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Leadership Ballarat & Western Region

Yearbook 2012


Contents 2012 Leadship Program Participants

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Shape the Future

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Executive Officer's Message

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Roll Call 2006 - 11

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LBWR Committee Thank you

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A Year in Review

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2012 Program Schedule

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Participant Reflections

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2012 Leadship Program Participants Jeff Ashmore Facility Maintenance Planner City of Ballarat Tim Atkinson Administration Manager Sargeant Transport Jo Brennan Group Administration Supervisor JG King Building Group Belinda Cushing Area Sales Manager Telstra

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Andrea Carroll Economic Development Officer City of Ballarat

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Angela Connor Branch Manager People @ Work Andrew Eales Editor The Courier Dr Nina Fotinatos Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) Lecturer / Researcher University of Ballarat Leeanne Greenwood Internal Consultant Corporate Quality and Risk, Berry Street

Michelle Harper Manager Child and Youth Mental Health Services Redesign Demonstration Project Ballarat Health Services Barry Kay Interpretive Theatre Development Manager Sovereign Hill Marnie Kerridge – Helen McPherson Smith Trust Scholarship Coordinator / Teacher of the Deaf Ballarat Deaf Facility Larelle Kuczer Sponsored by City of Ballarat Youth Worker Beth Lamont President Ballarat Toy Library


Jodie Rykers Project Coordinator KidsMatter Primary Sponsor Child and Family Services

Bobby Mehta Pharmacy Manager UFS Dispensaries

Sean Simpson Area Manager Elders Rural Services

Simone Noelker Physiotherapist Ballarat Health Services

Christopher Stevens IT Manager Haymes Paint

Tim Owen Finance Manager Moorabool Shire Council

Dawn Tschujasehenko Acting Community Development Manager Moorabool Shire Council

Jodie Perry Senior Accountant McCain Foods (Aust) Pty Ltd

Janelle Ryan - Peter Davies Scholarship Communications Specialist The Little PR Company

Jo Powell countant Accountant onsored by YMCA Sponsored rman Prueter Norman aufort Community Beaufort source Centre & Resource rary Services Library ordinator Pyrenees Coordinator

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Andrew McManus Operations Manager Mars Chocolate Australia

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Executive Officer's Message

At LBWR we aspire to create a positive future. We focus on inspiring people to lead… to create a more sustainable and connected community. Our ability to create, invest, inspire and shape relies on us being aware of the issues that impact on our future and having the desire to accept the challenge to make a difference.

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As Father Bob Maguire says, “we are the ones we have been waiting for and it starts with us”.

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As a member of any community it is important that we have an understanding of our place and space within it. We can lead positive community change by creating a ‘ripple effect’ through our actions – by connecting, listening, experiencing, thinking, questioning and broadening our understanding. It’s been a pleasure to explore the possibilities for the future of our regional communities with the participants of the 2012 leadership program. We’ve focused on the head, heart and hand of leadership. We’ve explored a breadth of topics, peeling back the many layers to consider the interconnectedness of issues that influence how we, as a community, respond to change, prepare for the future and support others.

A real strength of the 2012 program was the diversity of participants – the group consisted of a melting pot of culture, age, knowledge, skill and industry areas. We were guided by a common desire to learn more and to do more. We explored, learned and came to understand that our ability to influence grows from those you connect to and what you learn about yourself. Thank you to those who have invested in our program year in so many ways: by presenting at program days and evenings, by providing opportunities for us to visit your business, by mentoring or sponsoring, by sharing resources or by partnering with us. But most of all thank you to the community that inspires us, the people within it and the stories you tell. I am blessed by the people I meet each day who positively influence how we think and how we live, locally and globally.

Sofia


Name

Organisation

Lynne McLennan (Chair)

CEO - UFS Dispensaries

Denielle Beardmore (LBWR 2010)

Director Clinical Education and Practice Development - Ballarat Health Services

Michael Boatman (LBWR 2009)

Manager Community Safety - CFA

Angela Carey (LBWR 2006)

Content Director ConnectPink - Fairfax Regional Media

John Kilgour (ex-officio CfB)

CEO - Committee for Ballarat

Kay Macaulay

Regional Manager - Australian Industry Group (Ballarat)

Karen McCraw (LBWR 2007)

CEO - Karden Disability Services Foundation

Andrew Henwood (LBWR 2009)

Group Accountant - Plus IT

Adam Rogers (LBWR 10)

Regional Director West - Worksafe Victoria

Rodney Walton (ex-officio CfB)

