GIVE HAPPY LIVE HAPPY: RECOGNISE A VOLUNTEER IN YOUR COMMUNITY

 

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The NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Rural Women’s Network program is seeking your help to uncover female volunteers within NSW rural communities before 28 July 2017.

These worthy women will be included in the 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, acknowledging and celebrating their contributions to NSW rural communities.

Women are so often the backbone of families and communities and without their support many groups including charities, emergency services, the arts, environment, social justice, education and sporting organisations would struggle to survive.

We initiated the Hidden Treasures project to promote and archive the work of these remarkable women.  It is not an award program but a public tribute to the vast number of women who give their time and energy to help others across rural, regional and remote regions.

We look forward to seeing women from diverse backgrounds who volunteer in your region included in this year’s Honour Roll as recognition of the valuable work they do.

An example of previous Hidden Treasures can be found at 2016 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll

The 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll will be unveiled at the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering in Narrandera from 27-29 October.

To nominate a Hidden Treasures’ volunteer you simply need to go to the following link: Hidden Treasures or call 02 6391 3706.  Tell us a short ‘story’ about why your nominee is worthy.

All rural women nominated will be included in the Honour Roll.  

Don’t forget we need these completed nominations by 28 July 2017!

More than six million Australian volunteers give happiness to other each year. Research shows that those volunteers are happier as a result. Whether it’s one hour or an ongoing commitment, it’s easy to share your skills and interests to give happy and live happy.

 

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Celebrating courage, celebrating seasons

By Stephanie Dale, Byron Bay
As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual

Liz Chappell

“The book has given me courage and confidence to play with the big kids in the garden media world.”

It was the middle of a New England springtime, mid-November 2015; Liz Chappell cast her eyes around the visitors in her garden—570 of them, over two days.

They were there for the garden—and they were there for her.

This was the moment Liz had chosen to launch her book, Celebrate the Seasons: Garden memoirs from New England.

“It was overwhelming,” said Liz. “Wonderful. To be honest I still don’t think it’s actually sunk in that I’ve done it. I’ve written and published my book.”

A year ago, Liz was a riot of confusion and reticence about the project.

She had 20 years of gardening diaries up her sleeve, garden notes she’d kept since moving back to Glen Innes from Sydney to live in her parents’ home—to the house and garden originally built by her great grandparents.

“It was very daunting. I wasn’t really a gardener—then again, they say the gardening gene kicks in around 40. I was 39.”

As well as the diaries, Liz knew from experience tried and true there was a significant gap in the market for advice about gardening in the New England district.

“Our climatic region runs from Tamworth to Stanthorpe. It’s very cold and we’re on the edge of a monsoon pattern.

“To be honest, I learned more from other gardeners and English gardening books than I did from Australian gardening media, largely because our media focuses on the coastal areas, where most people live.”

Liz, who for four years wrote a regular gardening column in the local newspaper, thought she would pool her articles for the book—only to find she didn’t have enough material. She needed more. And she needed photos. Good photos. Photos of greater quality and expertise than she was capable of producing.

“These were my stumbling blocks. When it all felt too much I’d shelve the project, again and again, then I’d dig it out and work on it in fits and starts.

“This went on for three or four years—but the idea just wouldn’t leave me alone!”

Then The Write Road came through town, with writing workshops dedicated to new and unpublished writers.

“When I saw the workshops advertised I knew this would be my starting point. They were absolutely wonderful, extremely helpful.

“The first workshop crystalised my ideas and the second gave me practical guidance on how to approach the project.

“Through the workshops I understood that even though I was writing a gardening book, it was also my story—that it was important to tell my story—and I gained the confidence I needed to commit to the project.”

For a solid year, Liz dedicated herself to the book, full steam ahead. In 12 months she wrote, produced and published her book. And she found a skilled photographer willing to work with her in return for a share in profits.

“I rang a former colleague who lived in Brisbane, Kim Woods Rabbidge. I said, ‘If I go ahead with this crazy idea would you be willing to work with me, and if we get rich and famous we can share it.’

