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Expressions of interest sought for Leadership Wimmera program

October 6, 2020

Leadership Wimmera is preparing a reinvigoratedcommunity leadership program for 2021. 

Expressions of interest for the program open this week and organisers say there is no better time to invest – in yourself and the community. 

It comes after a challenging 2020 year. Not immune to the challenges and changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis, Leadership Wimmera quickly transitioned participants to online learning and ensured that supporting the development of emerging leaders continued during a vital period. 

“Strong community leaders are vital – especially during a crisisand there is none more poignant than COVID-19,” program manager Jessica Grimble said. 

“Participants in our 2021 program can equip themselves with the tools they, and their communities, need to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 – by rallying others, building resilience and with innovative thinking.” 

The 10-month Leadership Wimmera program will offer blended and experiential learning opportunities. 

Participants will put learned leadership fundamentals into practice through working on co-designed community projects. The program weaves education about the region and regional priorities into program sessions and project development. 

Leadership Wimmera has a proven record for excellence in leadership development – and plans for 2021 take the program to the next level,” Ms Grimble said. 

Participants will learn more about themselves and their communities and from different perspectives. By investing in their own learning and development, they can become effective, impactful and innovative leaders.” 

Learnings through Leadership Wimmera’s community leadership program continue following the initial 10-month program – with graduates becoming members of its Graduate Network and accessing opportunities that supportlifelong learning. 

These have included training in governance, communications and public speaking, and seminars on topics such as resilience, community leadership, engagement and change management throughout 2020.

Leadership Wimmera is auspiced by Wimmera Development Association. It began in 2002 and has supported the development of almost 600 emerging leaders in the Wimmera Southern Mallee. It is one of nine community leadership programs across regional Victoria. 

With support from Regional Leadership Australia, Leadership Wimmera and its sister programs collaborated to host learning opportunities such as a virtual Federal Parliament education session with ministers and key staffers last monthThe collaboration – which has grown during this year’s pandemic response - also opened opportunities to share ideas among executive officers and program managers and promote learning opportunities for the benefit of local programs. 

Leadership Wimmera 2020



What is Leadership Wimmera?

Leadership Wimmera was established in 2002, auspiced by the Wimmera Development Association. 

It stimulates, facilitates and sustains regional leadership.

Leadership Wimmera provides two inspiring leadership programs to enhance and develop your leadership skills and promote leadership in the region.

As a participant you will not only learn about leadership; but also learn more about yourself and how to successfully work and achieve with others around you.

It will provide challenges, lightbulb moments and plenty of experiences to take you into a more confident, involved, connected and engaged future.

Business Leaders Group

Leadership Wimmera's Business Leaders Group program is designed for business owners and people working in supervisor or management roles.

The program will help people build competence, confidence and commitment for themselves and the people they lead. It will help people fine-tune the culture of their organisation and develop leadership capabilities.

The Business Leaders Program delivers tangible economic and employment outcomes by developing the leadership capacity and skills at senior management level to foster regional business success and innovation.

2020 Business Leaders Group participants

Back, from left, Cait Brennan, Michaela Del Castillo, Brendan McIntosh, Shannyn McGrice, Matthew Op de Coul, Nicole Sawyer, Justin Beugelaar, Vanessa Lantzakis, Luke Spasic, Cheree Johnson, Greg Munn and Mark Sulic.

Front, Anna Greene, Bonnie Kelly, Steph Purcell, Daniel Fischer and Gemma Beavis.




Regional Leadership Skills

Designed to deliver personal and professional growth, develop your leadership style and provide the opportunity for aspiring leaders to develop their leadership skills in the workplace and in their communities. 

2020 Regional Leadership Skills participants

Back, from left, Tom Rowe, Colleen McCann and Damien Crouch.

Middle, Hayley Thomas, Julie Braisby, Jo Gellatly, Katherine Whitehouse and Dianne Stewart.

Front, Mariah Cody, Jessica Kuhne, K’Lu Say Say and Anuba Jalla.





1. You will have fun and meet new friends.

2. You will gain confidence and feel more empowered.

3. You will develop and refine your leadership skills.

4. You will boost your networks and collaborations at a local, state and, potentially, national level.

5. You will learn about yourself and how to better communicate with, and understand, others.

6. You will become more focussed on building your career and making positive life changes.

7. You will make lasting and meaningful connections with other participants.

Contact Us Now

For more information about Leadership Wimmera, contact Jessica Grimble on 0429 811 744 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leadership Wimmera advisory committee

Tim Shaw, acting chair.

Committee members Donald Carter, Jo Bourke, Amelia Crafter, Luke Austin and Emilia Johns.

Josh Koenig (WDA Board representative) and Colin Kemp (Regional Development Victoria representative)

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