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    2021 Business Leaders graduates Back row, Adam Roche of ACE Radio, Greg Fletcher of Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, Scott Robinson of Wimmera Pride Project, Michael Schneider and Sarah Tottenham of GWMWater, Andrew Harrison representing the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing and Wimmera Catchment Management Authority and Flip Stein of Grampians Olive Company. Middle, JessieAnne Gartlan of Wimmera Mallee News, Holly Noonan of GWMWater, Charee Smith of Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Stephanie Harder of Horsham Rural City Council and Jenn Tumney of Grampians Community Health. Front, Belinda Gilpin of Uniting Wimmera, Onella Cooray of Agriculture Victoria and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Rebecca Dunsmuir of the Commonwealth Bank, Arun Sivakumar Shunmugan of Agriculture Victoria and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, and Jason Brady of Horsham Rural City Council.
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    GRADUATES: 2021 Leadership Wimmera Regional Leadership Skills graduates, from left, back, Teaghan Smith, Dunmunkle Lodge; Angela Dicker, Elders Horsham; Bianca Gold, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; Cara Hadzig, GE Renewable Energy; James Davidson, ACE Radio; Hannah Auld, Parks Victoria; and Erica Steadman, Australian Grains Genebank and Agriculture Victoria; and front, Cecile Vence, Centre for Participation; Doh Soe Pae Htoo, GrainCorp and Horsham Karen community; and Tim Carter, Breuers Hire. Absent: Joel Pymer, Girvan Lea; and Thyagaraju Devulapally, Meals Box Cafe Hopetoun.

PHOTOS: Leadership Wimmera calls for applicants

Leadership Wimmera is calling for 2022 applications for its long-running programs.

The group, overseen by Wimmera Development Association, runs the community leadership development programs to provide learning opportunities for established or rising leaders across the Wimmera and southern Mallee.

The programs are also designed to enhance, develop and promote leadership in the region generally. 

Leadership Wimmera started in 2002 and has supported the development of more than 600 emerging leaders.

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Program manager Jessica Grimble said as Leadership Wimmera celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2022, its programs entered a new era. 

“Leadership Wimmera programs are recognised for offering people an opportunity to learn more about themselves and recognise their potential – as leaders of workplaces and community groups, and as family members and friends,” she said.

“Sometimes people refer to this as being pulled apart and put back together again; or opening doors to living their truth. Others say it helped them identify their superpower. 

“Changes in 2022 will take our programs to the next level as we promote opportunities for leadership in action – offering participants opportunities to learn and develop their skills relating to leadership of self, leadership of others, and regional leadership.

“For participants of the Change Makers program, the regional leadership component is an educational opportunity to discuss – and possibly action – some of the opportunities and challenges facing the region. This will occur through awareness-building sessions and completion of a community project, working with an existing group or organisation to identify a need and bring this to life. 

“Integration between programs offers new and past participants the chance to take on as much learning – locally, and with local people – as they wish and promotes and supports the lifelong learning of leaders in the Wimmera-southern Mallee.” 

The 2022 programs include: 

• A 10-month Change Makers program for existing leaders – those who own or run a business and-or who lead a team at work or in their community life – and who have demonstrated potential to commit to greater leadership involvement in their workplace or community.

• A three-month Emerging Leaders program designed for those wanting to build leadership skills to increase their influence within the workplace or community groups.

• A three-month Leadership Master Class for past participants of Leadership Wimmera’s flagship programs – designed to refresh knowledge on previous material and advance their leadership skills for the benefit of business and community leadership in the region.

Graduates of Leadership Wimmera programs often increase their community involvement with the aid of their new and developed leadership skills, and the graduate network is a resource for other groups. Programs also provide mentoring and networking opportunities. 

Ms Grimble said people could call her on 0429 811 744 for more information. Application information packs are available and information sessions for supporters and prospective participants are scheduled in the coming weeks. Applications close on December 3 and course offers are due in January. 

Leadership Wimmera receives significant financial support from State Government, through Regional Development Victoria, and recognises the long-running support of regional philanthropic and other supporters and sponsors.

Leadership Wimmera’s 2021 programs have come to a close for 29 participants of Business Leaders and Regional Skills programs. 

Participants’ end-of-year presentations reflected on the personal and professional impacts of the program – and their future aspirations for leadership.

Leadership Wimmera chairman and 2016 Business Leaders program graduate Josh Koenig said graduates had adapted and overcome another challenging year. 

“Out of life’s challenges comes life’s opportunities and all our graduates seized opportunities and made the most of the year,” he said.

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