THE RRR NETWORK BOARD CONSISTS OF 8 DIVERSE WOMEN THAT SPAN WESTERN AUSTRALIA. THEIR SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND PERSONALITIES ARE DRIVING A ROBUST ORGANISATION THAT IS RELEVANT AND INFLUENTIAL. OUR CEO – KENDALL ASKED FLEUR PORTER A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HERSELF AND HER CONNECTION TO THE RRR NETWORK.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
I live in the Midwest, currently in Geraldton. I grew up in the northern wheatbelt on the Murchison River, right before Station country begins. We had merino sheep and cropped wheat and lupins. My family still farms, Dorper sheep and wheat, lupins and canola. It’s pretty marginal country. I love the river and the bush, and then our magnificent coastline and beaches. I went away to Uni in north Queensland and spent time in other places, but the Midwest has been the most magnificent place to raise a family. When I left the family farm and ‘moved’ to town I had to redefine ‘home’ for me. Home is not a place or a house but a space in your heart that’s home-shaped, home coloured, feels homely and smells like home. That said, it will always be somewhere with space and trees, and chickens in the yard.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
I work in my own business as a purpose coach. I specialise with regional, rural and remote people (in particular women on farms and stations and living in rural communities as I can relate to that part of the human experience), and finding ways to combat isolation, anxiety and overwhelm by enabling them to turn their energy into a powerful force for good in the world. I believe that women in rural communities who are connected, know how to nurture and care for themselves, and have solid foundations that allow them to move beyond survival mode, are the first to notice when anyone in their community is not okay. And when they have purpose and connection to others, can and will do great things – including having solid relationships and teamwork with their men, and everyone in their communities. I do 1:1 coaching and run online programs, write, and speak.
WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE RRR NETWORK?
I feel like since, forever, is the answer to the question. After I returned to WA from Queensland with my daughter in 1996, I immediately became interested in all things Ag/Woman and Community because I was living back on the farm as a single mother and I wanted to be involved in things. I always enjoyed the magazine, the stories would inspire me. I was always trying to find my place as a woman in rural WA who was a farmer, but also a marine biologist/environmental scientist, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife and someone who cared deeply about people. The magazine reminded me of all the possibilities. I also wrote for the magazine a couple of times and spoke at the RRR Stronger Conference in 2019.
WHY DID YOU BECOME A RRR NETWORK BOARD MEMBER?
I have a network of women I work with, and I saw the RRR Network Board as an opportunity to extend beyond my sphere/circle. Once I started my own business, I had become very focussed on that, and it seemed like the next step was to contribute in some way beyond that, and bigger than me. I also saw the women on the Board previously and thought I would probably love being inspired by them. I have a privilege and responsibility to make a difference in some way, and I want to represent women where I can, and learn more about ways to do that better.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL, OR OUTSTANDING MEMORY OR EXPERIENCE SINCE BEING WITH THE RRR NETWORK?
Women. Their knowledge and wisdom. Their intuition and deep knowing. Their energy and drive. Their desire to impact and change (positively) their communities. Their creativity and resilience. I have witnessed this in stories in the magazine, in the RW Awards, at conference, during board meetings and throughout the network.