Winery marks women’s day

Therese ColmanAugusta Margaret River Times

Cullen Wines will host the third Margaret River Chamber of Commerce’s International Women’s Day celebration on Thursday.

Regional CCI chief executive Kitty Prodonovich will be a keynote speaker, alongside 2017 WA Regional Small Business Award receipients Justine Arrow, Melissa Harrison and Georgina Wilkinson.

Cullen Wines managing director Vanya Cullen said it was an honour for the winery to again host the event.

“It’s a great blessing to have all of these amazing women from the region come together for a day of celebration,” she said.

“It’s inspiring to hear their stories, learn about what they’ve overcome and what they’ve achieved in their personal and professional lives. The day will also be about celebrating and thanking our Mother Earth.”

Chamber executive officer Rebecca Young said it was inspirational to know the region was home to many successful women.

“The event is about coming together to share stories and celebrate the contributions women make to our region,” she said.

“It’s definitely not a female-only event. Everyone’s invited and we would love to see men there, too.

It’s important that we all recognise and celebrate the passionate and hard-working women making a difference in our community.”

Mrs Arrow now operates a massage therapy studio in Margaret River, but she would speak about her time as a manager for Bankwest and her career change after having children.

“I left the corporate world when I had children and it wasn’t easy to go back,” she said. “I went back to my roots and refound my passion for helping people through massage. I’ll be sharing a bit about my history of where I came from in both a personal and professional background, and acknowledging working parents and the need for more balance in society.”

Ms Wilkinson, who is chair-woman of the WA Industrial Hemp Association and owner of Hemp Co, said she would honour her staff across the Margaret River and Fremantle stores, all of whom are women.

“Margaret River is a great community that celebrates and supports women and I feel very lucky to live here,” she said.

The event starts at 10am on Thursday. Tickets can be bought via stickytickets.com.au or by emailing rebecca@mrcci.com.au.

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