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.
A big congratulations to AWDT changemakers Sarah Dooley (UYFB 2018), Amy Blaikie (Next Level 2019) and Brooke Cameron (Next Level 2019)!
Their project - Bales4Blair - has raised almost $80,000 for the Southland Charity Hospital.
This is inspirational, purpose-driven work that will make a real difference to the Southland community.
Incredible mahi team!
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Agri-Women's Development Trust (AWDT) Brooke Cameron (next level 2019) was an intregal part of the #bales4blair team
This Farmers Weekly NZ story cuts right to the heart of what AWDT is all about - we think it’s a must read.
We are thrilled to see It’s all about YOU graduate Sue Fish putting ‘people-first’ business models into practice.
Alongside partner David, they’ve defined the ‘Westmorland Estate Way’ - a set of people-centred policies that create all-round respect, prioritise career development and ensure their people feel valued.
There are some excellent examples in here of genuine people policies with proven results, like:
- Tetramap - learning about each other’s strengths and mapping the best responsibilities for everyone.
- Flexible rosters to avoid burnout.
- Supporting employees to attend industry conferences and training.
- Employee awards.
- Acknowledging mistakes as a team responsibility and staying well clear of ’blame’.
It all combines to make their motto a lived reality - ‘together we succeed’.
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Are you ready for a life-changing learning experience?
At AWDT, we are well-aligned with Rural Leaders vision of empowering emerging primary sector leaders.
As one of the most comprehensive and respected development experiences across our sector, a Nuffield New Zealand Scholarship is a gateway to connection, learning and future leadership.
We encourage prospective change-makers across the AWDT whānau to consider applying.
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