General Manager - Haymes Paint

Scott Williams

Director - SED Consulting

Nicole Roberts (LBWR 2011)

Manager Retail & Customer Service - Sovereign Hill

This year a significant milestone was reached by LBWR, with the generous commitment of stable funding by the State Government providing security for our program in the future. Funding has enabled the creation of additional staffing positions and for the first time we are able to provide dedicated support to our growing program alumni. I would like to pay tribute to the former Chairman of the LBWR Committee, Bill Wood, and the former Executive Officer Roger Bade for their efforts over several years to achieve this funding commitment. After five very successful years steering the Leadership Program Roger left with our best wishes to further his career in the education sector. LBWR has been fortunate to welcome Sofia Fiusco to the role as Executive Officer. Sofia has been tackling the challenges of running an expanded program with considerable gusto! I would like to thank the members of the LBWR Committee for their contributions during the year in ensuring the continuation of our successful program.

Lynne McLennan Chair

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Thanks to the LBWR Committee for inspiring the ongoing development of the 2012 leadership program.

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2012 Program Schedule Session

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Presenters

Sponsor/Venue

Syndicate

Jeremy Reynolds Manager of Demographic Research DPCD

Sponsored by City of Ballarat

Mr Simon Ramsay MLC for Western Victoria

Venue Art Gallery of Ballarat

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Anthony Schinck Chief Executive Officer City of Ballarat

Tony Chew Chair Committee for Ballarat

Jo Bourke Executive Director Wimmera Development Association

Kieran Murrihy Manager Social Inclusion and Planning at Department of Human Services

Sponsored by BEST Community Development

Father Frank Smith Exodus Community / Wendouree West Community Renewal

Venue BEST Employment King St

Ian Mac Bean Trentham Community Groups Forum

Narelle Casey Media Liaison and Community Engagement Officer Ballarat Aboriginal and District Co-op

Reflective Practice & Water Sustainability

Kraig Grimes Director Leading Teams

To gain an understanding of the water issues that impact now and to understand what is required to ensure sustainable systems for residential, commercial and industrial zones.

Phillip Anstis Central Highlands Water: Strategic Planner

Brady Schimdt Central Highlands Water: Water Project Manager

Leadership: Enquiry / Sustainability

Ian Rossiter Manager Public Spaces and Environment City of Ballarat / Secure & Sustainable Water Task Team Member Committee for Ballarat

Well-being To understand the responses in place for improving / supporting community health and well-being and to recognize the challenges and opportunities of this.

Ian Bennett “Breakaway” Group Managing Director – Former CEO Life Be In It!

Sponsored by St John of God Hospital

Jo Gell CEO Ballarat District Nursing & Healthcare

Venue St John of God Hospital

Leadership: Responsibility

Catherine King Federal Member for Ballarat, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport

Katherine Gillespie CEO Central Highlands Primary Care Partnership

March Our Region 7 To understand our region through big picture thinking, vision and strategy. Leadership: Vision / Strategy Personal: Big Picture / Goals

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March Social Connectedness 21 To understand social and economic participation and engagement within our community. Leadership: Collaboration / Cohesion Personal: Relationships / Empathy

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April 18

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Personal: Future Thinking / Social Responsibility

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4

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May 2

Personal: Resilience

Sponsored by Central Highlands Water Venue Sails on the Lake

Sean Simpson Larelle Kuczer Jo Powell Tim Owen

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Barry Kay

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Andrew Eales

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Jo Powell

Marnie Kerridge Dr Nina Fotinatos Janelle Ryan

Jodie Perry Andrea Carroll Dawn Tschujasenko

Bobby Mehta Andrew Eales Belinda Cushing


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Topic

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2xD

May Government 22, 23 To gain an understanding of the systems and processes in place for working with the Government and other organisations to champion and lobby a cause to be recognized and supported that supports the development of sustainable communities.

June 13

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June 27

Independent, New England

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Senator Richard de Natale (Greens, Vic)

Wayne Swan Treasurer

Catherine King Federal Member for Ballarat

Tanya Plibersek Minister for Health

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Peter Dwyer

Gordon Gregory Executive Director National Rural Health Alliance

Geoffrey Annison Deputy Chief Executive Australian Food & Grocery Council

Deb Kerr Manager of Natural Resource Management The National Farmers Federation & Duncan Fraser

Ron The Big Issue & Vendors Aaron, Debbie and Pam

Jonathan Fritz US Embassy Economic Counselor & Alesia

Economic Growth

To understand economic growth and innovation in a global context through strategic thinking.

