Rural Women = Future Leaders

On behalf of all the members of CWA of NSW I would like to congratulate Cindy Cassidy from Ariah Park who was announced the winner of this year’s NSW Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award, on Tuesday night.

The award seeks to identify and support women with commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and their rural communities. Cindy believes in the value of Research and Development and will use the award to maximise the quality and effectiveness of agricultural extension through a network of contacts, national and international, to improve the efficacy of locally delivered programs.

CWA NSW has always believed that empowering women builds capacity, strength and resilience which in turn benefits remote, rural and regional communities so we are therefore proud to be a sponsor of a program that supports female leaders in their endeavours to take us into new and innovative spaces.

I was fortunate to be able to attend the Award Ceremony which was held at Parliament House, to celebrate the achievements of the three state finalists; Sophie Anderson from Byron Bay, Trudy McElroy from Deniliquin and of course Cindy. All three finalists were worthy contenders and deciding on a winner would have been difficult.

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Trudy McElroy, Cindy Cassidy, Tanya Cameron and Sophie Anderson

Kate Lorimer-Ward is the Director of Educational and Regional Services within the NSW Department of Primary Industries and did an admirable job as Master of Ceremonies, but in her other life Kate is a member of our Byng Emu Swamp Branch.

The dinner was attended by politicians, department staff, industry leaders, media, past recipients, sponsors and of course friends and families of the finalists; providing ample opportunities for the proverbial “networking”.

Congratulations to all the finalists, but special wishes to Cindy; we hope you enjoy the ride over the next twelve months.

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