Evans attended the 2014 Rural Women New Zealand Growing Dynamic Leaders course in Wellington, she came away with a decision to inspire rural women of Northland.
Debbie passionately wanted to share what she had learned at GDL and help Northland women recognise their unique skills and strengths, build confidence
and help them reach their full potential. She decided she would invite Agri-Women's Development Trust executive
Lindy Nelson to design a one day programme called REVEAL!
Debbie wanted it to be free and therefore available for all women. Enter major sponsors Lotteries and COGS, plus in-kind support from Cowleys Hire Centre,
Farmlands, Whangarei Agricultural and Pastoral Society,
and BNZ Bank which together gave a total of $12,000 to run the day.
A small team of Rural Women members did the event proud with their typical ‘can do, will do’ planning skills and attitude, accompanied by large doses of
encouragement from Kath Gillespie of RWNZ Aoroa Branch and Top of the North RWNZ National Councillor Fiona Gower
Several weeks before the course date it was already over-subscribed and the waiting list was growing.
A partnership between Rural Women New Zealand and Agri-Women’s Development Trust created a day of inspiration and life-changing challenges for 150 Northland
women. “They had the benefit of a training day equivalent to any reputable training provider complete with an amazing morning tea, fresh flowers and
of course embroidered tablecloths!” says Debbie.
“Receiving such affirming feedback such as how inspiring and empowering the day was from so many participants has been the icing on the cake,” says Debbie.
“Being so oversubscribed shows that there is a need for more of this type of training for our rural women”.
REVEAL! was designed by Lindy Nelson, RWNZ member, 2013 NEXT Businesswoman of the Year and Executive Director of the Agri-Women’s Development Trust.
RWNZ member Debbie Evans is CEO of the Kaipara Community Health Trust in Dargaville, elected member on the Northland District Health Board, and a 2014
Rural Women New Zealand Growing Dynamic Leaders graduate.