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Sandy Davis of Davo's Deli wins 2021 Regional Woman in Business award

BEST BUSINESSWOMAN: Sandy Davis of Davo's Deli on Kangaroo Island with the 2021 Regional Woman in Business award on stage at the dinner. Photo: Heidi Wolff

BEST BUSINESSWOMAN: Sandy Davis of Davo's Deli on Kangaroo Island with the 2021 Regional Woman in Business award on stage at the dinner. Photo: Heidi Wolff

Sandy Davis of Parndana on Kangaroo Island has won the Regional Woman in Business Award at the annual SA Woman Awards Dinner.

She accepted her award at the ceremony at the Adelaide Convention Centre on November 12, 2021.

The SA Woman Awards recognise South Australian women in business and Sandy is the owner operator of Davo's Deli at Parndana, where she is also the town's postmistress for Australia Post.

Fellow Islander Sabrina Davis was also nominated for the SA Woman Heart Award.

Sandy said it had been a big year for her and Davo's Deli.

"I haven't been this speechless since I found out I was having twins...what a year it's been for this little peanut," she posted on her social media.

"While this is an award for regional business woman of the year there's no way I could achieve what I do without the amazing crew around me, in work and all the other parts of my life.

"And our little Davo's Deli certainly wouldn't be where it is now without the choice every day that Davo and I make to make this business partnership work.

"I think we've done ok as examples for our three amazing boys."

Sandy opened the business on the main street with her ex-husband 16 years ago in January 2007 and she still enjoys her work.

"I enjoy the interaction with everyone and chatting to people of all ages and backgrounds, from the mums with their kids, to the kids buying chocolates to helping our older residents with their parcels," she said.

Being postmistress was also something she really enjoyed.

"Everyone loves to get a parcel!"

Another highlight was passing on her skills to the juniors, local students who come in after school for 2.5 hours and work Sundays.

Davo's Deli this month has just graduated its 30th junior.

"It's all about supervised mistakes and getting the kids to learn new skills in a supportive environment," she said. "We've gotten so much positive feedback from our juniors over the years about how working in the shop made a big difference for them."

Her official acceptance speech was as follows:

"I would like to firstly acknowledge the amazing work that goes on behind the scenes by the whole SA Woman team to make these awards possible and bring such an amazing night together! Thankyou so much.

I was so privileged to even be a finalist with the caliber of this years nominees I am blown away to be the winner of Regional woman in business. Thankyou to Your Estate Lawyer for their generous sponsorship for this award.

As every person in business knows it takes more than one to make a business, it takes a team. Whether they are staff, family, or friends it takes a team. I have surrounded myself with supportive, honest and driven people who continue to inspire me with what they achieve and that helps drive me to push myself in so many areas of my life. I am coming into my 16th year of being a business owner and I still aim to grow, learn and better my management skills, my business and networking skills and my leadership skills. I cannot express how important self development is.

I am so proud of what I have achieved aver the last 15 years, marriage, business owner, three children, separation, continuation of running this business with my ex husband and all of the curve balls life and business throws at you along the way. Compartmentalising work from personal was huge mental achievement for us in still being able to run a welcoming and safe space especially in times of stress for our community when they needed somewhere to gather and support each other.

Lastly I'd like to thank that one man who in 2007 came into the shop in my first week of business and heard we were making some changes and told me I'd never make it work. Thankyou for unleashing the most stubborn part of me and that's the part that when someone tells you you can't, it so much more enjoyable when you do."

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