Sydney based lawyer Danica Leys, NSW winner of the 2012 Rural Industries R&D Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award is one of seven state finalists who will travel to Canberra in early October for the announcement of the national Award.
The 2012 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award will be announced in front of 300 industry leaders, politicians and special guests at the national Award dinner at Parliament House on Tuesday 9 October.
The Award identifies and rewards women’s contribution to primary industries and rural communities by providing financial assistance, mentoring, resources and support via its nation-wide network of business and community leaders for selected state winners.
Having been actively involved in agriculture for the past 15 years, including stints as an agronomist in Narrabri and Dubbo and now as a Senior Industrial Relations Advisor with the NSW Farmers’ Association, AgChatOZ co-founder Danica was announced as the state Award winner earlier this year.
The social media community borne from the creation of AgChatOZ is bridging the city-country divide by connecting rural Australia and providing a meeting place for weekly conversations about the issues relevant to rural and regional Australia.
As part of the state Award, Danica received a $10,000 bursary to develop her vision to take AgChatOz to the next level, increasing the online community’s participation and supporting rural people to develop their social media skills.
Danica said the Award has provided a platform to progress this vision.
“Since winning the award I have travelled to Dallas in the US to attend the AgCareers.com Food and HR Roundtable,” Danica said.
“This is an opportunity that may not have come my way had I not had the profile from winning the award.”
RIRDC Managing Director, Craig Burns said Danica’s drive and passion were the reasons for her selection as the NSW Rural Women’s Award winner for 2012.
“Danica is a great example of what this Award is all about – acknowledging the unique leadership traits of women to connect, collaborate and to influence and effect change in their industries and communities,” Mr Burns said.
“Danica’s remarkable contribution to connect rural and regional Australia and reduce the city-country divide is to be commended and we look forward to celebrating her achievements at the national Award dinner in October.”
The 2013 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award is now open to applications. Rural women are encouraged to enter themselves or to nominate someone with a commitment and desire to making a real difference to their industry and community. Applications close on 15 October 2012.
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