The Escalator Alumni is an incorporated society formed in 2012 by the graduates of the Escalator Programme. With 93 members throughout New Zealand, the Alumni is active in supporting each other and activities of the AWDT.
Alumni members are leading in primary industries in every region of New Zealand – as governors, business owners, managers, facilitators and volunteers. Sectors they are leading in include Dairy, Sheep and Beef, Deer, Cropping, Honey, Horticulture, Maori organisations, Central and Local Government, Veterinary, Heath and Rural Support.
If you would like to contact an Escalator Alumni member in your area please contact us and we will put you in touch with them.
Congratulations to Fiona Fouhy and Shaun Fouhy - Tararua Sheep and Beef Farmer of the Year for 2021!
In 2016, Fiona completed Understanding Your Farming Business. She shares how the programme helped set her up for success…
‘The course has been a huge benefit to me. Prior to it, I had no experience in business. It helped me learn the language of business, gave me the confidence to be involved and helped build awareness of how previous skills could translate into our business. It was a game changer!’
Awesome to see your hard work and commitment recognised. Ka pai!!
And great to see so many of our partners involved! Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Ravensdown, ANZ New Zealand, FMG, Farm Focus, formerly CRS Software, Farmers Weekly NZThis year's winners field day is on the 6th May, please see the details for the day here, don't forget your $10 for lunch for a very worthy fundraiser for the Pahiatua Toy Library, look forward to seeing you there! ... See MoreSee Less
Many primary sector women leave our programmes with the intent to empower and motivate others.
Women like Carmen Smith (First Steps & Understanding Your Farming Business, 2017) and Laura Hancock (Next Level, 2021 & Understanding Your Farming Business, 2020).
We’re thrilled to see Carmen and Laura (Co-founder) take on head trainer roles for WOMOlife - a new shearing and wool handling training programme that combines online video courses with in-shed education.
With a focus on “health, wellbeing, nutrition and financial literacy, combined with the best movement practices and technical skills to promote success in the shed and in life” - we think WOMOlife sounds great!
Carmen will be focussing on wool handling, and Laura as a movement coach. The programme starts on May 10 at Tautane Station near Herbertville.
Learn more at: farmersweekly.co.nz/section/sheep-2/view/first-wool-course-intake-ready-to-go ... See MoreSee Less
Great stuff, Laura!! Congratulations!! 🥰👌
Whoop! Go Laura!!
Nice work Laura Hancock and Carmen Smith. You guys will be great
Go girls. Sounds wonderful.👍
Can totally recommend!! Brilliant team 🥰
Good you are keeping your hand in Justin!!
Very cool!! Well done!
The only constant, they say, is change. That’s certainly true here at AWDT.
With the Red Meat NZ Profit Partnership (RMPP) at the end of its 7-year mission to lift the sector’s productivity and profitability – we’re looking at how to take the three programmes it supported forward.
In 2021, we’ll be exploring how Understanding Your Farming Business, Future Focus and Wāhine Māia Wāhine Whenua will evolve. Our focus will be on ensuring these programmes stay relevant to the changing needs of primary sector women, remain accessible to as many people as possible and how new partnerships could increase programme impact across the sector.
With more than 2,600 stories of personal growth to draw on across the programmes – there’s plenty to work through!
In the meantime, please continue to register your interest for Understanding Your Farming Business, Future Focus and Wāhine Māia Wahine Whenua at www.awdt.org.nz. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on these programmes’ future later in the year.
Finally, a big thank you to the Red Meat NZ Profit Partnership for supporting us to empower farmers with the skills and confidence to grow their businesses. ... See MoreSee Less
Next Level Dunedin is underway!
Congratulations to our latest Next Level cohort. This group of primary sector women have started a six-month journey together to understand and enhance their ability to lead positive change.
They are aspiring change-makers, in it to serve the communities and organisations that matter to them.
We’re thrilled to be your #supportedgrowth partner for the journey ahead. ... See MoreSee Less
Good stuff Emily Jones🙌
Yay Rebecca Laming! Go you
Nice Rebecca Laming