build­ing lead­ers to­mor­row’s

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - by KYLIE WILSON

FROM a ca­reer built in nurs­ing and aged care, to be­ing in­volved with the CFA and a host of com­mu­nity groups, hard work­ing Killawarra res­i­dent Emma Wil­liamson takes an ac­tive role in the com­mu­nity.

And hav­ing taken her place among the re­cent grad­u­ates of the Alpine Val­leys Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Pro­gram (AVCLP), she is keen to help build her com­mu­nity into the fu­ture.

“My lead­er­ship jour­ney hasn’t been a de­lib­er­ate plan, but tak­ing up roles that I am pas­sion­ate about as they come along,” Emma said.

Her vol­un­teer com­mit­ments – among oth­ers - have ranged from be­ing in­volved with her chil­drens’ kin­der­garten and schools, the Wan­garatta Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety, Killawarra CFA, the District 23 Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Health Mon­i­tor­ing for the CFA, and was re­cently nom­i­nated for the Show Horse Coun­cil of Vic­to­ria Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

She said the AVCLP has been an es­sen­tial part of her growth as a leader and go­ing for­ward, will help her ad­vo­cate for her com­mu­nity in the ar­eas of aged care, health, agri­cul­ture, and ed­u­ca­tion, as well as speak­ing for those “who find it hard to have a voice.”

“I feel that I am a bet­ter per­son for hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram,” Emma said.

“The most valu­able les­son is that you need to align your val­ues with what you do and en­sure you keep true to your in­tegrity.

“Com­bine what you are pas­sion­ate about with what you are good at, and you will en­cour­age peo­ple to fol­low if you com­mu­ni­cate, be hon­est and main­tain in­tegrity.”

Lisa Deke­l­ing of Wan­garatta, also part of the lat­est group to grad­u­ate from the pro­gram, is also a strong be­liever in the value of vol­un­teer­ing and be­ing part of a strong com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly af­ter her son, Eli, was born with a se­vere heart de­fect.

“To give back for the help we re­ceived with Eli and the rest of our fam­ily, my hus­band and I be­came the HeartKids re­gional co­or­di­na­tors,” she said, adding that she was also in­volved in set­ting up Parkrun in Wan­garatta and is the founder and pres­i­dent of Wan­garatta Run­ners.

En­cour­aged by her hus­band, she put in an ap­pli­ca­tion for the pro­gram and was ac­cepted with a full schol­ar­ship from the June Cana­van Foun­da­tion.

Lisa said the AVCLP has helped her in many ways.

“The AVCLP has given me the skills and knowl­edge to turn a suc­cess­ful Face­book group into a reg­is­tered not­for-profit com­mu­nity run­ning group af­fil­i­ated with Ath­let­ics Vic­to­ria.

“We are now in the process of train­ing recre­ational run­ning coaches for the com­mu­nity and we are about to host our first run­ning event “Pre­dict Your Own Fin­ish Time”,” Lisa added.

“AVCLP had also given me con­fi­dence to in­vite and host an in­ter­na­tional key­note speaker to Al­bury for a char­ity fundraiser for HeartKids.

“It was a con­tin­u­ous se­ries of light bulb mo­ments that in­creased my aware­ness about my­self, the com­mu­nity and lead­er­ship.

Lisa said she has big plans for the fu­ture.

My ul­ti­mate goal is in the cre­ation and man­age­ment of a win­ery run­ning event, much like the Marathon Du Me­doc, to raise funds for the char­ity HeartKids.

“This is al­ready a work in progress. “If I could do for HeartKids what Ci­ty2City does for the Al­bury hos­pi­tal, then I would be ex­ceed­ingly pleased!”

More peo­ple in the re­gion are be­ing en­cour­aged to get in­volved in the pro­gram.

“The Alpine Val­leys Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Pro­gram (AVCLP) ben­e­fits our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties by im­prov­ing their ca­pac­ity to recog­nise, pri­ori­tise and drive re­gional change through the drive of their lo­cal lead­ers,” said pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Kar­lie Lang­don.

“AVCLP prides it­self as be­ing a re­gional, in­ten­sive, ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing pro­gram. It is a pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment pro­gram that is both chal­leng­ing and in­spir­ing. It de­vel­ops par­tic­i­pant’s lead­er­ship skills, re­gional knowl­edge and net­works of pro­fes­sional and com­mu­nity con­tacts, in a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that is safe, sup­port­ive and en­joy­able.

“The 2018 grad­u­ates rep­re­sent a vast range of in­dus­tries from our re­gion in­clud­ing dairy, ed­u­ca­tion, me­dia, agri­cul­ture, small busi­ness, sport and health.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2018-2019 pro­gram close on June 22, 2018.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Kar­lie Lang­don at lead­ers@avclp.org.au.

IN­VOLVED: Vol­un­teer­ing with the CFA is among the many ways Killawarra res­i­dent Emma Wil­liamson, a re­cent par­tic­i­pant in the Alpine Val­leys Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Pro­gram, gives back to her com­mu­nity. PHOTO: Kylie Wilson

BIG TRIP: Mem­bers of the Alpine Val­leys Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Pro­gram re­cently vis­ited Can­berra on a study tour, where they met with lo­cal mem­ber Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) and other prom­i­nent peo­ple, in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull and Gover­nor Gen­eral Sir Peter Cos­grove AK MC.

AM­BI­TION: Lisa Deke­l­ing is an­other pas­sion­ate re­cent par­tic­i­pant in the Alpine Val­leys Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Pro­gram.

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