Alexandra’s WoolOn Fashion Awards says she is excited about the future of the event, as it has huge potential.
Alexandra woman Victoria Ravenscroft was elected chairwoman at an emergency WoolOn AGM on Monday.
The event was potentially in jeopardy after no chairman was elected at the November 6 AGM.
Former co-chairwomen Leonie Williamson and Karla Sanders had both stood down at the November 6 meeting because of time commitments, and were thanked for their significant contribution to WoolOn.
But without a new chairman, an emergency AGM was then called and Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said it was vital a new chairman was found or the event might not continue.
Mr Cadogan said he was thrilled at the election of Victoria Ravenscroft as the new WoolOn chairwoman and said the event had a bright future.
“I had every faith that someone would step forward to chair WoolOn and I wish Victoria and the committee all the best for the next great fashion event. In addition, the call for help has brought three new committee members out of the woodwork, which can only strengthen an already strong group.”
A mental health practitioner with an interest in fashion and the arts, Mrs Ravenscroft said she moved to Alexandra about two years ago and was “looking for something to do to help the community”.
“I think WoolOn has huge potential. I first went to it about 25 years ago and then I went again two years ago and I couldn’t believe how much better it was and what it had become.”
Former co-chairwoman Ms Williamson said WoolOn was now at a “fork in the road”.
“The committee now needs to decide if we [WoolOn] are a good local event or a good national event .. The potential for the event is huge.”