“Kim was wonderful to work with—I’d ring her at short notice and say, ‘The rose is blooming!’ or, ‘The frost is coming!’ and she’d jump in the car and drive down. I was very privileged to be able to work with her.”

By far the most significant aspect of Liz’s journey has been the rollercoaster ride of validity and credibility.

“I’m a self-taught gardener, I don’t have degrees and qualifications. The past few years have been a rollercoaster ride of overcoming voices in my head saying, ‘Who do you think you are to write this?’ and then this other voice says, ‘You must do it!’

“I was 65 and I knew if I didn’t do it now, I’d never do it.”

Once she knuckled down, Liz said she loved every minute of the writing process.

“I had a strict daily routine. I’d garden until lunch, then write until the 7 pm news or my husband started cooking dinner, whichever came first.

“I loved pouring words onto the page; finishing was a bit of an anticlimax really.

“And then I got the design concept back—and I cried; it was really going to happen. Up until that moment there was still every chance it would go back into the too hard basket.”

In six weeks Liz sold more than half the 2000 copies of the book sitting in her hallway.

“It was like having a litter of puppies— delightful at first, then you have to find homes for them all!”

She said the journey has been life-changing.

“Some moments have been terrifying—such as when I had to ask people I greatly admire and respect for endorsements. And some moments have been absolutely incredible— such as when I received the endorsements.

“The book has given me courage and confidence to play with the big kids in the garden media world.

“I could have gone my whole life thinking I can do that but never actually doing it. The book has proved to me that I can do it.

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Women leaders: Mona Shindy

Jane Gilmore, this article was originally published on Women’s Agenda
As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual

Mona Shindy, winner of the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award, is not the typical privileged white corporate success story.

Captain Mona Shindy (pictured below) has seen 26 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy. She has won numerous awards and achieved seniority in an organisation not traditionally given to promoting women. Mona immigrated from Egypt when she was three-years-old, and is rightly proud of the success and the she has found in Australia.

Captain Mona Shindy

What effect do you think winning this award will have?

I think it will give a lot of women in the defence force confidence in themselves and confidence to see themselves as legitimate business leaders and operators, not just public servants. Because they are doing genuinely important, complex and difficult tasks. Similar to or often even harder than people in civilian life. So this is a really powerful recognition of that work.

Also women in my position, from diverse backgrounds, who have come to Australia as immigrants, or even second generation, where there is still some differences that can make them a little unsure about whether they can succeed. To be able to see somebody who has, and has been honoured in such a great way, I hope that will give people some inspiration and encouragement.

Who’s been your inspiration?

I’ve known lots of inspirational people, but I’m more the kind of person who just watches a whole lot of different people. I don’t necessarily engage a huge number of mentors or role models. I learn things from people through observation. So there are things that I watch in people and I think, ‘wow I really liked that about that person, that affected me in a very positive way, and I’d like to emulate that.’ By the same token, I also observe behaviours that I say to myself, ‘I will never ever be that type of person.’

I’ve also had some fantastic personal role models. My mother is the most wonderful example. With the early death of my father, we were left with a family of young teenagers and very small sister—she was only five. Mum really took it all on and she made us believe in ourselves, she got us all through school and university; she is a really gutsy woman. To have done all that, on her own, with no extended family support here in Australia as a first generation migrant, she’s a great role model.

Also, there’s lots of male role models too. I’ve got a couple in particular who have made an effort to really give me some guidance along the way and have really helped with the training I’ve received and the opportunities I’ve been given. They really supported me all the way and I really value those people and the contributions they’ve made to my career.

You’re now a role model for young women? What do you most want to show them about your career?

I’ve always been very honest with who I am, it’s very important to me to be true to myself, and it’s also important that people that I work with are also true to themselves and are able to express themselves. Allowing people to have that freedom, allowing them to tell you the truth about how they think things should be done and how they see things from a different perspective. Allowing that two-way dialogue, weaving in everyone’s ideas together, ensures everyone to be part of the vision of where we’re going and how we get there, I think that’s really important.