Tony Stone Gekko Organisation & Strategic Excellence Manager

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Vic Muller General Manager Gold Acres

Leadership: Change Management

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Brett Jones Managing Director Berklee

Personal: Business Thinking

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Social Inclusion To develop a better understanding of the personal and leadership challenges involving ex-offenders and the community in general following release from prisons. Leadership: Inclusion / Pathways Personal: Empathy

Sponsor/Venue

Syndicate

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Belinda Cushing

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Jodie Rykers

Sponsored by Gekko

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Chris Stevens

Venue Gekko

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Michelle Harper

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Sean Simpson

Simon & Andy Supported by Broadband, Communications and the Catherine King Digital Economy Portfolio Chief Advisors Federal Member for Ballarat Tony Windsor Senator Stephen Parry (Lib) Deputy President of the Senate

Personal: Advocacy / Diversity

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Leadership: Governing / Lobbying

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Presenters

Venue Parliament House & Rydges Hotel Canberra

Tony Abbott Leader of the Opposition Anna Burke Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives

Sean Simpson Barry Kay Jo Brennan Andrew Eales Tim Owen Andrea Carroll Sean Simpson Dawn Tschujasenko Janelle Ryan Norman Prueter Bobby Mehta Jeff Ashmore Larelle Kuczer Angela Connor

Paul Bongiorno Network Ten's Parliament House Bureau Chief in Canberra and Political Editor

ndrew Pekin Manager SES Mars Chocolate

Leeanne Greenwood Belinda Cushing Jeff Ashmore

Tony Stone Managing Director Selkirk

Langi Kal Kal & Hopkins Correctional Centre Suzanne Hopkins, Programs Coordinator

Sponsored by Justice Department

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Venue Langi Kal Kal

Patrick McCormick, General Manager Pamela Orr, Offender Services Manager

Larelle Kuczer Jo Powell Tim Owen

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Session

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2012 Program Schedule Session

Type

Date

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D

July 18

Topic

Presenters

Sponsor/Venue

Syndicate

Education, Training & Employment: To understand the opportunities that come from creating a learning organization that is responsive to your organizational needs and instrumental in developing workready employees.

Denielle Beardmore Director of Clinical Education and Practice Development Ballarat Health Services Peter Botha IBM Katrina Beer Vocational Program Manager Peter Lovett Associate Prof Barry Wright Dean School of Manufacturing & Construction Professor Andrew Smith Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Schools and Programs) University of Ballarat

Sponsored by Ballarat Health Services

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Bobby Mehta

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson Senator for Victoria, Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Centenary of ANZAC Father Bob Maguire AM, Fr Bob Maguire Foundation Sweet Monas Choir

Sponsored by In the Spotlight Ballarat Grammar

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Andrew Eales

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Chris Stevens

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Michelle Harper

Andrew Mc Manus

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Angela Connor

Leadership: Capacity Building / Pathways Personal: Life-Long Learning

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11

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Aug 7

Aug 22

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Community To understand the social responsibility for improving and supporting community wellbeing and to recognize the challenges and opportunities of this considering what is your ripple effect?

Safe & Secure Communities To understand the value of creating a safe and secure community.

Leadership: Attitudes / Expectations

Personal: Trust / Connectedness

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Sep 5

Leadership To reflect on what leadership is and how do we motivate others to lead. Leadership: Capacity Building Personal: Inspiration / Motivation

Venue Ballarat Health Services

Venue Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts

Skye Mannix-McCann Community Venue Yuille Park Learning & Liaison Officer P – 8 Community Wendouree West Community College Learning Hub Senior Constable Des Hudson Ballarat Police Youth Resource Officer Emma Mahony Program Manager Women’s Health Grampians Simone Meade Program Manager Women’s Health Grampians Women’s Health Grampians Community Health Team Christina Fay Business Development & Events Coordination CAFS

Kraig Grimes Director Leading Teams

Sponsored by North Ballarat Football Club Venue North Ballarat Football Club

Tim Atkinson Beth Lamont Jo Brennan

Jodie Perry Andrea Carroll Dawn Tschujasenko

Leeanne Greenwood Belinda Cushing Jeff Ashmore

Jodie Rykers Norman Prueter Simone Noelker


Type

Date

13

D

Sep 19

Topic

Presenters

Sponsor/Venue

Syndicate

Arts & Culture To understand the benefits that the Arts bring to our community in enhancing culture, social participation, economics growth.

