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Northern Rivers Women in Business International Women’s Day 8 March, 2019 H

ere in this Northern Rivers Women in Business feature we are using International Women’s Day to focus on some of the amazingly talented women who conduct their business in this diverse region. Ć‚ĂƒĂœÂœÂ“i˜]ˆ˜`ii`>Ăƒ…Õ“>Â˜Ăƒ]Ăœi>Â?Â?}Âœ>LÂœĂ•ĂŒÂœĂ•Ă€Â?ÂˆĂ›iĂƒ`œˆ˜}ÂœĂ•Ă€Â?ÂœLĂƒ]wÂ?Â?ˆ˜}ÂœĂ•Ă€Ă€ÂœÂ?iĂƒ]w˜`ˆ˜}ÂœĂ•Ă€ÂŤĂ•Ă€ÂŤÂœĂƒi°ÂœĂœiĂ›iĂ€] when we take a step back and look beyond our northern rivers bubble we see a world where in some countries women are denied access to an education or are considered the property of their husbands. International Women’s Day is a chance to check in. How are women doing around the world? Equal pay? Safety? Health? Perhaps having a day that focuses on women gives us an opportunity to assess the situation both locally and }Â?ÂœL>Â?Â?Ăž>˜`>ĂƒÂŽ>Ă€iĂœiĂƒ>ĂŒÂˆĂƒwi`ĂœÂˆĂŒÂ…ĂŒÂ…iĂƒĂŒ>ĂŒĂ•ĂƒÂľĂ•Âœ>˜`]ˆvÂ˜ÂœĂŒ]ĂœÂ…>ĂŒÂˆĂƒi>VÂ…ÂœvĂ•Ăƒ}œˆ˜}ĂŒÂœ`Âœ>LÂœĂ•ĂŒÂˆĂŒÂś

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Napanangka Nelly Patterson Nelly was born out in the bush in 1938. She grew up as a traditional Anangu (Central Desert area) girl near Pipalyatjara in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara >˜`Ăƒ]ĂœÂˆĂŒÂ…˜œĂœÂ…ÂˆĂŒiÂŤiÂœÂŤÂ?iÂœĂ€Ă€Âœ>`ĂƒÂ°/Â…iwĂ€ĂƒĂŒĂœÂ…ÂˆĂŒi men she saw were the camel workers passing through. When Nelly was a little older, the missionaries came. She remembers coming into Ernabella and seeing people wearing clothes, and she was scared. Nelly moved to Areonga, near Hermannsburg in the Northern Territory, and lived there for a long time—nearly 18 years. She did pottery there. Nelly then lived in Jay Creek, where her grandfather is from. She travelled all over the country and went back and forth to Adelaide to bring up her grandchildren. As a senior traditional woman, Nelly is a custodian of the stories and lore of Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Mt. Conner which have sustained her people throughout many, many generations. She resides in the Mutitjulu Community at the base of Uluru, where she paints, and teaches her grandchildren Original Culture. Nelly has been an active advocate of Aboriginal affairs, politically and socially, since the 1950s. Now into her eighties and Vœ˜w˜i`ĂŒÂœ>ĂœÂ…iiÂ?VÂ…>ÂˆĂ€]ĂƒÂ…iĂƒĂŒÂˆÂ?Â?VÂœĂ•Ă€>}iÂœĂ•ĂƒÂ?ĂžĂŒĂ€>Ă›iÂ?Ăƒ] out from Uluru to various places, in order to connect with people, and share her presence and wisdom. Nelly’s exhibition is on at Ninbella Gallery in Bangalow until March 14th. www.ninbella.com - 6687 1936

Valley is the Creative Producer at NORPA and Director of Roundabout Theatre. ‘I’m also a mother’, says Valley, ’so basically I do anything and everything that needs to be done. I organise a lot of things and do it in a fairly creative way. ‘ 6>Â?Â?iĂžĂƒĂŒ>Ă€ĂŒi`Â…iĂ€V>Ă€iiĂ€>Ăƒ>ÂŤiĂ€vÂœĂ€Â“iĂ€>˜`ĂƒÂ…iÂ…>Ăƒ>Â?Ăœ>ĂžĂƒĂœÂœĂ€ÂŽi`ˆ˜ĂŒÂ…ÂˆĂƒwiÂ?` in some incarnation over the past 25 years. ‘I love the diversity of working in the performing arts and the variety of projects and people I get to work with. I also love being licensed to be in my imagination and play as part of my ’job’. Valley chose to move to this area 16 years ago. 'I had no idea what I would `œ…iĂ€i‡ÂˆĂŒ`iwÂ˜ÂˆĂŒiÂ?ĂžĂœ>ĂƒÂ˜Â˝ĂŒ>V>Ă€iiĂ€Â“ÂœĂ›it½ÛiĂƒÂŤiÂ˜ĂŒ>Â?ÂœĂŒÂœvĂŒÂˆÂ“iĂƒÂˆÂ˜ViĂŒÂ…i˜ diversifying and re-thinking my skill set so I could remain living here while working in the performing arts.' To young women looking for a career in the performing arts, Valley suggests }iĂŒĂŒÂˆÂ˜}>Ăƒ“ÕVÂ…iĂ?ÂŤiĂ€Âˆi˜Vi>ĂƒĂžÂœĂ•V>˜]ĂœÂˆĂŒÂ…VÂœÂ“ÂŤ>˜ˆiĂƒ>˜`ˆ˜`ÂˆĂ›Âˆ`Ă•>Â?ĂƒĂŒÂ…>ĂŒ inspire you.‘Be proactive, learn how to produce yourself, and back yourself and your ideas.