I love to see young people feeling that they’re respected and valued for who they are—it’s not about trying to be something they can’t or put on some kind of act, it’s just about who they are. I think that’s how you get the best out of everyone.

What would you say to young women who want to make a career in a male dominated field but who might be intimidated by the challenges of attempting it?

Do whatever it is you dream and hope to do. No matter how many setbacks along the way, pick yourself up and keep going. I would say to those young women that if you’re good at maths or science, if you’re good at those things, be proud of that, be proud of the talent that you’ve got and use it to the best effect you can. And don’t be afraid. Sure you might come across some blocks in your life, or certain people who might not give you the same opportunities as a male counterpart, but just as often as you meet those people, rest assured that there are truly excellent people in the workforce too. And it’s just about keeping at it until you find those champions, those people who will back you and support you, even when you fall down. Don’t give up, you will succeed.

It’s certainly true that you’re facing even more challenges being not just a woman, but a Muslim woman in a white male dominated organisation, and you’ve overcome them, but perhaps not everyone has that strength?

No that’s true, everyone has different levels of resilience, that is absolutely true, but for me, what drives me is the hope for a better future. So I figure that whatever I can do, however hard I can work to make that little bit of an inroad into my career, that’s one less bit of work the next generation has to do, and that’s worth it. If we put that bit of effort in today, that’s one less thing the next generation has to do tomorrow.

And it’s just a matter of time. I really believe that, there are so many things people thought we could never do. Whether it’s technological advancements or huge cultural changes that happen in organisations or communities, they can and they do happen. That’s why we can never lose hope and we shouldn’t be afraid to keep working for change, even when it seems too difficult.

You’ve just got to keep going.

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Robyn’s story: From grub to butterfly

By Robyn Warwick, Narrabri
As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual

I am now a strong, independent woman that wears strong colours and had the nerve to paint my house purple, when the norm was green, cream and white. But I wasn’t always this way.

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There had been a few times in my life when I had to draw upon my inner strength to continue living the best I could but this would be my biggest challenge yet.

Looking back to a vision of myself as a young child, I see someone who was colourless. My most important aim was to be good and not rock the boat. Back then and still to this day my siblings would refer to me as the ‘goody two shoes’.  Mum would say she didn’t know I was there and that I was never any trouble.

This urge to please was never too far from the surface. I never voiced my opinion about moving all the time. I was never asked for my opinion, or how I felt continually experiencing the sense of not belonging. I was looking in on life.

When I married, I swallowed my sense of better judgement and moved in with my in-law’s to a flattened out petrol tin house. The aim was to save money and build our own home.

The time finally came to subdivide the land and have a block of our own, but my
mother-in-law refused to give her only child his independence. On top of this was the
revelation that they were going to build a section of their own, attached to our house.
I protested for a little while, but eventually caved in.

It wasn’t until I became a widow at 29-yearsold, when my husband died in a car accident,
and with two little children to protect, I was left with part of a house on someone else’s
land, that the colourless shell began to crack.

So began my journey of strength—a two-year legal tug of war and bravely standing up
to my mother-in-law, when a clause in the agreement for the land was for them to have
custody of my children one weekend a month.

I remarried; this time, a restless man who only wanted to be a truck driver, after spending seven years in the army. Money was tight trying to keep two households—one at home and one constantly moving up and down the East Coast—and when mobile phones came into vogue a $1000 a month phone account was the norm. Driving a truck was a lonely life, and the lifestyle impacted on his health, his physical form and his moods.

Investigating my family tree had been an ongoing hobby for many years, searching
for relatives and trying to fill the gaps in my childhood. The end result was something that never crossed my mind—I discovered we had an older sister who was adopted out at birth.

The unbelievable event happened, when 16 years and five days after my first husband was killed in an accident, my second husband was hit by a car, whilst walking across the road to his truck, and died at the scene. Once again the responsibility of raising our daughter fell on my shoulders, so more strength was needed.