Emma Corbett Leehane BADAC Cultural Education Officer Gordon Morrison Director Art Gallery of Ballarat Daniel Henderson Business Development Coordinator Arts & Culture Carolynne Hamdorf Leap Coordinator City of Ballarat Deborah Klein Community Arts and Culture Coordinator City of Ballarat Laura Day Learn 2 Screenprint Steph Wallace Red Brick Gallery Owner Anne E Stewart Story Teller

Venue BADAC Cultural Education Centre

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Barry Kay

Dorana Wirne Tourism Victoria General Manager, Destination and Product Marketing Peter Mc Convill Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa & Wellness Retreat Chris Weippert Owner Chocolate Mill Roger McLean Owner Herbal Lore Liqueurs Sebastian Kline Mayor Hepburn Shire Aaron Van Egmond CEO Hepburn Shire

Sponsored by Hepburn Shire

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Bobby Mehta

Andrew Rowe CEO Ballarat Health Services

Venue Greenhill Enterprise Centre Ballarat Technology Park

Andrew McManus

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Angela Connor

Leadership: Creative Thinking / Innovation Personal: Passion / Expression

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Oct 10

Tourism To understand the impact of tourism on our communities both economically and socially. Leadership: Diversity / Adaptability

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Oct 24

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Personal: Community Culture

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Leadership Reflecting on a year of leadership “past, present and future” to prepare for their syndicate leadership presentation.

Venue Hepburn Spa - Pavillion Cafe

Marnie Kerridge Dr Nina Fotinatos Janelle Ryan

Tim Atkinson Beth Lamont Jo Brennan

Jodie Rykers Norman Prueter Simone Noelker Leadership Ballarat & Western Region Yearbook 2012

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Participant Reflections Jeff Ashmore Facility Maintenance Planner | City of Ballarat I have found the 2012 leadership program to be the most informative, broad and balanced professional / personal learning that I have been engaged in. I think in a way I would say it has been life changing.

Tim Atkinson Administration Manager | Sargeant Transport The year was eye opening for me and challenged me to think differently about community issues and how they affect all of us. The program has not just broadened my knowledge of the community but challenged me in areas that have improved my confidence and helped me through the first year of my promotion to administration manager. I took a lot out of each program day and am grateful for the opportunity to learn from very experienced and knowledgeable people. The highlights of the year were the Canberra trip and the opportunity to have an experienced mentor that I got a lot out of for my personal growth and for the company I work for. I hope that with this extra knowledge about leadership and the community to be more involved than I was before going into the program. I wish to thank Sofia and the team at LBWR and all the participants of the program for this fantastic experience.

Jo Brennan Group Administration Supervisor | JG King Building Group 2012 LBWR has been an amazing experience. We have met with inspirational and inspiring people. My eyes have been opened to a whole new world. You don’t realise what a sheltered protected life you have until you start to see others who live in challenging circumstances. I plan to take what I have learned and put more back into our small community. I want the town to grow, become more neighbourly and go back to a time where people rallied behind and supported one another. I believe I have more to give and that running for or even just attending council meetings would help me understand the issues we all face and what I can help my town with. It all starts with ME. The approach to change in the community is vital; to pick the right time and place sets the scene for positive and productive change. Together we can achieve so much more. Although human nature often gets in the way, I need to rise above that to become a leader. Always remembering that without followers, we are not leaders. Having young children, I want them to share in the community activities and grow up with positive and open minds. To become non-judgmental and aspire to lead others, including myself through good times, hard times and change. When starting this journey I didn’t know what I was in for. Having been through it, I would not change a thing and cannot encourage others enough to put your hand up and take on the task of becoming a leader of the future.

Belinda Cushing Area Sales Manager | Telstra My year with LBWR has given me a huge insight into the community I call home. It has encouraged me to peel back the layers and not just look at things at face value, but really understand what makes up our region and how positive change can come about. Throughout the year I have felt challenged, supported and most of all empowered to get involved. I have learnt that small change can make a big difference with the ripple effect‌ and what am I waiting for?

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Andrea Carroll Economic Development Officer | City of Ballarat

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LBWR 2012 has impacted me on number of levels both personally and professionally. The diversity of topics covered in our program days has afforded me a much greater understanding and appreciation of issues facing the Ballarat community. The personal connections I have made with my LBWR peers has enriched my experience of the program greatly. The LBWR program provided me with the opportunity to meet local and national leaders, visit organisations and attend events that I would not normally have access to. Some of my favourite program days were our Canberra trip to Parliament House and the Langi Kal Kal visit. My experience of individual days / topics was often surprising - some of my greatest learnings came from programs that I thought were not going to be as interesting or appealing to me. Often this was a result of the way topics were explored and discussed on a deeper level within the group and the openness of our guest presenters. Within my Syndicate, my experience was overwhelmingly positive. Made up of a mix of behaviour profile types we just seemed to fit well together and we worked productively as a team that challenged and fully supported each other. As we approach the end of the program year, my thoughts are turning to how the past 12 months will serve me and allow me to serve others in the future. I am very grateful for my LBWR 2012 experience and for the opportunity it provided to explore leadership with such a great group of people.


