Rural Ambassador Award

Hayley Marshall

I am a tough country kid from the bush. I grew up on a farm out at Balla, which is east of Binnu, my en re childhood and went to school at Binnu Primary.

I thoroughly enjoyed living on a farm as a child and would have (if I had the choice) spent all my me helping my Dad, Barry Marshall, out in the sheep yards, the workshop, and the paddock every day.

Like most country kids I was shipped to boarding school
for five years at Nagle Catholic College. After not loving my high school experience, I was still young and lost about what I wanted to do in life.

I went to TAFE and studied to become an Assistant Educator and it wasn’t long until I was offered a position at a childcare centre in Geraldton where I worked for 3 years.

The role I had there gave me a lot of life lessons and even though I loved the children, it put me off having kids for some time!

After yearning to be on the farm once more I decided that I wanted to be involved in the agriculture industry in some way.

So with my fresh resume and a pretty smile I knocked on the doors of many agricultural businesses in Geraldton determined to find a job in the industry.

I finally got a job as a yardy at Great Northern Rural Services. I progressed into the role of Merchandise Sales Assistant not long after being there and I am still with the business as an Administration Assistant today.

Through all the roles at GNRS I wanted to learn more about the industry, study and become qualified in the field. This year I made the decision to study the STEPS Tertiaary Preparation Course at Geraldton University so that I would be eligible to apply for university.

I have excelled at my first semester of the STEPS course, with the second semester about to start and am hanging out for the chance to study Agribusiness in 2019.

I know that one day I will be working alongside farmers in the industry but it is much more than that that draws me to the country life.

While living at Binnu had challenges it also brought our family much joy through the community spirit. Whether it be the P&C, the Binnu Tennis Club or the Northampton Ag Society, my sister and I always knew our parents were giving up their me for us, our future and the greater community.

That commitment they made along with many others in the community was the work ethic I grew up with. I was taught that if I had the communities back, they had mine.

That is a lesson I have carried with me into my adult life and I now have passion to make my contribution to the Northampton community.

I became a player in the senior netball competition in Northampton and last year took on the bigger commitment of being the Secretary of the Northampton Netball Association.

Though the commitment I have made to netball keeps me occupied, the one community contribute on that fills me with pride is volunteering at the Northampton Show every year.

I am the fourth generation in my family to contribute to the Northampton Agricultural Society. My great grandparents Sydney and Iris Bridgeman paved the way for us and their trophies are still awarded to talented individuals today.

My grandparents are still contributing with my Nanna, Pam Chisholm, still entering her beautiful cut flowers and baking and my Pop, Kevin Chisholm, entering his mountain of fruit and vegetables into the Exhibition Hall every year.

My mother Michelle Marshall has always made a huge contribution with her talent for cake decorating and crafts but also her commitment to be President of the Exhibition Hall Committee.

My family’s contribute on to the show tells me with such pride and it ultimately helped me make my decision to become Rural Ambassador for this year.

So I too can follow my family’s footsteps and make my contribute on to the country show we all love.

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