Wendy’s way all about real warmth

Chantel McAlisterCountryman
Wendy Chant.
Camera IconWendy Chant. Credit: Chantel McAlister

There are many titles that Wendy Chant falls under. Shearing contractor, mum, woolclasser — from 16 years old — and counsellor.

But when you meet this rural woman it’s not about the labels.

She has a vibe about her that draws you in. It’s warm and inviting and you instantly feel like part of her family.

Ms Chant grew up over the ditch on a third generation farm in a little country village called Colyton on the north island of New Zealand.

Having settled just outside of Cranbrook, WA, she is now raising her three children on her own hobby farm.

Being around wool all of her life — starting her career at just eight — she undoubtedly has a passion for the shearing and wool industry. When asked what it is about the wool industry that has her so captivated, Ms Chant replied “the honesty”.

“In the raw quality and diversity of the product, the honest hard work in the shed and the camaraderie and the mateship between client and staff alike,” she said.

That’s what life is for Wendy, full of family, love and connection.

Now running Chant Shearing with her ex partner, Kelvin, each team member sits safely under her wing.

Although her label there is “boss”, she is mother hen to them all.

Hard times have hit the team in recent years and instead of granting a day or two off here and there, Ms Chant provides financial and emotional support, but most of all her motherly love when needed most.

Her wool shed work has slowed down but her fond memories of her days in the sheds are alive and well.

In her spare time, Ms Chant hosts and counsels women at her farm who are struggling with different aspects of their life, be it physical or emotional.

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