QRRRWN’s Strong Women Leadership Awards program exists to identify, acknowledge and applaud the leadership strengths of Queensland rural, regional and remote women.
It recognises the women who are the invisible threads holding their local communities together and connecting them with the wider world. There are also several categories specifically focused on younger women, those still emerging and developing their leadership interests and capacities.
Last year’s winner in the business category, Julie Brown of Coola Cozzies, says ‘I started Coola Cozzies because Queensland has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. There was a huge gap in the market for sun-safe swimwear as so many of us are self-conscious when it comes to getting into swimwear. My aim is for Coola Cozzies to help people feel more confident to get into the water and help avoid a melanoma.’
QRRRWN President Alison Mobbs says, ‘Entering an award might seem daunting but the SWLA program is built around a series of personal and professional development webinars and opportunities, helping participants to articulate their contributions so that they are more fully visible, recognised and valued. It is an important opportunity for such women and girls to connect with others like themselves and has a legacy of creating networks that strengthen and empower our regions. Past entrants and winners have frequently gone on to contribute in ways that are really transforming our regional and rural business and social landscape.’
- Nominations open Wednesday 3rd of May 2017
- Award entries close Thursday 20th of July 2017
- Finalists announced Monday 4th of September 2017
- Winners announced on Friday 20th of October at QRRRWN Annual Conference in Emerald
Prospective applicants can read more about the award categories at the QRRRWN website; they look forward to receiving your applications and hope to see you at the 2017 QRRRWN Conference in Emerald 19-21st of October.