Jenny reaps the rewards
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.’’