Wine mak­ing suc­cess an in­spi­ra­tion to ev­ery­one

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS | YOUR SAY - Liana Walker [email protected]­der­

THE Gran­ite Belt is full of amaz­ing peo­ple achiev­ing amaz­ing things and I’m con­tin­u­ally im­pressed at what this com­mu­nity achieves.

This week I spoke to Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi about her elec­tion as the first Queens­land woman on the Wine­mak­ers Fed­er­a­tion board (page 7). What re­ally stood out was the fact that she never saw her­self as lim­ited or un­able to fol­low her dreams be­cause of her gen­der.

Leeanne told me she found an old note from Year 12 which stated her life­long goal and that was “to sell Stan­thorpe wine to the world.”

Now on this board, she has the abil­ity to make that dream come true.

Leeanne did ev­ery­thing she could to get to where she is to­day. She stud­ied sci­ence at school, went to univer­sity, re­turned home and be­came an ad­vo­cate for Queens­land wine.

Not once did it oc­cur to her she wouldn’t be able to do these things, even though she was of­ten the only girl in the room.

Al­though her po­si­tion on the board is rep­re­sent­ing the Aus­tralian wine in­dus­try, what she also rep­re­sents is what you can achieve if you fol­low your pas­sion.

All of us should take in­spi­ra­tion from Leeanne.

No mat­ter what your dream is you can achieve it if, in­stead of com­ing up with ex­cuses for why you can’t do some­thing, you sim­ply just do it.

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