RDA Central West's TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue is nearing the end of the program, however the students have been actively engaging in a range of events and activities.
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Member for Orange and Mentor, Phil Donato MP, recently invited participating student, including Canowindra student Claire Wright, to his Orange electorate office for a BBQ due to the planned trip to the NSW Parliament being cancelled on account of COVID-19 restrictions.
RDA Central West CEO, Sam Harma said it was a great afternoon and the students learnt about Mr Donato's previous careers as a pastry chef, police prosecutor and what his current role as the Member for Orange involves.
"Phil was very generous with his time and whilst manning the BBQ he spoke about his role and responsibilities as the Member for Orange but also what led him to where he is today," said Mr Harma.
"He also answered questions from the students and as one of the fantastic mentors in the program, offered his advice as the students embark on their final year of school.
"He not only encouraged them to embrace every opportunity that comes along their way, but highlighted the importance of backing yourself and to just be yourself. Very wise words!"
Following their afternoon with Mr Donato, the TEN4TEN students also toured the new Department of Primary Industries building with Mentor and Deputy Director General - Agriculture, Kate Lorimer-Ward.
Kate was joined by Executive Assistant, Penny Callow; Schools Program Officer, Megs Dunford; Veterinary Officer, Animal Welfare, Jannene Geoghegan and Senior Policy Officer, Oliver Perrottet.
"The students enjoyed hearing about the different career opportunities available through the Department of Primary Industries and the work the department is conducting across the state," added Mr Harma.
"It was another great opportunity to showcase the different career paths on offer at the DPI, but also the strong and inspiring future of the agricultural industry in regional New South Wales.
"While there is still some time left in the program, I hope these two activities have gone on to help the students realise they have a bright future ahead, and it's possible it will be based right here in the Central West."
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