Angela Connor Branch Manager | People @ Work I have found the LBWR program to be a great opportunity to connect and increase my awareness of the broader issues and challenges for the Ballarat and surrounding regions. The opportunity to come together with like-minded individuals outside of my workplace, has exposed me to different opinions and the different experiences of individuals. I now have a broader understanding and perspective of the diversity and complexity of community challenges and the importance of collaborative leadership.

Andrew Eales Editor | The Courier Being part of this year's program broadened my view on the many challenges facing the region. Understanding these issues and discussing them in the leadership environment makes you think that real positive change is possible. I think the program gives you a great sense of why it’s important to be an active member of your community.

What is a great journey? A great journey by my definition is one which challenges your thoughts and ideals and forces you to examine the world with a critical and reflective perspective. A great journey leaves you with memorable experiences which have enhanced your life and those around you and provides you with the skills, aspiration and knowledge to achieve great things in the world. A great journey gives you vision and clarity and exposes you to diversity, ethical challenges, financial hardship and strategies to tackle the hard issues. A great journey allows you to practise many varied skills and attributes you never thought you had. A great journey teaches you empathy, respect and strength you never thought you had. I had had an exceptional journey with LBWR 2012 and will never forget it.

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My year with LBWR has given me a huge insight into the community I call home.

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Dr Nina Fotinatos Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) Lecturer / Researcher | University of Ballarat

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Participant Reflections Leeanne Greenwood Quality Assurance Practice Advisor | Lisa Lodge This year has offered many new experiences and has allowed me to develop a deeper awareness of the complex needs and issues the community faces along with ways I can better influence and lead. I found it a valuable experience which has directly influenced my professional work approach, expanded my leadership tools and challenged me to engage in my wider community in the near future. Over the year I have thoroughly enjoyed the guest speakers, session reflections and, most of all, the Canberra trip. I found the participants of the 2012 program to be a motivated and engaged group, willing to exchange ideas, consult with one another and always provide honest and respectful feedback. The 2012 LBWR program has definitely broadened my insight into community issues and highlighted many opportunities that I am passionate about. I hope to become involved and make a difference in my home town as well as continue to build upon the friendships and connections made this year. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Lisa Lodge for initially sponsoring me, Berry Street for their continued support and LBWR for organising such a worthwhile program.

Michelle Harper Acting Project Manager | Ballarat Health Services The 2012 Leadership Ballarat & Western Region program was an enriching experience and has provided me with opportunities that I might never otherwise have been exposed to in the course of my career. This program offered an experiential learning experience that was challenging, rewarding and prosperous. Over the course of the year this program gave me the opportunity to participate and engage in a range of activities that fostered both professional and personal growth. The program helped to develop skills, explore leadership styles and practices and build confidence. I believe that through participation in the program will allow me to work more effectively in my role at Ballarat Health Services. I have gained insights into a range of social issues, developed practical leadership skills and learned from guest speakers who shared very open, honest thoughts and experiences. I feel privileged to have been a part of this unique initiative. I have valued my time with the LBWR program and the opportunity to form a network of support with other emerging leaders from within the local region.

Barry Kay Interpretive Theatre Development Manager | Sovereign Hill The leadership program has been an invaluable opportunity for me to learn more about myself and my community, and ways in which I can do more to improve both. It has been a rewarding learning experience.

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Marnie Kerridge Teacher of the Deaf | Forest Street Primary School

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How does one sum up a fantastic year of professional and personal learning? Participating in the Leadership Ballarat & Western Region was easily one of the best decisions I have ever made. When I began, I had specific views on various issues. I had an opinion about water conservation, law and punishment, business management, social welfare issues, youth engagement and education, to name a few. The challenge was for me to re-evaluate my opinions, to weigh up contrasting views and evidence, and to realise that sometimes not everything it as clear-cut as it seems. It also made me question how and where I get my information from to formulate such views. Listening, debating, consulting and talking are definitely important keys in leading to better choices for people in the community. I came to this course hoping to expand my skills as a deaf person and to validate my leadership in the mainstream and deaf communities. I hoped to educate and remind people of the importance of inclusion, equality and respect. I also came to find out how the rest of the community truly valued minority groups and to show their importance and value. It has been a wonderful journey and I am truly excited by my personal and professional growth. The possibilities and ideas that have stemmed from this year’s involvement will ensure exciting times ahead. I look forward to leading community change and making our society even more inclusive. LBWR – thanks for making my involvement and inclusion possible and for allowing me to grow.

