Bendigo's Karen Corr has been named a finalist in the Victorian 2014 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award.
Ms Corr is one of four finalists in the annual award and is the director of Make a Change Australia.
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said the finalists came from diverse backgrounds and were all high achievers dedicated to their local communities and the Victorian food and fibre sector.
“This year’s finalists were selected for their outstanding work and achievements in the food and fibre sector, and for their dedication to making a difference in their chosen industry,” Mr Walsh said.
"They were also chosen for best articulating a strategy for sharing their skills, knowledge and experience with others within their communities and industries.”
The remaining three finalists for the award are:
· Julie Aldous, a food and fibre teacher from Mansfield;
· Avril Hogan, a rural market research consultant from Horsham; and
· Lisa Fahey, a dairy farmer and industry leader from Terang.
The Victorian winner will be announced at Parliament House on March 13 and awarded $10,000 to support her leadership development.
The winner and runner-up will be offered the opportunity to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Director Course in Canberra.
The Victorian winner will then join winners from other states and territories as finalists for the national award, to be announced in Canberra in October 2014.