Rural communities are being reminded to nominate a worthy rural woman for the annual Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, with the nomination period extended until the 30 July 2014.
The Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a wonderful lasting tribute which recognises the valuable contributions volunteers make to our communities.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Rural Women’s Network Coordinator, Emma Regan, said all women nominated will be included in the Honour Roll, which will be launched at the 2014 NSW Women’s Gathering at Coolamon, 12-14 September 2014.
Why not consider nominating a rural woman who has made a difference to help others in the community by contributing to charities, emergency services, the arts, environment, education, social justice or sporting organisations.
Rebel Black from Lightning Ridge and Aunty Bea Ballangarry from Toormina are two outstanding women who were included in the 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.
Through her businesses, Rebel has created the opportunity to influence several aspects of community life in rural Australia including healthy lifestyle, entrepreneurship, personal development and leadership.
Aunty Bea is an inspirational Gumbaynggirr Elder, educator, healer, and community mentor who volunteers tirelessly in the areas of education, community development, crisis intervention and advocacy of women’s issues. Each week Aunty Bea volunteers more than 30 hours to nurture inter-community harmony and understanding by promoting recognition, honour, respect and the importance of connecting to others.
These dedicated women represent the crucial role volunteers play in helping to build and strengthen rural communities. To nominate your Hidden Treasure, complete a nomination online by Wednesday 30 July 2014.
You can download past honour roles and read more inspiring stories on our website.