The new chair of Dairy Women’s Network (DWN) says connection is vital for the sector moving out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The award celebrated the work of DWN’s volunteers at grass roots and the impact they have in their local rural and dairying communities.
Supported by rural insurance company FMG, the award highlights the passion for people within the Network’s volunteer Regional Leaders.
Dairy Women’s Network chief executive Jules Benton is encouraging members to celebrate their Regional Leaders who actively demonstrate leadership, and the values of DWN, with a submission.
“As an organisation we are led from the ground up. Our volunteers are our connection to dairy farmers all over the country; they work hard behind the scenes to deliver opportunities for connection and upskilling that fit with the needs of our members,” says Benton.
“They are often points of contact and connection within their areas and are heavily involved in other groups and initiatives. The effort they put in for both DWN and their own networks deserves to be acknowledged, as well as their personal growth and development.”
Benton says DWN is pleased that FMG has signed on as a sponsor for a second year.
FMG’s chief client officer Andrew Brunner says organisations like DWN play a critical role in keeping rural communities connected and create opportunities for knowledge sharing and personal development.
“Feeling a part of your industry and community and growing as a rural professional are important and FMG wants to see our rural communities thrive. That’s why we support the Regional Leader of the Year Award. We wish all the nominees the best of luck,” says Brunner.
Nominations close in March, when finalists will be put before a judging panel of representatives from Dairy Women’s Network and FMG.
The recipient will be announced at a gala dinner during the 2022 DWN conference in Invercargill and will receive a registration to the Dare to Lead Programme facilitated by Kaila Colbin and Borna New Zealand, as well as travel costs and accommodation in the location of the programme.