The child within me still felt responsible for other people and I became a carer for my first mother-in-law and my own ageing parents.  I carried this feeling through to my chosen career as an advocate, trying to solve other people’s problems.

It wasn’t until I waved goodbye to my youngest child, as she walked through
the departure gates heading to Japan as a Rotary Exchange student, that I gave myself
permission to ask.

For the first time I was free to do whatever I wanted. But what? I was 53-years-old.

I threw myself into knowledge and education and became a qualified remedial massage
therapist, reflexologist, level two reiki practitioner, all the while still working as an
advocate. I finally put on the cap and gown at 57-years-old and achieved a Post Graduate
Diploma in Social Science—Community Service.

While happy with my achievements, for some reason I felt that studying was just
another form of responsibility and I longed for something more. So I traveled to Japan twice and then to the centre of Australia—they were all such wonderful experiences. Discovering who I really was and what made me tick was daunting but amazing.

The time came for me to begin another decade and so I decided to face my 60s with
vigour, energy and to define my fitness. I started riding an exercise bike, lifting weights
and continuing with my yoga.

Another challenge raised its head, when a moment occurred where my focus wasn’t
totally concentrated on the road and I had a car accident that destroyed the car I was
driving and the oncoming vehicle. Thankfully everyone escaped injury, something I will
be forever grateful for. I however, suffered injuries that have led me down an entirely
different path.

With my right elbow totally smashed and requiring reconstruction with plates
and screws, I was told my arm would be permanently stiff. The flow on effect of all
this was the knowledge that depression had wrapped its arms around me, threatening to
overcome my existence and place a veil of grey over my eyes and around my heart.

There had been a few times in my life when I had to draw upon my inner strength to
continue living the best I could but this would be my biggest challenge yet.

A path of awareness, a path where depression started out as my enemy, has
now become my friend, making sure I appreciate and I am aware of every day and
the path of putting my thoughts, feelings and emotions down on paper. This experience has steered me to Bellingen and Camp Creative and to a class of incredible people who
guided me down the path of a fledging writer.

What is ahead of me? What is around the corner? I do not know. One thing I am sure of now is that I am strong, I am colourful and I can be seen.

More information
http://www.campcreative.com.au
PO Box 561, Bellingen NSW 2454

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Tips for talking to someone you’re worried about

Source: Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) 
As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual

We all know someone who has experienced a mental health issue. It might be your father, a neighbour, your bank manager, your best friend’s daughter, or even yourself.

Sometimes, you might not be aware that a person is struggling. Sometimes, all a person needs to begin their recovery is for someone to recognise the signs that they may be struggling and provide a listening ear.

Senior Project Officer, Claire Gander says RAMHP can help by ensuring that people dealing with mental health issues are identified and linked with the care they need.

“If someone you know isn’t travelling well, we want you to notice and to be able to provide a listening ear and some gentle guidance to support them to find help and feel better.

“We want you to be able to identify signs of mental health issues in yourself, as well as those close to you. And we want you to know that help is available and how to find it,” said Claire.

RAMHP coordinators provide one and a half—three hour Workplace and Community Support Skills Training courses that provide information on:

  • How to look after your mental health
  • Signs that a person may be struggling
  • Finding and providing help
  • How to have a conversation with someone you’re worried about
  • How to help someone at risk of suicide

Tips for talking to someone you’re worried about:

  • Find out where help is available
  • Choose an appropriate time and place
  • Be mindful of your stress levels
  • Listen and show empathy
  • Don’t be dismissive
  • Reassure and offer hope for the future
  • Be respectful and discreet
  • Remember, help is available and recovery is possible

For more information on these programs visit the RAMHP website, email ramhp@newcastle.edu.au or call 02 6363 8444

How are you going?

For a copy of the How are you going? poster, call the Centre for Rural Regional & Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) on 02 6363 8444.

