November 23, 2020
LEADERSHIP Wimmera's 2020 graduates have marked the end of their program year.
Graduates of the Regional Leadership Skills and Business Leaders programs celebrated a year of self-development and leadership learning when they gathered in Horsham on Friday and Saturday night. It came after graduates shared their experience by way of prepared speeches last month, via Zoom.
Leadership Wimmera program manager Jessica Grimble said 28 people from 19 organisationshad developed skills to contribute effectively and positively in workplaces and community. For many, the weekend’s dinners were their first in-person meeting since the program began in February.
“Our 2020 participants have spent most of their year-long program online – and it would not have been the year they expected, but one that likely brought many opportunities to learn and grow that were totally unexpected back in January,” Ms Grimble said.
“Participants in a program such as Leadership Wimmera will get as much out of it as they put into it.
“Completing the program during the COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly posed challenges for everyone – from participants to facilitators and those behind the scenes – and we don’t take away from that. But it also offered people a support network and chance to learn new ways to navigate the challenges that came their way.”
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.
The Victorian government is the major financial contributor to Leadership Wimmera. Philanthropic and business support also assists in delivering subsidised learning opportunities to Wimmera Southern Mallee residents.
Expressions of Interest for Leadership Wimmera’s 2021 program are open now. People wanting more information can visit www.wda.org.au/leadership-wimmera or phone Jessica on 0429 811 744.