COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Kay Saarinen
Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (20:31:48): I congratulate to Wyndham organic farmer and producer Kay Saarinen on winning the national AusMumpreneur Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of Australian mums in small business.
Kay is the founder of Eco Seed to Skin by Saarinen Organics, which was a finalist in all four AusMumpreneur Award categories this year. Seed to Skin took first place in Handmade Excellence, second in People's Choice Product and Sustainable Business Ethics, and third in Regional Business Excellence. This top‑class combination placed her as the overall winner.
I first met Kay earlier this year when the far South Coast was still reeling from the devastation and loss caused by those catastrophic bushfires. She had been evacuated seven times. I visited her again mid‑year and was blown away by the amount of work Kay and her husband, Gregg, had already put in to rebuild their property. It is truly amazing that Kay managed to not only survive the fires but also thrive to the extent that their small, rural business came through a national competition with top honours.
I congratulate Kay and Gregg. They are a true inspiration.