“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” -Brad Henry
Kalyn Fletcher – This entrepreneurial Business woman who is born and bred in Kununurra, has recently been named Western Australian winner of the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award and one of the Business Women Australia’s – Women on the Rise. Kalyn manages RB Dessert Seed Co. which is focused on wholesale seed production. The company supplies seed to growers across the Ord Irrigation Area and the wider Kimberley Region. Kalyn’s other family venture, the Hoochery Distillery, produces international award winning rum and liqueurs.
From Kununurra, Kalyn grew up on her family farm in the Ord Irrigation Area. Kalyn and her husband moved back to Kununurra 10 years ago, raising three young boys and now managing the family businesses established by her father.
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Enjoy the Bush Lanterns interview with Kalyn Fletcher:
- Tell us a little about yourself, family and work?
Well I live in what I would argue as one of the most beautiful places on earth, Kununurra. If I wasn’t a farmer I would be spending my days fishing, swimming and bushwalking…..but I am a farmer in the Ord River Irrigation Area, so this doesn’t leave much time for these glorious activities but farming in the region is still pretty glorious. We have beautiful soil and plentiful water. I manage two family businesses Desse Seed, a seed production business and a Hoochery Distillery, a Rum Distillery. Along with my husband, I am raising three young boys so I can kick a half decent football and have learnt to laugh at fart jokes.
- What is your greatest achievement?
I hope this may still be to come…. Nothing too exciting yet.
- How did you get where you are today, and who/what helped you?
I am who I am today because of my family. I think its more important to be proud of “who” you are than “where” you are. My father raised us expecting honesty and integrity in everything we do.
- You are an effective female leader. What drives you?
I am just happy to pitch in when something needs to be done. In my family life and in my work life. I think if you can show those around you that you value what they are doing enough to work shoulder to shoulder with them then this creates shared values and shared values are what makes things move forward.
- Name one thing about yourself that most people don’t know
I am a sucker for comedy. I love watching stand up comedy. I love laughing. There is no better feeling than a good old fashioned belly laugh.
- What would be your advice to younger women who are trying to achieve great things in rural areas?
Give it a go because if you over analysis all the pros and cons you will scare the day lights out of yourself and it will never happen.