I look forward to leading community change and making our community even more inclusive.


Larelle Kuczer Social Worker The LBWR experience will be a tough one to beat! LBWR has provided amazing exposure to people, places, ideas and understandings I wouldn't have otherwise. I feel much richer for the experience and I have a much stronger picture of our region and its strengths and challenges. I have developed a connection with a bunch of incredible like-minded people, many of whom I may not otherwise have had exposure to! Similarly the opportunity to learn from an amazing learning partner is unbeatable and the Canberra experience has awakened me to so much more regarding leadership and decision making. Thanks to Sofia, Julie, Alana and Committee for Ballarat. All that's left now is to give a little back!

Beth Lamont President | Ballarat Toy Library Honour and privilege are what comes to mind when reflecting on LBWR 2012. To be part of such an amazing group of people is an honour, and to have had the experiences that we now share is a privilege. I have gained so much through this program, in self-development, in learning for the good of my organisation and in knowledge of the region and the issues affecting it. The connections and networks we are forming are a particularly fantastic element of this program. It has been a wonderful way to connect with Ballarat as a town/region and to a community where we can really make a difference. I hope to continue giving back to the community in my future endeavours, and will, I’m sure, always value the knowledge, wisdom and connections gained through this program. Many thanks to all involved.

Andrew McManus Operations Manager | Mars Chocolate Australia The Leadership program has taught me that Ballarat is a fantastic place to live. I have met so many wonderful people throughout this year both in and out of the program. My reflection is that, as a community too much is being left to an ever decreasing number. Personally I feel like I am so focussed on my career that I am not participating at all in a community role and this is something I would like to focus on and change.

Bobby Mehta Pharmacy Manager | UFS Dispensaries What a fantastic, often absorbing and always intriguing year of discovery! I have learnt not only about the region where I live but I’ve also learnt so much about myself, others and what it takes to become a real leader and to inspire meaningful change. The program is delivered in an easily digestible, all inclusive, thought-provoking manner. I feel enriched and empowered and feel I have learnt so, so much.

The leadership program has opened my eyes to not only the challenges that face our community but also to some of the great work and projects that are in progress in our community. It has inspired me to become a more involved community member, to be more open-minded regarding community issues and to make contact with other aspiring leaders. Meeting the other program participants has allowed me to make some new friendships with like-minded people and has enabled me to see leadership in other areas outside of my own work and social contacts. I have loved every program day and would recommend this program to anyone.

Tim Owen Finance Manager | Moorabool Shire Council Throughout the year we heard from so many inspiring people and were exposed to so many great things that are being done every day in our community. The most compelling observation for me was simply the passion of the people who presented to the group. It was so obvious that they truly cared about and believed in what they were doing. The other key messages that I learnt through the year is that one person can make a difference and that our community would be a better place if people simply took action. It sounds straightforward. However, what I have learnt is that people get caught up in their own worlds and are oblivious to what is happening all around them in their own community. I have certainly been guilty of this. The LBWR program has shown me so much, and that has helped me identify areas of interest where I think I can make a difference to people’s lives. It has also helped me find a passion that has me excited about the future. The program has genuinely inspired and motivated me to find my place as a leader within my community. I do not see myself as a public leader. However, I do see myself holding a position on a board of an organisation that I truly believe in. I will also continue to quietly assist causes that I believe in.

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Simone Noelker Physiotherapist | Ballarat Health Services

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Participant Reflections Jodie Perry Senior Accountant | McCain Foods (Aust) Pty Ltd The 2012 leadership program has been an amazing experience which has challenged my thinking in relation to both leadership and the wider community. Surrounded by a supportive and fantastic group of participants we gained years of experience from hearing the stories, challenges and advice of the many great leaders who are part of our community today. While I have been a contributor in my community for many years the program has lead me to think about how I can be more efficient and effective in contributing my time. The passion shown by all of the leaders who spoke with us inspired me to find those things I am truly passionate about and to become involved. It was also really nice to be reminded that community is simple; it all comes down to what “you” do. “You” are really the only person who can make a difference to what happens in our community today and into the future. I thank my employer McCain Foods for giving me the opportunity to be part of this experience as it has given me the confidence to continue to pursue leadership opportunities. I have learnt many lessons about leadership but the one that clearly sticks in my mind is to lead by example. To me this means you roll up your sleeves and get involved in the real work, you only display behaviour you expect of your team and you communicate relentlessly. Thanks LBWR for a thoroughly enriching experience and I look forward to continuing to network long into the future.

