal achievement, sponsorship from FMG is a natural fit, says Benton.
“FMG are great supporters of New Zealand farmers, and we are proud to welcome them on board as the sponsors of this year’s award. To have them recognise the value of our volunteer Regional Leaders at grass roots level is just fantastic for everyone involved.”
FMG’s Chief Client Officer, Andrea Brunner says organisations, such as Dairy Women’s Network, play an important role in the fabric of rural communities. Feeling connected within one’s industry and community is one of the recognised ways to maintaining wellbeing which is why we’re supporting the Regional Leader of the Year Award. We wish all nominees the best of the luck,” says Brunner.
Nominations can be made at dwn.co.nz/regional-leader-of-the-year and close at the end of February.
The award winner will be announced at an Awards Dinner at the Allflex and DWN2021 Step Up Together Taupo conference.
Photo credit; Supplied: FMG’s Chief Client Officer Andrea Brunner sees the award as a celebration of connection to the industry and community, which is key to farmer wellbeing.
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