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Two DWN Regional Leader of the Year finalists announced

Two women working at the grassroots of the dairy industry are being honoured as Dairy Women’s Network announces the finalists for the second DWN Regional Leader of the Year award.

Donna Griggs, who farms in Ruawai, Kaipara up in Northland and Rebecca Green, a dairy farmer from Cheviot, Canterbury, represents over 70 regional leaders across New Zealand who connect the organisation to rural communities.

“Our regional leaders are the faces of Dairy Women’s Network and are the first point of contact for farmers around New Zealand. They put enormous amounts of effort and time into organising and hosting regional events to provide their communities with the knowledge to further local farms, and ultimately the wider industry,” Dairy Women’s Network CEO Jules Benton said.

Both finalists demonstrate a focus on the DWN value of building connection, from organising and hosting events to connect with regional members, to hosting discussion groups on their farms, involvement in school boards and regional branches of industry organisations, such as the Dairy Industry Awards and Federated Farmers.

“The award not only highlights the effort they put into their roles as volunteer regional leaders, but the work they do behind the scenes for the good of the industry. Our two finalists are both excellent representatives of Dairy Women’s Network and consciously incorporate our values into their work and day-to-day lives.”

This year’s award was supported by FMG, who are known for their work in the rural wellbeing space.

FMG’s Head of Agribusiness Centre, Nicki Mackay says FMG is delighted to support the award. “We recognise the value of connecting with others, the opportunities to keep learning and for the part they play in wellbeing. We’d like to thank Donna and Rebecca for the work they do in their rural communities and congratulate them on being finalists for this award,” said Mackay.

The 2021 DWN Regional Leader of the Year will receive a registration to the Dare to Lead™ programme facilitated by Boma New Zealand, travel to the location of the programme and accommodation.

The recipient will be announced at a gala dinner in Taupo on the 8th of April. FMG will be presenting the award.

Tickets for the dinner are still available for you to join in and celebrate the finalists.

For more information:
Zellara Holden
Partner Relationships, Marketing and Communications Manager
Dairy Women’s Network
zellara.holden@dwn.org.nz

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