Wednesday, 17 February 2021 07:55

Dairy Women celebrate volunteers

Written by  Jessica Marshall
Dairy Women's Network chief executive Jules Benton. Dairy Women's Network chief executive Jules Benton.

For the second year in a row, Dairy Women’s Network will give out its Regional Leader of the Year award with support from rural insurance company Farmers Mutual Group (FMG).

The organisation says the award is a celebration of the role of DWN’s grass roots volunteers in connecting with rural women, the wider community and the dairy industry.

“These women are an integral part of DWN, leading, organising and hosting events that encourage learning and connection,” says DWN chief executive Jules Benton.

“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,” Benton says.

She says the organisation’s regional leaders are the key to the success of their commitment to the building of vibrant and prosperous communities.

“It’s important that the time these women contribute to their regions, and to building and maintaining community relationships, is acknowledged.”

Benton says that FMG’s sponsorship of the award is a natural fit.

“To have them recognise the value of our volunteer regional leaders at grass roots is just fantastic for everyone involved.”

FMG’s chief client officer Andrea Brunner says organisations like DWN 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,” Brunner says.

“We wish all nominees the best of luck.”

Nominees must be a member of the DWN Regional Leader programme, she must encompass the values of DWN, viewed as a go to connection in her community, and must demonstrate leadership in her community.

Nominations close on 21 February. The winner will be announced at an Awards Dinner at the Allflex and DWN2021 Step Up Together Taupo conference.

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