THE Gardiner Dairy Foundation is excited to announce that three local residents have been granted Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (LMCLP) and Fairley Leadership (FL) scholarships.
The program encompasses a vibrant mix of scholars who will undertake professional development courses supported by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, to equip them with the necessary skills to contribute to the long-term future of the Victorian dairy industry.
Following an in-depth interview process local resident Aileen O’Sullivan of Mooroopna north, was selected to receive a LMCLP scholarship. Courtney Simmons of Katandra and Harriet Bawden of Shepparton were selected to receive FL scholarships.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation chief executive, Mary Harney said that the programs build leadership capacity and empower Victorian dairy communities.
“The opportunities scholars are provided through the programs are invaluable and have extensive benefits both on and off the farm.
“We want to challenge dairy leaders and communities to adopt strategic ways of thinking. Program participants will be provided with the skills and confidence to achieve great success in their field,” Ms Harney said.
Aileen O’Sullivan was awarded a LMCLP scholarship to further develop her advocacy skills and create change in the agriculture industry.
Aileen said, “Through my experience as a dairy farmer and in my roles on the Australian Women in Agriculture Board and the Loddon Mallee Rural Women’s Network, I have come to understand that support networks are integral in sustaining viable agriculture businesses.
“I look forward to being able to facilitate agriculture networking opportunities upon completion of the LMCLP and plan to implement my own community project to provide support to rural residents.”