You’d be forgiven for feeling a vague shiver down your spine at the mention of the word “networking”. Anyone who was working during the 80s and 90s when the word conjured up a sense of obligation to “sell yourself” might (understandably) think of networking with dread.
But in 2020, many of us were forced to come to terms with being physically separated from our “networks” it seems many of us have a new sense of appreciating the value of our networks – those connections we might see rarely, but who are certainly an important contributor to our sense of wellbeing and purpose in our work and personal lives.
Those of us in rural Victoria have perhaps had more practice than most at being far away from our most valued friends and mentors – so we know very well how to stay in touch, to reach out, and to remain connected to those who are most important to us. And this skill was definitely tested when we couldn’t gather in person – which is why our Virtual Country Cuppas was such a great success in 2020.
That said, COVID-19 has also taught us that sometimes there is no amount of virtual calls, zoom quizzes and digital check-ins that can replace the feeling of getting together in person with others facing similar challenges.
Those who attended the 2021 Women on Farms Gathering in Port Fairy in March were reminded just how important it is to gather with others who have similar circumstances to share, collaborate, learn and celebrate – especially after year like no other.
The Victorian Rural Women’s Network has been a proud partner and supporter of these events over many years, and was pleased to be involved again in 2021. Well done to the team for delivering another fantastic event, and for bringing everyone together for some much-needed face time.
Due to the disruptions of 2020, the gathering will also be happening again in October in Inglewood. We’ll keep you abreast of event dates, tickets and news closer to the date.