The Canterbury region was a double winner at the Dairy Women’s Network virtual awards evening with Mid-Canterbury farmer Tania Burrows named as the inaugural Regional Leader of the Year.
"I was just so overwhelmed to win," she says. "It’s a real honour and recognises all the hard work done at a grassroots level by all of the Dairy Women’s Network Regional Leaders."
"It was really special to share the winning moment with my three young girls as I aspire to be a role model for them and that’s what’s most important to me."
The other finalists included Sue Skelton, who is farming south-west of Whangarei near Waiotira; Jessica Goodwright, a Central Southland sharemilker; and Rebecca Green, a North Canterbury contract milker.
The new Regional Leader award, which represents over 70 volunteer Dairy Women’s Network Regional Leaders spread throughout the country, is supported by insurance brokers Crombie Lockwood.
"Our Regional Leaders are the vital lifeblood of our organisation," says Dairy Women’s Network CEO Jules Benton. "It’s so important to acknowledge their efforts and celebrate their leadership in the dairy industry and their communities."
Tania and her husband have three children and are lower order sharemilkers farming 2,000 head of stock between their dairy farm and runoff block. There are four to seven team members on farm each season.
Crombie Lockwood’s Head of Key Partnerships, David Rayner, says Burrows demonstrates a real strength in connecting and helping other people in her community to thrive.
"She received some very strong recommendations for the award from Dairy Women’s Network members, and everyone commented on the way in which she lives the DWN values," he says.
"Apart from the effort that she makes within her Dairy Women’s Network region, she also provides assistance to other regions and the wider dairy community. There was clear evidence of leadership and Tania is a very worthy recipient of this award."
As the 2020 DWN Regional Leader of the Year award, Tania receives registration for the New Zealand Women’s Leadership Symposium in Auckland in late September that includes travel and accommodation, as well as two mentoring sessions to support her on her leadership journey.
Article supplied by Dairy Women's Network