Nominating a rural woman for the 2012 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a great way to celebrate rural women from across New South Wales who give so much of their time to improving our communities and neighbourhoods.
We invite you to nominate a friend, family member, colleague, community worker – any rural woman who you believe makes your community a better place to live.
To nominate a Hidden Treasure volunteer simply complete the online Nomination Form and tell us a short ‘story’ about why your nominee is worthy. All rural women nominated will be included in the 2012 Honour Roll. For more information or if you need assistance with your nomination call the NSW Centre for Volunteering on 02 9261 3600 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: Nominations will only be accepted for NSW rural women. ‘Rural’ is defined as anyone living outside the large metropolitan centres of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.
Leanne Barratt and Martha Brown are two wonderful Hidden Treasures we unearthed in 2011. We look forward to your nominations for the 2012 Honour Roll, to be launched at the 2012 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering in Parkes, by the Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson on 13 October.
Leanne Barratt [Gloucester]
Leanne is a quiet achiever who makes an incredible contribution to the Gloucester community lifestyle and wellbeing. She grew up in the Illawarra then attended Macquarie University before moving to Gloucester 21 years ago with her husband Scott.
Leanne has been a volunteer member of the Gloucester Environment Group since inception, Gloucester Arts Council and was the founding member of the very successful Gloucester Gallery established 11 years ago.
She has organised hundreds of exhibitions, both community based and of regional/state importance and has managed the entire staffing of the Gallery with a team of volunteers.
Recently, Leanne organised the highly successful and very moving ‘Courage to Care’ exhibition held in Gloucester over several weeks. Many school and community groups found the exhibition a life changing experience.
‘Courage to Care’ is a community outreach initiative that demonstrates the importance of standing up to bullying and prejudice whenever it occurs. This powerful social initiative of inclusion and learning had many of those attending (especially the school students) commenting on the profound and positive impact meeting the holocaust survivors had on their lives.
Leanne is a valued artist, tutor, mentor, curator and volunteer for many community groups. She is very involved in the 2011 Gloucester Women’s Gathering and is the sole organiser and instigator of ‘Yarning the Country’– aimed at developing connections women make at this year’s Women’s Gathering – by helping to create a knitted landscape for the Gloucester Gallery.
Martha Brown OAM [Orange]
Martha is the Coordinator of the Orange Branch of Camp Quality – the children’s family cancer charity that believes in bringing optimism and happiness to the lives of children and families affected by cancer through fun therapy and education. She has been involved in running the camps, helping with ongoing fundraising and promoting Camp Quality since joining in 1989.
Martha is the Chairperson of the Organising Committee for annual week long camps which support up to 100 children with cancer as well as their families. She has attended 20 week-long camps and has been involved in family cluster weekends.
Martha has raised three children, assisted in the family business and was involved with Cabonne/Orange Life Education Van, the Catholic Women’s League, the Scout Movement and Meals on Wheels.
Martha is best epitomised by the words of Camp Quality Doctor, David Howe: ‘It is always touching to see how Martha’s efforts are rewarded with smiles, laughter and hugs from the Camp Quality children (as well as all the volunteers). I can not think of a more inspirational woman than Martha Brown.’