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TAS Country : May 31st 2012
ne 1, 2012 15 ACHIEVERS: Ruth Paterson and Jan Richardson, and below, the four winners of this year's awards. Trailblazers of the land are honoured ROGER HANSON TASMANIAN Women in Agriculture (TWIA) has honoured four of its long- serving members with this year's Out- standing Contribution Award. This year's recipients are Ruth Pater- son, Jan Richardson, Sheryl Rockliff and Joan Field who all took part in the first Women on Farms gathering at Scottsdale and are founding members of the TWIA, serving on its executive. RUTH PATERSON is a foundation member of the Quamby Discussion Group and program officer with DPIPWE, supporting TWIA until 2004. Ruth was pivotal in increasing the visibility and profile of women inside and outside government. Her role in- cluded nominating women for boards and committees, and informing govern- ment on issues impacting rural women and farm families. She has worked behind the scenes to increase the network membership, preparing policy papers, provided input to groups such as the Australian Bu- reau of Statistics on contribution of rural women, and was active at a national level within government. Ruth has been a trailblazer even before the start of TWIA. She was the first chairwoman of Agfest, lifting the profile of rural women in the state. This work continues with her efforts on various boards and committees and her ongoing commitment at a grass- roots level. She was the instigator for the ex- change program between TWIA and the Nebraska Women in Agriculture organ- isation, and has been a Tasmanian delegation leader at World Rural Wom- en's Congress conferences in Australia, the US and Spain. JAN RICHARDSON was a foundation member of the Rubicon Discussion Group and chairwoman of the 1996 Ulverstone Women on Farms gathering committee. Jan is a member of Australian Women in Agriculture Tasmania, serv- ing as a board member and treasurer. During her term as treasurer she oversaw the constitutional change of AWIA from an incorporated organis- ation to a company structure. She is a board member of National Regional Women, a member of the North to Nebraska Exchange program and a member of the Fair Dinkum Food Campaign committee. JOAN FIELD is a past member of Australian Women in Agriculture and has represented TWIA on boards and committees including Landcare and Weeds and she oversaw the two major constitutional changes within TWIA serving as the organisation's public officer until 2010. Jan is a founding member of the Meander Valley discussion group of which she remains a key member. She runs first-aid training for women in the area -- as well as obtaining sponsorship for the program so that costs remain affordable. She is a member of the 2000 women on Farms Gathering committee, chair- woman of the 2012 Women on Farms Gathering committee, and she initiated the writing and recording of the history of TWIA. Joan is a strong advocate for rural women and plays a key role in provid- ing opportunities for networking and training in her local area. SHERYL ROCKLIFF is also a foun- dation member of the Rubicon Dis- cussion Group, secretary of the 1996 Ulverstone Women on Farms gathering committee and a member of the 2008 gathering committee. She is a member of Australian Women in Agriculture, including a member of the national conference organising committee, and she helped run the Marcus Oldham Leadership Scholarship for a many years. Sheryl is a key community worker for her local area including the golf club and the hospital auxiliary. The stalwart's professional approach to issues and business relationships has allowed TWIA to gain long-term spon- sorship and maintain relationships as an advocate for the goals and aspir- ations of the organisation. erry grower of business the farm; they keep the family together and often are not recognised for their efforts. ''Women on the farm are the glue that holds it all together,'' Mrs Holland said.
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