“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” Dr. Seuss
As we wind down, or is that wind up, in the lead up to the festive season, I would like to share with you the outcomes from this year’s graduating Community Leaders. I am always thrilled to be travelling this vast state of ours attending Regional Community Leadership Program graduations. During these events, I am reminded of the great Dr. Seuss who had a wonderful way of words none more so than the quote above.
As community leaders, you are off to great places and now that you have graduated you are off and away. We often tell you that your leadership journey has only just commenced and we certainly look forward to hearing and seeing the positive difference you are making in your communities.
I would need to write a very lengthy book to demonstrate the impact you have had during the year, I am dedicating this blog to the class of 2016 whose impact will be felt for many years to come.
Our programs have an amazing ability to bring out the best in people and I am constantly astounded at the insights our graduates have had during the year.
Below is a summary of the Class of 2016:
- 230 graduates (we now have over 3200 graduates across the state)
- 70+ community projects
- 90 Regional Locations visited
- Canberra and Melbourne Study Tours
- 13 – 2016 Graduates ran for Council with 7 elected
Let me share with you a few community projects I had the pleasure of hearing about
1) Leaders for Geelong – Healthy Minds Geelong
Adam Watson, Peter Derbyshire, Zoe Water, Sarah Bullock, Stephen Evans, Kylie McClure
The key objectives of this project were to create a localised website for the Geelong community which offers endorsed and approved self-management mental health tools; to produce a campaign that promotes the normalisation of mental health initiatives and the benefits of healthy mental health.
2) Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program – Repurposing of Old Pallets
Stewart Luckman, Inglewood
I saw an opportunity to encourage, engage and nurture a good working relationship between a business, a struggling primary school and a rural Men’s shed to work together on a mutually beneficial project around repurposing old packing pallets into objects for sale, to teach children practical skills and to generate a small income stream for the school. Read The Ripple Effect here
3) Northern Mallee Leaders – Souls of Sunraysia
Aleesha Davis, Mildura
This community based project is aimed at increasing social awareness and understanding within the Sunraysia region through the sharing of stories of those who live here. Read More
4) Leadership Great South Coast – Inclusive Play Equipment
Wayne Robertson (Cobden), Sue Cassidy (Warrnambool), Angela Gowans (Skipton), Carly Jordan (Glenelg Shire)
This project aims to source appropriate funds for a piece of all-inclusive play equipment. Working with the Warrnambool City Council the project will install an all-inclusive carousel in the Cramer Street playground. A report will be produced and distributed to Great South Coast Local Government Areas to support the development of future inclusive playgrounds across the region.
5) Fairley Leadership (Goulburn Murray) – Where The Brolgas Dance
2016 Fairley Cohort
The Fairley cohort wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book called “Where the Brolgas Dance.” Brolgas are one of Southern Australia’s most endangered species. The publication aims to raise awareness of the Brolgas and how we can all help to save them. It is the aim of the Fairley cohort to ensure all schools and regional libraries in the Goulburn Broken region received a copy.
Thanks to each of every one of you for sharing your stories with me and for the work you have done not only this year but in the year’s to come. Regional Victoria is in great hands with Community Leaders like the class of 2016 leading the way.
In closing let me leave you with another poem from Dr. Seuss, enjoy the holiday season, be safe and I look forward to hearing from you or seeing you in 2017.
“How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Seuss
Chat with you in 2017. Regards Kat
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