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Laura Cala

Laura Cala

Laura Cala

I love helping people within the regions find opportunities in which they can learn and grow, not only for their business but within themselves personally. My role is connecting the wider community with the wonderful opportunities ARLF offers.

Where does your passion for rural, regional and remote Australia come from?

Having moved from the city to be with my partner on his family farm, I immediately felt isolated as I was so far away from friends and family who knew me so well. It wasn’t until I found groups like Women in Farming, RRR Network, AgconnectWA and Value Creators that I knew there were more like-minded people out there; what it really showed me was; unless you were looking for it like I was – the opportunities to thrive in the regions is hard work and I feel like for some people; they never find the time to get involved. I am so passionate about showing people in the regions there is a place for everyone. Since moving to the country I am now a board member for Women in Farm, a board member for Country to Canberra, a mentor for AgconnectWA and a CRT member for NRWC – all fantastic organisations that share learning and help people stay connected in rural communities.

What’s your favourite memory or most memorable moment in rural, regional and remote Australia?

I will never forget the moment I first drove through our farm with Clinton; I was sitting on the back of the motorbike absolutely taken back by the beauty of our land. 

I grew up dancing from a very small age; whilst I don’t dance anymore I still teach an afternoon after school in town and on the weekends I’ll judge competitions virtually across the country. It’s so amazing to still be involved after all this time.

What’s your professional background?

People who don’t know me very well think it’s funny when I say accounting was my original trade as I’m such a bubbly person but that is where it all started. From accounting, I grew my love for business management and development and now I love getting in and making an impact. I’ve worked in events and communications and I’ve worked for a number of sectors including education, not-for-profit and financial services. I hold my Masters in Business Management and I’m currently completing a Master of Laws in Enterprise Governance. I am a  professional member (MAICD) of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Associate Fellow Member (AFAIM) at the Australian Institute of Management WA and an Associated Member (AMICDA) of the Institute of Community Directors Australia.

Three things you love about working at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation?

The three things I like most about the ARLF are the people, the impact and the opportunity

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