December Business After Hours

The youth of Denmark was celebrated at the December Business After Hours with the three participants of the Young Women in Business Mentorship Program presenting to members and talking about their experience and personal growth during this 6 month long program which was sponsored by Silverstream Wines, The Denmark Chamber of Commerce and the Great Southern Development Commission.


Kaiya Ashworth is a project manager at Denmark Arts and found the mentorship left her motivated and inspired from listening to the personal stories of the mentors. Ruby Adams, a local Pilates instructor spoke highly of the program and has gained in confidence from the experience. Courtney Walsh is the Community and Engagement Officer at the Shire of Denmark talked about how the program was an incentive for young people to stay in the town, to grow and to thrive here. Building connections with the older generation of women was an inspiration. The three participants were chosen via an application process.


11 mentees were on hand for the mentors during the program. Verity Byth, Tamala Ridge, Annette Carmichael, Dr Ceinwen Gearon, Esther Jones, Jo Taylor, Juliet Grist, Dr. Lenore Lyons, Liz Jack, Martha Barnard-Rae and Sumer Addy.


After the runaway success of this endeavour plans for a similar program for the young men of Denmark are underway.

The Business After Hours event was sponsored by Rockcliffe Winery, Great Southern Development Commission and Regional Development Australia.




Ceinwen Gearon, Juliet Grist and Esther Jones

Louise Cato, Vivienne Robertson and Simon Lyas

Natasha Monks and Jane Kelsbie