Emmeline Vivian, a dedicated farm girl from Ponde, is exploring her passion for agriculture, with the dream of being an advocate for women in the industry.
At just 18, she is an Ambassador for Cancer Council SA, a member of the State Country Shows next generation executive committee, and has a duel diploma in Business, Leadership and Management.
For her many achievements, she has been nominated for a Channel 9 Young Achiever Award in the Santos Regional Service Award category.
Since she could walk, Emmeline was hands on with the dozens of animals on her family farm and fell in love with the country way of life.
“I loved growing up on a farm… there are so many opportunities for us to find ourselves out here,” she said.
“I’d like to stay here… you can’t just leave something that’s been such a strong foundation for who you are.”
Thanks to the drought, her family’s dairy farm was forced shut in 2009 and Emmeline has dreamed of working in dairy ever since.
“Dad was a fifth generation dairy farmer so I would love to be involved in dairy farming in the future,” she said.
Emmeline has been on the Mannum Show Society Executive Committee for the past four years, convening both the art and poultry sections, and is set to take over as president in the coming years.
During year 11, Emmeline completed Cancer Council SA’s young ambassador program, allowing her to spread awareness and raise funds for cancer research.
She raised $4,000 on her own and returned in 2016 as an adult ambassador and mentor to the next generation of young ambassadors.
“The biggest thing I developed during that time was compassion; you get to see the people who it truly affects,” she said.
“Fighting cancer is one of the best things you can be a part of and now I get to mentor younger kids who will contribute to our work.”
This year, she starts her double degree in business and agriculture.
“I want to keep doing things I’m passionate about and hopefully build my way up in agriculture,” she said.