When Debbie Evans attended the 2014 Rural Women New Zealand Growing Dynamic Leaders course in Wellington, she came away with a decision to inspire rural women of Northland.
Debbie passionately wanted to share what she had learned at GDL and help Northland women recognise their unique skills and strengths, build confidence and help them reach their full potential. She decided she would invite Agri-Women’s Development Trust executive Lindy Nelson to design a one day programme called REVEAL!
Debbie wanted it to be free and therefore available for all women. Enter major sponsors Lotteries and COGS, plus in-kind support from Cowleys Hire Centre, Farmlands, Whangarei Agricultural and Pastoral Society, and BNZ Bank which together gave a total of $12,000 to run the day.
“Receiving such affirming feedback such as how inspiring and empowering the day was from so many participants has been the icing on the cake,” says Debbie. “Being so oversubscribed shows that there is a need for more of this type of training for our rural women”.
REVEAL! was designed by Lindy Nelson, RWNZ member, 2013 NEXT Businesswoman of the Year and Executive Director of the Agri-Women’s Development Trust.
RWNZ member Debbie Evans is CEO of the Kaipara Community Health Trust in Dargaville, elected member on the Northland District Health Board, and a 2014 Rural Women New Zealand Growing Dynamic Leaders graduate.
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