Shepparton News

Future leaders get vital tips


- By Georgia Rossiter

Students from Greater Shepparton and around the world tuned in to the Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit to ask guest speakers questions about current issues on Friday, September 10.

A record 350 people, including students from the Goulburn Valley, joined the three-hour online summit to hear experts in diplomacy, politics and social issues speak about leadership. Some participan­ts and schools also joined from Africa and the United States.

State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed kicked off the Zoom session and spoke about being a leader in regional communitie­s.

“You need to be involved (in the community), and that starts from a very young age,” she said.

“We can change the world whether it’s local, whether it’s bigger, whether it’s huge.”

Ms Sheed was also asked about how she found leadership during Shepparton’s COVID-19 outbreak, and she spoke about organising support from the Australian Army and others outside the community.

“In Shepparton, everyone played a part,” she said.

Gallawah founder and director Tina Powney inspired a discussion about Indigenous youth living with disability and navigating the justice system after sharing her personal experience.

“It was about sharing with them (the students) that it doesn’t matter where you come from or what road you’ve walked down, if you see something wrong, make a difference,” she said.

Students also put questions to US Consul-General Kathleen Lively and federal MP Jason Wood regarding the Taliban takeover of Afghanista­n.

“We have to keep commitment on making sure we can still try to continue to help, and I know that both the United States and Australia are committed to that,” Ms Lively said.

Other speakers included ProChancel­lor of Western Sydney University Linda O’Brien, UPF Australia vice-president John Bellavance, Centre for Optimism chief optimism officer Victor Perton, La Trobe University researcher and lecturer Corina Modderman and Fortescue Industries community advisor Diana Onyonyi.

The summit was moderated by author and Initiative of Change Australia chief executive Margaret Hepworth.

 ??  ?? Learning to lead: Greater Shepparton students were part of talks about diplomacy, politics and social cohesion.
Learning to lead: Greater Shepparton students were part of talks about diplomacy, politics and social cohesion.

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