Callout for future leaders
THE Gippsland Community Leadership Program (GCLP) is looking for the next generation of community and business leaders to take on the program for 2016.
Now in its twentieth year, the GCLP has produced almost 500 leaders including Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie from Leongatha, and Victoria Police Commissioner Ken Lay, originally from Korumburra.
GCLP lead facilitator Libby Thompson said the program anticipates response from the callout announcement last Tuesday, August 18.
“We are looking for people who have a passion and commitment to the region and want to play a role in developing its future,” she said.
“GCLP provides a forum for aspiring leaders in the region to share knowledge, skills and experiences with other participants while establishing new networks and engaging in the region’s future development.”
Last Wednesday the program came to Leongatha to host a recruitment and information session run by project manager Barry Rogers, who was a member when the program started in 1996.
Alumnus from the program, Daniel Garlick, Jenny Kamage and Belinda Brennan also spoke to prospective members about their experiences within the program over the years.
GCLP has an intake of around 25 participants a year, with 15 program days spread across the calendar.
Each program day takes participants to a significant location in Gippsland, having liaised with Aboriginal groups, dairy farms, prisons and power plants in the past.
“As well as touring through some amazing places around the region, our participants get to speak first hand with some incredible community leaders from around Gippsland, including those at a national level of excellence in their field,” Ms Thompson said.
“It’s an inspiring year long journey for participants to develop their own skills, learn more about themselves, each other, and the Gippsland region.”
Employers around the region have seen significant benefits in encouraging employees from their organisation each year to apply. Testimonials noted a development in participants’ leadership and communication skills, and a better understanding of Gippsland’s history, community and industry sectors. There are several scholarship positions available for 2016.
For employers or potential participants interested in applying, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 56233219.
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