The outstanding professionalism and commitment of two members of Queensland’s Production Horticulture Workforce Development Team have been recognised by the Queensland Regional, Rural and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN).
We were thrilled to see Leanne Kruss, Regional Workforce Development Officer with Mareeba and District Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association win the professional category in QRRRWN’s Strong Leadership Awards. The award recognises the outstanding contribution that she has made in her role as an industry mentor supporting grower enterprises in her region to acquire the skills and training to be competitive, resilient and responsive to future challenges.
We were also very proud to congratulate Michelle Templin, Growcom’s Workforce Development Manager whose achievements were recognised as a finalist in the same category.
Finalists and winners were celebrated at the QRRRWN conference dinner and awards ceremony in Biloela on 4 September.
Delighted by the win, Leanne said that her role means more to her than “just a job”.
“Agriculture is an industry that I’m passionate about and that I’ve been involved with all my life.”
As part of her win, Leanne has been given the opportunity to be an industry mentor and hopes to hold a mentoring workshop where she can work with senior agriculture students in schools.
“My aim is to be an inspiration to the students and show them what options are available in the horticulture industry.”
Leanne will also host the 2015 International Rural Women’s Day luncheon at Mareeba State High School on Thursday 15 October.
Growcom congratulates all of the women honoured at the awards.
Finalist Growcom’s Workforce Development Manager, Michelle Templin (left), and winner of the professional category, Leanne Kruss, MDFVGA’s Regional Workforce Development Officer at the QRRRWN Strong Women Leadership Awards.