Wine making success an inspiration to everyone
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.