Jo Powell Accountant Participation in the LBWR Program in 2012 has presented a wonderful opportunity with exposure to information about such a wide variety of issues, organisations and people throughout the year. I am grateful for the honesty and passion of those that have taken the time and trouble to speak to our group and for the commitment and dedication shown by my LBWR 2012 colleagues and indeed all involved in the organisation and delivery of the program.

Norman Prueter Beaufort Community Resource Centre & Library Services Co-Coordinator | Pyrenees Shire Council When I started the leadership program, I was very happy with who I was and my personal achievements. What I was missing was a connection to my local community. The leadership program is one of the best things that has happened to me since my arrival in Australia. The main reason for this is the participants I was able to share this experience with. From the start to the end there was such a positive vibe within the group with a lot of openness and a willingness to learn new things and hear different point of views. I also highly value that there was no pre-judgmental behaviour. I loved every minute of spending time with my Learning Partner Garry Davis and listening to Kraig Grime from Leading Teams at our planning days. I enjoyed being exposed to so many different guest speakers who I would otherwise not have been able to meet and listen to. The program has certainly widened my horizon. It was interesting to see that so many positive things are happening in our region that I have not been aware of. It was also very encouraging to see so many committed and passionate community members contributing to the community they are living in. Personally I have used this experience to redefine my own set of values, what is important to me and what I want to stand for. I feel stronger and more part of the community.

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Jodie Rykers Project Coordinator | KidsMatter Primary

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Participation in the LBWR program has been a privilege and has enabled me to develop myself further as a leader and gain an awareness of the challenges and opportunities for our region. Throughout this past year I have engaged and interacted with local and national leaders. This has enabled me to critically reflect on my own abilities as a leader as well as broaden my understanding of the many different roles leaders can play. Whether you are the CEO of a major company, a member of a grassroots local committee or a community member supporting others, you are a leader and can make a difference. Through collaboration we as a community can together, in our own way, plan and work to create a bright future for all of us. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Gandhi


Sean Simpson Area Manager | Elders Rural Services Being part of LBWR during 2012 has given me a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of our community and the challenges that face the people within it. The exposure to not-for-profit organisations, small business, large-scale familyowned businesses, corporates and government departments gave us enormous insight and the advice and experiences we gained were invaluable. A real benefit of the LBWR program was the mix of both community awareness and quality leadership training. Events such as the evening with Father Bob Maguire were enlightening. This evening and many others touched on the responsibility we have for those who are less fortunate. With this deeper level of understanding we can now go forward and hopefully have some impact on helping to make positive changes to our community.

Christopher Stevens IT Manager –| Haymes Paint My initial motivation for participating in LBWR was to assist in my personal development and, while the year has enabled me to do this, it has been the engagement with other participants and the community that has had the greatest impact. This has enabled me to gain a better understand of the workings of our community and has shown me that individuals can make a difference, as there are some amazing individuals in our community doing great work that is making a difference. This has caused me to question my beliefs and has highlighted the need to always question to influence positive decision making. The program has instilled in me a desire to be involved in the wider community and I am now looking to nominate for council in the next council elections in four years’ time once my children are more independent.

Dawn Tschujasehenko Coordinator Community Engagement | Moorabool Shire Council I am privileged to have been a participant of the 2012 LBWR Leadership Program. The program has made me more aware of the key issues and challenges facing our region and has empowered me to seek out opportunities to contribute to the community to achieve positive social, economic and environmental change. The opportunity to connect, learn from and build lasting relationships with fellow participants has been a highlight. Despite a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds, bonds have been created within the group that are likely to last a lifetime. We have all shared our stories and experienced some exciting times and some challenging times. We’ve laughed, cried, debated and contemplated. I feel fortunate to have met such amazing, community-minded people with such rich backgrounds and life experiences.

Janelle Ryan Communications Director | The Little PR Company

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The Leadership Ballarat & Western Region program is not only an opportunity to explore the mechanics of a community, but also a journey of self-exploration and education. It really is the perfect social experiment and gave me the chance to develop a personal understanding of what my community means to me, to learn the importance of understanding/respecting difference and to develop knowledge about how I can contribute to make a positive impact. After spending the year with a group of extremely diverse individuals, I take away a new view of what makes a 'leader'. Every single one of the participants brought something of extreme value to the program. I feel privileged to have been able to work closely alongside them and I am confident in Ballarat's future.