 

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Men’s matters: How to avoid being a victim of change

Dr John Ashfield PhD, Australian Institute of Male Health & Studies.
As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual

…change can turn out to be a real tonic. It can lift us out of a rut and present us with an opportunity to experience living more fully and humanly in the present moment.

Dr John AshfieldAdjusting to the pace of change in modern life can be very challenging. Many involuntary changes are foisted on us with the potential to produce all sorts of reactions in us. We may find ourselves feeling powerless, angry, anxious, perhaps mentally overloaded and even somewhat ‘paralysed’.

The world we once knew and which we counted on to remain largely the same is changing fast, and we are faced with the considerable challenge of making the transition into a different future, and having to make lots of decisions that will determine the shape of our future.

It goes without saying that we need first to have a clear and calm head to attempt this transition, and we may need to seek advice and support in a way we’ve never had to do before. This will invariably require us to be flexible, creative and open—and maybe that can be a bit challenging for some of us.

Without realising it, we can sometimes become rigidly attached to certain ideas, assumptions, routines, familiar patterns and conventions—in the hope of maintaining life in a certain unchanged form. But is this good for us? As H.L. Mencken once said, “It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.”

In the process of trying hard to maintain the status quo we can unwittingly imprison ourselves within our own insecurities, retarding our growth in resilience and our capacity for much needed new thinking.

And let’s not overlook that coping with change and transitioning to something new always involves some degree of loss (as the old gives way to the new) and consequent grief—grief that we must experience and deal with, not merely deny. Life simply can’t progress or flourish otherwise.

Yes, this is all a very ‘tall order’ and it requires every bit of grit we can muster to get life on track—well a new track anyway. And we must make ready for the journey, by taking care of ourselves in ways perhaps that we have paid little attention to before, and by avoiding some things that are creeping into our lives that are unhelpful, like using too much alcohol, eating poorly and not staying in good physical shape—all of which will likely have an impact on our mental health.

Making sure we get enough rest and exercise (most importantly that isn’t associated with stressful work), that we manage stress through recreation and calming activities, and pay attention to our relationships, are all essential for coping and resilience.

Of course change can turn out to be a real tonic. It can lift us out of a rut and present us with an opportunity to experience living more fully and humanly in the present moment—where we taste, see, hear, feel and experience things with a whole new interest and intensity; things previously neglected or overlooked.

Perhaps the most important strategy for coping with change is to get back to our core values and to focus on the people and things of most importance to us. We may need to become far less attached to the material things that are increasingly so subject to change—and that are so easily lost; instead, focusing more attention on cultivating whatever can nourish a stable sense of wellbeing, a sense of belonging, of caring and having others care about us.

Properly nurtured, these things can provide us with the dependable inner resources to help keep life hopeful, meaningful and functioning in perspective. They can provide us with ‘psychological buoyancy’, a place to go when we need to ‘catch our breath’, and the emotional resilience to avoid being intimidated or overwhelmed by change now and in the future.

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WANTED: Fantastic farming women stories

Do you know a fantastic farming woman?

Have you got five minutes to share their story and photo?

Here’s your opportunity to pay tribute to her and acknowledge the vital role of women on the land.

The Invisible Farmer project is calling for tributes to the women who work the land.

Stories will be featured on the ABC and become part of this first national comprehensive study of farm women in Australia.

The process is very easy – you only need to share a couple of paragraphs about the contribution they make to their farm, their community and agriculture in general and upload a photo!

Hurry though, as time is running out; stories needed by 14th May 2017.

Share your story now.

Please share this information throughout your networks so we can get as many rich and authentic stories as possible involved in the project.

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2017 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Finalist: Hayley Purbrick

We are happy to introduce you to our fourth amazing Finalist for the 2017 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award.

Hayley Purbrick’s passion is for communication, people and agriculture. Hailing from the Riverina town of Deniliquin, her work is empowering smaller communities to think outside the square and adopt an innovative approach in managing the every changing landscape of farming.

