Strong women recognised
LADIES of the west are known to be a high-achieving bunch, and their efforts were awarded in Kingaroy last weekend at the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network Leadership Awards.
It recognises women who are the invisible threads holding their communities, regions, sectors and industries together and connecting them with the wider world.
Charleville teenager Chelsea Shorten was a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year award, which was ultimately won by Kylee Lyon of Drought Angels.
Jeanette Summerville, also of Charleville, was named Inspirational Woman of the Year.
Jeanette is best known for her work with the CWA, breaking down barriers, making a difference in the community and bringing younger members to the organisation.
Awards and Winners:
QRRRWN WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Winner: Cilla Pershouse.
Nominees: Corina Graham, Robyn Haig, Jen Shaw, Sandy Gurney, Natasha Johnston, Kerri Robertson, Jeanette Summerville.
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Jayne McKenzie.
Nominees: Sarah Becker, Kerry Fullerton, Cilla Pershouse, Kristy Frahm, Natasha Johnston, Tina McPherson, Elizabeth Piggott.
Winner: Ros Heit
PROFESSIONAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Nominees: Kristy Frahm, Robyn Haig, Jayne McKenzie, Kerry Fullerton.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Kylee Lyon.
Nominees: Corina Graham, Chelsea Shorten.
RRR STORYTELLER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Nicole Bond.
Nominees: Kirstie Davison, Heather Jonsson.
INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Winner: Jeanette Summerville
YOUNG WOMAN WITH A VISION
Winner: Gabby De Weers.
Nominees: Anekah Hinhliff, Kate Perrett.