Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network Inc (QRRRWN) has announced that 2018 nominations are open for their annual Strong Women Leadership Awards (SWLA) program. Now in its sixth year, the program identifies, profiles and celebrates leadership strengths of a new cohort of Queensland’s rural, regional and remote (RRR) women.

QRRRWN President, Melissa Barnett explains, “The Strong Women Leadership Awards embody the foundations that underpin QRRRWN. From its very beginnings the organisation has sought to encourage, support and applaud the achievements of rural, regional and remote women at all stages of life, in all walks of life. The SWLA is the public recognition of those achievements.”

“SWLA is far more than the obvious opportunity to celebrate the diversity of work being done, often without attracting attention, to sustain and nurture community across RRR Queensland,” said QRRRWN Board Director, Davida Melksham. “The program incorporates a series of webinars which encourage nominees to work with mentors to articulate their work, both volunteer and paid. It is sometimes the first opportunity that the women who have been nominated have had to acknowledge their leadership style.”

The high profile program provides a supported platform to nurture, empower and inspire those who participate, and also to connect to other nominees and an impressive alumni from previous years. 2017 QRRRWN Professional and Woman of the Year recipient Sgt Sarah Grayson shared, “Being a part of the awards was hugely beneficial for me, and a great challenge for me to get out of my comfort zone.”

Nominations are encouraged for the seven diverse categories of the 2018 Awards: Woman of the Year, Small Business Owner of the Year, Leadership Award, Volunteer of the Year, Story Teller of the Year, Inspirational Woman, and Young Woman with a Vision.

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