Growing up as the fifth generation of Tahbilk Winery, Hayley studied her Bachelor of agriculture at the University of Melbourne, followed by a Diploma in Applied Commerce (Accounting). She now works part time as Tahbilk’s Environment Manager from Deniliquin with her husband and two children while growing her community work ‘The Riverina Collective’.

Hayley has a vision to create vibrant small town communities across regional NSW filled with people who think like entrepreneurs through her social enterprise ‘The Riverina Collective’.  Her aim is to influence cultural change from the grassroots up and to encourage people to see opportunities and take action.

She sees an opportunity to create a platform for women to connect with each other and build resilience through sharing stories and learnings and also sharing ideas on the issues we all face in rural and regional communities.

If successful, Hayley will use the bursary to develop the ‘Think Big’ component of ‘The Riverina Collective’ initiative.  Think Big will provide a series of tools to support creative thinking consisting of a video series which captures creative people in their rural landscape and provides their tips and challenges, and a website which hosts a range of information to assist exploration of creativity for community benefit.

 

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2017 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Finalist: Sandra Ireson

We are happy to introduce you to the third of our four amazing Finalists for the 2017 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award.

Sandra Ireson is from the Riverina town of Booligal in NSW. She has a keen interest in developing pathways for younger generations to gain a start in primary industries.

Throughout her career Sandra recognised that the younger generation had limited opportunities to gain the basic hands-on training and bush skills to make them employable, resulting in diminishing numbers of young people entering or staying in agriculturally dependent communities and townships like Hay.

To address this challenge, in 2014 Sandra co-developed the Hay Inc. Rural Education Program to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to pursue a career in agriculture. The program provides hands-on training, ongoing mentoring, and access to rural networks and landholders which young people can use to spring board a career in agriculture.

If successful Sandra will use the bursary to build on the success of the Hay Inc. Rural Education Program to develop an adaptable model to promote that can be used by other communities across Australia, contributing to their long term sustainability.

Whether off the farm or from the city young people will have the opportunity to learn all of the practical agricultural skills they will need – from shearing management and wool classing to fixing motorbikes and fences.

The model not only provides a pathway for young people wanting a career in agriculture but it will also provide a network between district landholders, employers and trainees, and the opportunity for ongoing mentoring of trainees into the future.

Sandra was interviewed by Chris Bath on ABC evenings. You can listen to Sandra’s interview to learn more about her project.  (Fast forward 1 hr 20 mins for Sandra’s segment).

 

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2017 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Finalist: Rebecca Barnes

We were recently thrilled to announce this year’s NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Finalists, who are each achieving remarkable things within their respective industries in NSW. We will share their profiles with you over the coming 2 weeks to provide some more insight into these amazing women and their projects. The first of our four Finalists is Rebecca Barnes from Ballina

After an international career in finance and insurance Rebecca Barnes moved to the northern NSW coastal town of Ballina 20 years ago seeking a career and lifestyle change that would allow her to balance work and family.

When research led her to realise the nutritional benefits and untapped potential of Australian native foods Rebecca and her business partner established Playing with Fire Native Foods.

Australia’s native foods are rich and vibrant in colour taste and nutrition. There are now 15 commercialised varieties available which are in very high demand due to the growing interest from chefs, foodies, nutritionists and the international markets. So much so that demand outstrips supply in more than half of these foods.

An industry leader Playing with Fire Native Foods grows, processes, manufacturers and supplies native foods both domestically, to local farmers markets, gourmet food shops and high-end restaurants, and internationally to Asia, USA and Europe.

With demand currently outstripping supply due to the growing interest from chefs, foodies, nutritionists and international markets Rebecca believes the industry is at a critical point and needs to expand to ensure its survival.

Rebecca would use the bursary to showcase the native food industry by hosting a 2-day conference to provide industry leaders with a platform to connect and share their stories and to educate potential growers about the enormous potential of bushfoods.

For more information on the four Finalists or to find out about how you can apply for the Award please visit The Rural Women’s Network.

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