CWA president Heather Allen hands reins to new leader Elaine Johnson

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CWA of WA state president Elaine Johnson, Pat Nock, of Pemberton, and Rose Allen, of Pemberton.
Camera IconCWA of WA state president Elaine Johnson, Pat Nock, of Pemberton, and Rose Allen, of Pemberton. Credit: Cally Dupe/Countryman, Cally Dupe

Passionate women from all corners of the State gathered in Perth last week for the Country Women’s Association of WA’s 95th State Conference.

The two-day event kicked off with a dinner last Monday night, when Ogilvie farmer Heather Allen delivered her final address to wrap up her three-year term as president before handing the reins to Quairading’s Elaine Johnson.

Carlene Wakefield, of Thornlie, Lois Jones, of Thornlie, Rosa Tognela, of Bunbury, CWA of WA state treasurer Margaret Hector, of Kings Park.
Camera IconCarlene Wakefield, of Thornlie, Lois Jones, of Thornlie, Rosa Tognela, of Bunbury, CWA of WA state treasurer Margaret Hector, of Kings Park. Credit: Cally Dupe
Gemma Laidlaw, of Kalgoorlie, and Bronwyn Desmond-Phillips, of Mingenew.
Camera IconGemma Laidlaw, of Kalgoorlie, and Bronwyn Desmond-Phillips, of Mingenew. Credit: Cally Dupe/Countryman, Cally Dupe

Mrs Allen said she attended her first State Conference in 1988 and remembered “admiring the State president and those that supported her”, thinking she could “never do something like that”.

Monica Boyes, of Denmark, and Lynley Radalji, of Denmark.
Camera IconMonica Boyes, of Denmark, and Lynley Radalji, of Denmark. Credit: Cally Dupe
Peter Allen and former CWA of WA state president Heather Allen.
Camera IconPeter Allen and former CWA of WA state president Heather Allen. Credit: Cally Dupe

A highlight of the event was a regional health forum on Wednesday, which featured WA Country Health Service acting chief operating officer Margaret Denton, Rural Health West chief executive Tim Shackleton, WA Centre for Rural Health director Sandra Thompson, and Shire of East Pilbara president Lynne Craigie.

The two-day conference wrapped up with a dinner and dancing on Wednesday, when the ladies donned their best hats — many home-created — for a competition.

Cheryl Russ, of Derby, and Veronica Mickel, of Condingup.
Camera IconCheryl Russ, of Derby, and Veronica Mickel, of Condingup. Credit: Cally Dupe
Barbara Dinnie OAM, of Dalwallinu, Aileen Thornett, of Koorda, and Alyson Cooper, of Nyabing.
Camera IconBarbara Dinnie OAM, of Dalwallinu, Aileen Thornett, of Koorda, and Alyson Cooper, of Nyabing. Credit: Cally Dupe/Countryman, Cally Dupe
Faye Wilkinson, of Badgingarra, and Sara Kenny, of Badgingarra, and Annette Howard, of Wannamal.
Camera IconFaye Wilkinson, of Badgingarra, and Sara Kenny, of Badgingarra, and Annette Howard, of Wannamal. Credit: Cally Dupe/Countryman, Cally Dupe
Dianne Stewart, of Busselton, and Jacquie Cornish, of Wandering.
Camera IconDianne Stewart, of Busselton, and Jacquie Cornish, of Wandering. Credit: Cally Dupe/Cally Dupe
Kath Morrissey, of Perth, Margaret Johnson, of Yerecoin, Peg Breadsell, of Rosa Glen, and Lee Best, of Rosa Glen.
Camera IconKath Morrissey, of Perth, Margaret Johnson, of Yerecoin, Peg Breadsell, of Rosa Glen, and Lee Best, of Rosa Glen. Credit: Cally Dupe
Rachel Moser, of Leinster, and Belinda Lay, of Esperance.
Camera IconRachel Moser, of Leinster, and Belinda Lay, of Esperance. Credit: Cally Dupe/Countryman, Cally Dupe
Cathy Panizza, of Baldivis, and Linda Tammen, of Baldivis.
Camera IconCathy Panizza, of Baldivis, and Linda Tammen, of Baldivis. Credit: Cally Dupe/Pictures: Cally Dupe, Cally Dupe

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