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Shape the Future

Leaders in Action (LIA) members are graduates of the Leaders Forum program who are committed to shaping the future of our regional communities by volunteering their services. LIA members: ■

Collaborate with alumni, agencies and community groups to form networks.

Lead by inspiring participation and connectedness within the community.

Engage in community initiatives that strengthen our communities.

Contribute creative and informed thinking to help find solutions that support a sustainable future.

Volunteer advice and contribute to making a positive dirrerence.

LIA is made up of graduates from the LBWR leadership program who volunteer their professional services to a community skills bank forming a highly skilled and committed community skills bank.

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Leadership program graduates volunteer, collaborate, contribute, e, engage, ommunities. empower and deliver to make a positive difference within their communities. -bono In 2012 LIA is contributing an annual value of $2.2 million in pro-bono assistance back to the local community.

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You can contribute: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Engage in a project team, providing advice or information Join a board Facilitate professional development or a workshop Mentor a group or individual Contribute to a focus group, fundraising or an event or volunteer as a guest speaker

Stay connected to LBWR: ■ ■ ■ ■

Visit the LIA section on our website Attend Skills Bank PD opportunities Keep in contact with us and update your contact information n Become a member of Committee for Ballarat


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Nadia Attar-Bashi Jo Curkpatrick Wayne Gason Sam Gent Mona Hatwal Ashley Heenan Bianca Jones

Rhonda Lowe Sarah Lum Matthew Lyttle Simon Manterfield Peter McConvill Mark Powell James Riggs

Steve Roberts Peter Rutley Frances Salenga Robyn Salt Anthony Schreenan Nicole Sexton Jude Sobey

Daniel Sutton Nathan Thorp Tim Waller Chris Waters Annie Young Igor Zovko

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Shane Armstrong Jane Barclay Denielle Beardmore Andrew Brisbane Olivia Brown Sheree Collins Brett Davis Serena Eldridge

Pauline Fay Karin Franck Katherine Gillespie Lynette Heenan Anita Holdsworth Geoff Johnson Wayne Jones Kylie Lang

Sheree Lowe Jed Manley Jade Morrison David Moyle Judy-Ann Quilliam Mel Razmjoo Ben Reeve Adam Rogers

Mark Simpson Gabby Spiller Greg Stewart Gavin Svanosio Mark Thornton Charles Zhang

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Chev Chevalier Angela Clough Karl Curran Glenn Drew Karen Eaton Ewen Fletcher Sue Flockhart

Carmel Flynn Andrew Henwood Mick Hynes Cassie Lindsay Heather McBean Adam McSwain Shannon Meadows

Chris Moors Lydia Mzondo Sean O'Keeffe Jarrod Page Krys Pekin Melissa Polkinghorne Maria Rice

Paul Wallace Andrew Wallace Leanne Wilson

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Jodi Barclay Rachel Browning Andrew Burgess Nicole Cassells Matt Chapman Bronwen Clarke Luke Cooper

Matthew Dawson Brett Edgington Debbie Fankhauser Todd Fletcher Bernie Fradd Amanda Kay Lauren Mann

Chris Martin Genevieve Martin Rachaele May Sharine Shaw Stuart McKee Katie Morris Kurtis Noyce

Catherine Riddoch Paul Rogan Lu Scott Maree StevensonChamings Chris Wright

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Tavis Baker Peter Boadle Gayle Boschert Ben Brown Vikki Chaffey Kate DiamondKeith

Troy Everett Peter Forbes Belinda Fyffe Kerri Gordon Douglas Gowans Narelle Hibberd Chris Hutton

John King Karen McCraw Jennifer McPherson-Berry Andrew Nuske Tony Redmond Caius Ryan Arti Shaw

Claire Stafford Robyn Stevens Michelle Symes Kath Venters Tracey Wilson

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Natalie Abbott Carolyn Barrie Olivia Bates Tamara Boyd Ange Carey Colin Dorn Karen Doyle

Luke Dunne Jenny Fitzgerald Robert Gibson Scott Abrade Naomi Irvin Liz Leorke Kym Ludbrook

Tennille McLauchlan Luke Mullane Paul Murphy Travis Polkinghorne Tania Rigby John Ruyg Michael Smith

Mark Spenceley Matt Stevens Marietta Thompson Adam Wiseman

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Roll Call 2006 - 11

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Leadership Ballarat & Western Region Yearbook 2012

A Year in Review

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