Lead­ers in train­ing

Joondalup Times - - OPINION -

THREE lo­cal stu­dents have been spend­ing the univer­sity se­mes­ter learn­ing how to be lead­ers while con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity.

Curtin Univer­sity’s John Curtin Lead­er­ship Academy aims to de­velop fu­ture lead­ers with com­mu­nity val­ues and en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit.

Madeley res­i­dent Caitlin Ford, Woodvale res­i­dent Mitchell Bruce and Kurt Charl­ton, of Heathridge, joined the group of 30 un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents se­lected for their lead­er­ship po­ten­tial and com­mit­ment to so­cial change in the com­mu­nity.

The pro­gram started with a four-day lead­er­ship camp, where they ex­plored per­sonal val­ues and learnt to work ef­fec­tively in teams.

The stu­dents then worked in teams to man­age cho­sen projects, li­ais­ing with their com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and ne­go­ti­at­ing project scopes while sup­ported by a mentor and at­tend­ing lead­er­ship work­shops.

Ms Ford is work­ing with Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis WA to cre­ate a Big Bounce aware­ness and fundrais­ing event to high­light there is never a day off from the ex­er­cise and phys­i­cal ther­apy d473565 regime for chil­dren and adults liv­ing with cys­tic fi­bro­sis.

Mr Bruce’s team is plan­ning a beach-themed event for melanomaWA to pro­mote aware­ness and the im­por­tance of early de­tec­tion of skin can­cer, with an em­pha­sis on a younger de­mo­graphic.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Mitchell Bruce and Caitlin Ford.

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