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WFI Celebrates Women in Ag

Long-term partners WFI and NSW Farmers hosted a special International Women’s Day morning tea in March to celebrate women in agriculture. NSW Farmer members, WFI clients, members of the public, friends and families attended the presentation from special guest, Kemi Nekvapil.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, WFI Insurance and NSW Farmers joined forces to host a free morning tea in Armidale for local women in agriculture.

The morning tea involved a special presentation by Kemi Nekvapil, an executive and personal coach with more than 25 years’ experience in the wellness industry. As part of her vast experience, Kemi has studied leadership and purpose at The Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan and is a trained yoga teacher.

Attendees at the event were able to enjoy a 90-minute workshop with Kemi, which helped them understand their own personal power and resilience.

Members of the WFI NSW Team

WFI State Leader (ACT/NSW) Marnie Te Aho said: “We had a fantastic turnout to the event, and we were proud to co-host this special occasion with NSW Farmers. We have a proud and long partnership with NSW Farmers and it was incredible to be able to turn our focus on women on this occasion and the amazing contribution women make to farming in Australia.”

Among the attendees at the event was Mary Hollingworth, a 2019 Hidden Treasure recipient. The Hidden Treasure honour role is dedicated to women who devote their time to improving their local communities in a myriad of ways. The recognition was launched by Hon Adam Marshall MP in November 2019.

Mary said: “I just wanted to express my gratitude for the most incredible International Women’s Day presentation ever. Kemi was simply sensational and I for one felt enormously privileged to be part of the presentation. While the generosity of gifts, catering and hospitality was almost humbling – always pay my way so today was an amazing treat. Be assured I am extremely grateful and know it will be a long time if ever that a similar presentation comes my way.” 

To round off the event, Lucy Gallagher, a local farmer and registered nurse from Tamworth shared her personal story of her experiences during the drought, after her viral Facebook post that landed her on ‘The Project’ on Channel Ten last year. 

Lucy said: “What an inspiring day! Kemi challenged us to see ourselves from a more positive perspective and to identify what we really value, and I know I’ll build on that from here on in. I found the day to be the perfect mix of inspiring discussion with incredible women in a beautiful venue with delicious food, and I am so honoured to have been a part of it. Thanks, so much to WFI and NSW Farmers for hosting such a wonderful event!”

Lucy Gallagher reading her poem that expresses her personal experiences during the drought

The morning was wrapped up by a book signing and photo opportunity with Kemi and networking with all of those in the room.

Kemi Nekvapil signing her book, Raw Beauty

Photographer: Simon Scott Photo
Venue: Echidna Gully, Argyle