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Fiona Johnson Local realtor and auctioneer, Fiona Johnson is sales manager for Elders Brunswick Valley. Locally raised in the Byron Shire, Fiona now lives with her husband and their daughter in Brunswick Heads. 'Having a daughter has inspired me to be a more positive role model for her and also encourage young women to pursue their dreams. ' Fiona has performed as a professional musician, > Vœ“ˆV >˜`  ° ˆœ˜> iĂ?ÂŤÂ?>ÂˆÂ˜Ăƒ ĂŒÂ…>ĂŒ ÂźLiˆ˜} >˜ auctioneer perfectly marries my two passions property sales and live performance. They say if you love your job you never work a day in your life.'

Vee Lethorn 6iiÂˆĂƒ>“>ÂˆÂ˜ĂŒi˜>˜ViÂœvwViĂ€>˜`Ă€iÂ?ˆivÂŤÂ?>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂŤiĂ€>ĂŒÂœĂ€>ĂŒ >Â?Â?ˆ˜>-Â…ÂˆĂ€i ÂœĂ•Â˜VˆÂ?°-Â…iwĂ?iĂƒĂ€Âœ>`Ăƒ]ĂƒÂŤĂ€>ĂžĂƒĂœii`Ăƒ>˜` slashes roadsides to keep our roads safer. She also works >Ăƒ>ĂŒĂ€>vwVVÂœÂ˜ĂŒĂ€ÂœÂ?Â?iĂ€œ˜>Ă€>˜}iÂœv ÂœĂ•Â˜VˆÂ?VÂœÂ˜ĂƒĂŒĂ€Ă•VĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ projects. She has worked at Ballina Council for 12 years in a variety of roles: cleaner, concreter, slasher operator and now in the maintenance crew. ‘I love the variety of my work. No two days are the same and I get to enjoy the outdoors working in different locations on different jobs. I also have a great crew who accept me as I am – just one of the team.’ Through Council’s educational assistance program Vee ÂˆĂƒVÕÀÀiÂ˜ĂŒÂ?ĂžĂƒĂŒĂ•`ĂžÂˆÂ˜}> iĂ€ĂŒÂˆwV>ĂŒiĂŽˆ˜ ÂˆĂ›ÂˆÂ? ÂœÂ˜ĂƒĂŒĂ€Ă•VĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜

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‘I’ve always pushed through glass ceilings and I am so honoured to be taking the helm with an enthusiastic, fresh and professional sales team. I appreciate the ÂœÂŤÂŤÂœĂ€ĂŒĂ•Â˜ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŒÂœ“iÂ˜ĂŒÂœĂ€ĂžÂœĂ•Â˜}ĂœÂœÂ“i˜ˆ˜ÂœĂ•Ă€ÂœvwVi¿° When faced with challenges Fiona recalls some advice given to her a couple of years ago, that success comes from playing the game of inches, focus on the process rather than the outcome.'I feel like I have climbed mountains inch by inch for years and now I am at the point in my career where I am Ă€iĂƒÂŤiVĂŒi`>Ăƒ>˜iĂ?ÂŤiĂ€ĂŒˆ˜“ÞwiÂ?`°/Â…iĂƒiVĂ€iĂŒĂŒÂœ“Þ success has been gritty determination and discipline. Every day I remind myself of who I am, what my core values are, what my 'why’ is... once you know your 'why' the process is much easier and more fun.' Ć‚QPCLQJPUQP"GNFGTUTGCNGUVCVGEQOCW 0400 418 886

through TAFE and is looking forward to completing that ¾Õ>Â?ˆwV>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ >˜` Liˆ˜} >LÂ?i ĂŒÂœ >ÂŤÂŤÂ?Ăž ÂˆĂŒ ĂŒÂœ Â…iĂ€ ĂœÂœĂ€ÂŽ >ĂŒ Ballina Council. When asked how she faces the inevitable challenges that arise Vee says ‘I just get on and do it. I raised two boys as a single mum so that always kept me motivated.’ And the advice she would give to young woman starting in the workforce? ‘Get out and have a go or try something different – you might just like it. Also women have options so don’t be afraid to try a non-traditional female role. I wanted to be a truck driver so I went out and got my ĂŒĂ€Ă•VÂŽÂ?ˆVi˜Vi°/Â…ÂˆĂƒÂ?i`“iĂŒÂœLiVœ“ˆ˜}ĂŒÂ…iwĂ€ĂƒĂŒvi“>Â?i staff member in Council construction.’ www.ballina.nsw.gov.au - 6686 4444

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.39 – March 6, 2019  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in north eastern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.39 – March 6, 2019  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in north eastern NSW, Australia.