A New Secretary for 2020 Wagin Woolorama

A New Secretary for 2020 Wagin Woolorama

Introducing Amy Kippin one of the youngest committee members to become a Woolorama Secretary

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Diana Blacklock, Media
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Introducing Amy

At 28 years old Amy is preparing to give back to her community now she has returned home from Perth to study fulltime.  She currently lives with her mother and two brothers on their 3rd generation family farm in Woodanilling  Amy left the district in 2015 after working 6 years with the local shire to pursue other career opportunities in Perth and further develop her passion in equestrian sports.

Her first job after leaving school was with the Shire of Woodanilling as a trainee administrator where she quickly became the Executive Support Officer between 2009 and 2015.  Moving to Perth she got employment with a disability organisation, Family Support WA as an administration officer soon to be promoted to Executive Assistance to the Management.  Her primary tasks involved implementing IT systems and work processes which lead her to become the ‘go-to’ person for the NDIS scheme requiring extensive training in service delivery and its many compliance requirements. All during the transition from state to federal government-based policies.

Initially, it was a small organisation with 80 employees including management and expanded to medium-sized business within four years with 160 employees. She attributes this rapid growth to NDIS giving the clients more choice and control over service providers.  She left there in February this year to move home and start full-time study in March 2019, studying a Bachelor of Commerce at Edith Cowan University.  Amy believes her practical experience combined with her tertiary qualifications will increase her opportunities to progress into higher management positions within her chosen career.  Her decision to study full-time online also meant coming home to the farm with her family and beloved horses Cruise and Sarg.

Since leaving school Amy has also been hugely successful in the Show Jumping Society, starting from the Katanning Equestrian Association where she became a showjumping judge…to now being a qualified National-Level judge and sitting on the Equestrian WA State Jumping Committee.  Most recently she was a member of the ground jury and one of only three prestigious judges at the Royal Agricultural Show in Perth.  She also adjudicates in Busselton, Bunbury, Katanning, Dryandra and Wagin Pony Club.  Although she enjoys many successes at judging her other qualification as a National Level 1 Course Designer is her first love and gives her the extra enjoyment, capacity and freedom to combine all elements within the sport.

Amy competes in dressage herself but due to spending most of her time adjudicating, she hasn’t been doing much lately, although she still indulges in riding her young Friesian x Clydesdale around the farm while training him for a future career in dressage

A highlight in her social calendar over the years has been her involvement in the Wagin Woolorama.  Her personal connection has enabled her to contribute to her local community and mingle with her friends at the same time.

Since moving back to the area earlier this year, she understands the value of community and the importance of volunteering and wants to participate more in local events. She believes the position of Woolorama Secretary is an ideal fit for her skill set and her desire to support a fantastic organisation that brings many benefits to rural communities, as well as promoting regional WA!

Initially, her focus will be on modernising some of the current office procedures, namely placing section entries online.  This will mean competitors will be able to go online via an external provider NOMINATE to enter their respective show sections.  This will streamline and improve the data collection by centralising and reducing hardcopy forms.  Thus, making it more efficient and user-friendly.  These exciting changes will provide Woolorama office staff more time to focus on other areas in show administration

Amy brings a wonderful open and youthful approach to the role and hopes people feel they can approach her to discuss any ideas they have for the show.  She also encourages anyone who is interested to come along and try out new things, volunteer and become a member of the extended Woolorama Family.

She has felt warmly welcomed to the Society and hopes to make her own unique mark on the much-loved Wagin Woolorama

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