Before this year’s Awards for Excellence are presented in June, the 2016 recipient of the Rising Star of the Year award, Mel Ware, reflected on what receiving the award meant to her.
Where do you work, Mel?
I am employed as the orchard manager of Mahnew Orchard at Lenswood, South Australia.
Which award did you win, and why?
I won the 2016 Rising Star of the Year award for different aspects of my work at Mahnew Orchard and also within the apple and pear industry. I’ve volunteered at the Royal Adelaide Show for over 10 years and I’ve managed the Apple and Pear Association stall for the last four years. I also manage the APFIP trial block for the South Australian site.
What do you love about your work?
I love my outdoor work with its many different aspects. I could be tree planting and training, pruning, spraying, mowing, picking, thinning or truck driving. I especially love the great working relationship with different growers.
How did you feel about receiving the award?
I appreciate the acknowledgement for the many hours of work that I put into a job that I love. The award can show to others that I commit myself to my employment and the industry.
Do you know who nominated you?
My employers at Mahnew Orchard nominated me.
What would you say to someone considering nominating a peer?
Please nominate them! Young people need to be encouraged to enter or stay in the industry. They are the future of the apple and pear industry!
Rising Star of the Year award nominees are judged according to the following criteria:
- Is 35 years of age or less as at 1 June
- Displays exceptional commitment and passion towards the apple or pear industry.
- Contributes actively towards the organisation and/or management of an apple or pear orchard, business, service or related organisation.
- Must not be an owner or proprietor of the business.
- Is an individual who exceeds in every aspect of their position.
Nominations close April 3. Good luck to all 2018 nominees!