Tiffany Galvin, one of the recipients of a scholarship provided by Council to attend the inaugural National Rural Women’s Conference in Canberra next February, told the Advocate that she is “really excited” to have been awarded one of the two scholarships.
“I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to attend the conference. I have never been to anything like this before and I am hoping that it will broaden my knowledge, help with my work and our business,” she said. “I am very grateful to Council for giving me this opportunity.”
Tiffany, who is very active around the Bingara community, particularly with fund raising events for breast cancer research and the hospital, said that a number of people had urged her to apply for the scholarship.
Working in community nursing in a number of different roles, including palliative care, Tiffany sees a lot of people and is well aware of the needs in the community. This interaction means that organising hospital fund raising events to supplement government funding is a never ending challenge.
The recent hospital fund raiser held at the Bingara Showground, organised by fellow nurse, Megan Simpson and Tiffany was a great success and plans are already underway for another event next year, which will be held in co-operation with the River Rats Rugby Union Club, Tiffany said.
One of the requirements for scholarship applicants was the ability to demonstrate in their nomination that this experience will benefit not only them, but also their community and/or business upon their return. Tiffany is looking forward to putting into effect what she learns at the conference in all the areas in which she is involved, including the Meat on Maitland business.
“I would like to see not only our business grow but everyone’s in town to thrive,” Tiffany said. “Hopefully, what I learn at the conference will help me to achieve this.”
The other scholarship recipient, Rachel Sherman from Warialda, told the Advocate that she had never attended anything like a women’s conference before either.
“I am very excited to be going and would like to thank Council for the opportunity to attend. It’s something I would have liked to have done before now, but never had the opportunity.”
Rachel said the conference would hopefully allow her “to meet some fabulous people” and enable her to bring back lots of good ideas to the community that will benefit the towns of the shire.
Like Tiffany, Rachel is also busy in her local community. She is Editor of the Warialda Standard, President of the Warialda District Chamber, which is the merged organisation of Go2402 and the Warialda Chamber of Commerce, member of the Honey Festival Committee as well as a number of other Warialda organisations.
Rachel commented that “I have a deep interest in my community. I want to live here for the rest of my life.”