FAIR­LEY LEAD­ER­SHIP GRAD­U­ATES RECOG­NISED

TWENTY-FIVE FAIR­LEY LEAD­ER­SHIP PRO­GRAM GRAD­U­ATES CEL­E­BRATED

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Laura Briggs

Com­mu­nity mem­bers have joined in cel­e­bra­tion and recog­ni­tion of this year’s Fair­ley Lead­er­ship Pro­gram grad­u­ates.

A din­ner at the GV Ho­tel in Shep­par­ton on Thurs­day had 130 peo­ple come to­gether to sup­port the 25 grad­u­ates.

Guests heard from speak­ers, in­clud­ing some of the grad­u­ates and spe­cial guest speaker Monga Mukasa, while en­joy­ing a meal.

Pro­gram fa­cil­i­ta­tor Fiona Smole­naars an­nounced the grad­u­ates, speak­ing about a spe­cific project they had cho­sen to com­plete as part of the pro­gram.

‘‘Fair­ley is about un­der­stand­ing the strate­gic is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties of the Goul­burn Val­ley re­gion, build­ing net­works wider than your ex­ist­ing sit­u­a­tion and un­der­stand­ing your­self as a leader,’’ she said.

‘‘So to put this all in con­text, we en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to un­der­take a project in the year to ei­ther be de­liv­ered dur­ing the year or shortly af­ter.’’

The 25 projects cov­ered a wide range of is­sues from en­gag­ing peo­ple in ac­tive life­styles and help­ing oth­ers in var­i­ous life as­pects, to de­vel­op­ing com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and run­ning var­i­ous pro­grams and fundrais­ing events.

Ms Smole­naars was pleased to see the lead­ers progress dur­ing the pro­gram.

‘‘I can’t wait to see how they shine and their con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity in com­ing years,’’ she said.

Fair­ley Lead­er­ship Pro­gram chief ex­ec­u­tive Michelle Lus­combe con­grat­u­lated the grad­u­ates and en­cour­aged them in the fu­ture en­deav­ours.

‘‘It gives me great com­fort to know that they are our fu­ture lead­ers,’’ Ms Lus­combe said.

Also there to of­fer con­grat­u­la­tions and share his story was Monga Mukasa.

Ms Smole­naars said with one in three peo­ple in the Shep­par­ton re­gion younger than 24, it was only fit­ting to have a young per­son — who shared the same pas­sion for the com­mu­nity — to speak at the event.

JUST RE­MEM­BER THAT SOME­BODY ONCE BE­LIEVED IN YOU AND SUP­PORTED YOU TO BE THE PER­SON YOU ARE HERE TO­DAY, THERE­FORE I ASK THAT YOU ALSO BE­LIEVE IN SOME­ONE, ES­PE­CIALLY OUR YOUNG PEO­PLE IN THE GREATER SHEP­PAR­TON AREA THAT NEED SOME­BODY TO BE­LIEVE IN THEM. — MONGA MUKASA

Mr Mukasa, 22, shared a glimpse of his life while in­cor­po­rat­ing a strong fo­cus on the young peo­ple of the Goul­burn Val­ley and how the grad­u­ates could play a ma­jor role in build­ing a bet­ter fu­ture for young ones in the area.

‘‘Is­sues af­fect­ing young peo­ple are be­com­ing more and more com­plex to tackle, but I strongly be­lieve that as a com­mu­nity we achieve solv­ing these com­plex is­sues by first giv­ing the young peo­ple a voice and se­cond walk in sol­i­dar­ity with them,’’ he said.

‘‘To my dear Fair­ley Lead­er­ship Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants of 2018; as you grad­u­ate here tonight, I en­cour­age you to go forth into the wider com­mu­nity us­ing your knowl­edge, gifts and tal­ents in ser­vice to oth­ers while bring­ing pos­i­tive change.

‘‘Just re­mem­ber that some­body once be­lieved in you and sup­ported you to be the per­son you are here to­day, there­fore I ask that you also be­lieve in some­one, es­pe­cially our young peo­ple in the Greater Shep­par­ton area that need some­body to be­lieve in them.

‘‘Be­cause when you be­lieve in them, they will flour­ish and be­come sig­nif­i­cant as­sets in com­mu­nity.’’

The night fin­ished with a sum­mary of the year’s pro­gram by grad­u­ates Jes­sica Daniel and Zane Foott. ● For more Rod­ney Braith­waite pic­tures of Thurs­day’s Fair­ley Grad­u­a­tion din­ner, see our Around Town sec­tion next week.

Guest speaker: Monga Mukasa spoke at the Fair­ley Lead­er­ship Pro­gram grad­u­a­tion night on Thurs­day.

Pic­tures: Rod­ney Braith­waite

Grad­u­a­tion: Fair­ley Lead­er­ship pro­gram grad­u­ates for this year were joined by fam­ily, friends and com­mu­nity mem­bers on Thurs­day.

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