Learning to lead
Wanaka woman Emily Wilson describes the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards as an ‘‘empowering’’ experience.
The 26-year-old is one of 24 young people taking part in the awards experience run by the Alexandra Rotary Club.
The mix of 18 to 26-year-olds from South Canterbury, Otago and Southland stayed at the Dunstan High School hostel from Monday to Friday last week.
The group experienced a range of physical, mental and emotional challenges all aimed at inspiring them to become better leaders.
They visited local businesses, listened to various guest speakers, including Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan, and participated in a variety of physical activities.
Wilson, who works in several capacities with Wanaka children, said the experience had positively impacted her communication skills and her confidence.
She hoped to use those skills to benefit her community.
Rotary Club of Alexandra coordinator Barry Bemrose said Rotary was fortunate to be able sponsor and fund the initiative.
It was an incredible amount of work to organise but was ‘‘a marvellous thing’’ to see young people benefit from it. ‘‘The idea is to see successful people and to see how they succeeded in life.’’
He said this year’s group of young people were ‘‘just phenomenal’’ and fortunate to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
A view over the Quartz Reef Vineyard at Bendigo near Cromwell.