DWN Media Release – DWN Regional Leader of the Year finalists announced

The 2023 finalists for the Dairy Woman Network (DWN) Regional Leader have been announced.

This award, sponsored by FMG, showcases inspirational women who demonstrate excellence at grass roots, leadership in their local community, and encompassing the DWN values.

Jules Benton, DWN CEO says, “it’s always so exciting and inspiring to see the calibre of woman nominated for this award. And this year is no exception and each of these incredible women truly live the DWN values.

“Our Regional Leaders, across New Zealand, are woman who believe in helping their communities, connecting their rural networks, and in supporting individuals.  They often juggle running a farm, families, are heavily involved in their communities – and then are our volunteer Regional Leaders as well; organising, attending and often inspiring events in their communities.

“Thank you to FMG for their ongoing support for this award and for being part of celebrating someone who is truly exceptional. I’m thrilled to see these three amazing women become finalists”.

This year, the three finalists are Emily Williams, Rachel Usmar and Roseanne Megaw.

The recipient will be announced at the gala dinner in Invercargill on the 3 May.

About the finalists:

Emily Williams farms near Oxford in North Canterbury and is a DWN Regional Leader, where she encourages people to local events to build connections and friendships and take time off farm. She is described as someone who is always willing to help and support others, setting meaningful goals to become a better leader and creating a positive impact in only a short time in the Regional Leader role.

Rachel Usmar farms near Matamata in the Waikato and is a full time AB Technician for LIC. She has also set up a Native Plant Nursery, donating the plants to the local schools and teaching them about the different varieties and how to plant them onto a nearby dairy farm. She has found a passion in teaching others and is mentoring and inspiring young woman working alongside ITO to attract women to the dairy sector. Rachel is Regional Leader, Committee Member for the 2023 Brighter Braver Bolder conference and a member of DWN Te Awamutu Business Group.

Roseanne Megaw farms near Temuka in Canterbury and is the Regional Leader for South Canterbury.  Roseanne is also a parent and teacher at her local preschool, advocating for good news stories about dairy in person and on social media. She is described as someone who is passionate about woman in dairy and inspires other women to reach their potential.


Photo: Supplied by DWN; Emily Williams, Roseanne Megaw and Rachel Usmar

For more information contact: 

Zellara Holden 
07 974 4852

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