Pooncarie Field day Youth Ambassador announced
The Pooncarie Field Day Group is excited to award the 2016-18 Field Day Youth Ambassador to Miss Jessica Smith from Merbein. Jessica hails from a property between Menindee and Wilcannia and is keen to promote the rich history of agriculture from this region to a wide audience and excite local landholders of the technologies available to them.
The role of the Youth Ambassador is to promote and encourage young people to be more aware of agriculture in our community and be the face of our biennial field day.
“Suitably for the award, we were looking to recognise someone who is aged between 15-25 that shows leadership qualities, keen to be involved with and promote the community, enthusiastic and energetic and of course have a connection with the Pooncarie and district communities” said Angus Whyte, Chairman of the field days.
The winning recipient Jessica said “being awarded the prize and getting involved with the group will be a great opportunity and I’m excited and honoured to be selected”. “I want to showcase how great and important agriculture is to this community, meet new people in my age demographic and believe that being part of the field day committee, I can continue to locally build my social standing and expand my involvement of being part of a community group”. “Events like this are important to rural communities, and we need to work together to ensure that our community remains vibrant, resilient and importantly fun”.
For Jessica who has a passion for horses, the many skills she learnt as a youth leader as a member of the Topar Campdraft Club, Riding for the Disabled group and organiser for the Agriculture Careers Fair whilst studying her Agricultural Science degree, will undoubtedly be transferrable to the engagement activities we present at the field days. These days Jessica works as a trainee wool buyer for Fox and Lillie Rural, “I’m particularly keen to show other young people that farming is a rewarding career and lifestyle choice where we are forever learning; this can be achieved through demonstrations and entertainment and this is an area I would like to focus on as part of my award”. A number of my interests such as working dogs, photography and agriculture are features of the Pooncarie Field Days, so it made sense to get involved with the group.
The Pooncarie Field Days committee are also keen to learn from Jessica According to the Angus Whyte, “Jessica demonstrated the hard work ethic and fun personality that’s indicative of the people of our region. We are excited that she will bring fresh ideas to the committee that will attract the younger generation and family participation; it’s these ideas and attitudes that will ensure our event and our great region will continue to strive”.
The prize as Youth Ambassador includes a cash incentive to attend another field day to gain learning’s and insights and a mentoring program which will allow Jessica to gain the experiences of being part of the committee. Jessica will also be supported to drive her own initiative to attract attendance to the event.
Jessica will be publicly recognized at our 10th field day next year where our 2015 winner Chanel Crozier will present her with her prize.
We are also calling for sponsors and exhibitors to get on board early. For our anniversary event we will be releasing a special program with opportunities for great advertising. To ensure you don’t miss your spot, forms and full payment must be received by 3rd April 2017.
Keep your eye out for other exciting things such as expanded children’s entertainment and 10th Anniversary merchandise.