RURAL WOMEN: Nanango teacher Kayleen Freeman with students Tiana Collins, Sophie Stone and Jamie-Lee Barron. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
RURAL WOMEN: Nanango teacher Kayleen Freeman with students Tiana Collins, Sophie Stone and Jamie-Lee Barron. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

Humble women celebrated in Queensland Women's Week

LORRIE Pegrem is an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things and her hard work and passion does not go unnoticed.

Mrs Pegrem was just one of the women unearthed in a photo exhibition this week for her contribution to the South Burnett.

Colleague Kayleen Freeman said the primary school teacher was a true inspiration to her.

"She's taught each of my three children and I'm just in awe of the work she's done," Mrs Freeman said.

"Lorrie's desire to create and grow hungry learners has had a significant impact on those rural families that her natural talents and heart have touched."

Mrs Freeman said Mrs Pegrem's dedication and passion for the children she taught stayed with her to this day.

"She just loves the kids, and the kids love being there."

Lorrie Pegrem has a true dedication and desire to grow
Lorrie Pegrem has a true dedication and desire to grow "hungry learners". Contributed Contributed

Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network's Melissa Barnett said she celebrated humble women who were "probably embarrassed to hear they're inspirational".

"Our mothers, friends, nieces, grandmothers - every one of these women are deserving," she said.

Queensland Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman said the gender pay gap was concerning and there was still a long way to go before it closed.

"It's wider than it was 20 years ago," she said.

"But these wonderful regional women right here are paving a path for the next generation," she said.

RURAL WOMEN: Cr Ros Heit, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, Hon Shannon Fentiman and Cr Kathy Duff. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
RURAL WOMEN: Cr Ros Heit, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, Hon Shannon Fentiman and Cr Kathy Duff. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall
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