Jenny reaps the re­wards

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

A ru­ral Ash­bur­ton wo­man is mak­ing the most of a schol­ar­ship re­ceived for a na­tional lead­er­ship and gov­er­nance pro­gramme for women in pri­mary in­dus­tries.

Re­cip­i­ent of an ANZ Schol­ar­ship for the Agri-Women’s Devel­op­ment Trust’s Es­ca­la­tor pro­gramme, Jenny McDon­ald is now half-way through the 10-month course along with 12 other women.

McDon­ald is mo­ti­vated to build on the lead­er­ship skills and ex­pe­ri­ence she has learnt, so she can take on new chal­lenges in pri­mary in­dus­tries and the com­mu­nity.

Mov­ing south to Ash­bur­ton in the 90s to share-milk and then go on to buy a dairy farm, char­tered ac­coun­tant McDon­ald has al­ways worked off-farm.

‘‘My work ini­tially al­lowed me to feel more part of the com­mu­nity. How­ever, over the past 20 years I’ve also been fully in­volved in my chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘My youngest child has re­cently headed off to univer­sity so I saw Es­ca­la­tor as an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in my­self and help me work out where to di­rect my ef­forts in fu­ture. Learn­ing how I lead and what my strengths are has been eye­open­ing.

‘‘It’s too early to say where I’ll fo­cus my ef­forts next but it’s likely to in­volve lead­er­ship in the lo­cal com­mu­nity or the wider agribusi­ness sec­tor.’’

Jenny McDon­ald.

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