Emerging Leaders bringing fresh ideas for their communities


The fourth Emerging Community Leaders program kicked off north of Launceston this week on the banks of the Tamar River.

The program has been developed by the Tasmanian Community Fund to improve leadership skills in the community sector, particularly in rural and regional areas.

Tasmanian Community Fund chair, Sally Darke said that the length and breadth of the state is being represented with participants from Sister’s Hills, Fern Tree, St Helen’s and Nubeena to name but a few.

“The reputation of the program is growing in the community sector and we have participants from sporting clubs, neighbourhood houses and arts groups as well as social services and volunteer groups,” Ms Darke said.

“This year’s program brings together 24 of the next generation of leaders in Tasmania’s community sector and equips them to positively contribute as a leader in this sector, with a focus on increasing their skills in governance, finance, leadership, management, communication, and project management.”

Launceston based participant, Lynnette Kerrison from Cornerstone Youth Services’ Headspace chose to participate after seeing a colleague take part in last year’s program.

“A work colleague did it last year and I saw her grow and change as a consequence of being part of the program, as someone who likes to improve and gain news skills, I was very keen to take part,” Ms Kerrison said.

The finance and business manager has worked in the community sector in Launceston for over 24 years and is looking forward to learn from other participants from different sectors around the state and apply it to her role.

Having 68 graduates over the past three years, the Tasmanian Community Fund is seeing the Emerging Community Leaders program bear fruit in local communities across the state.

“Each participant in our Emerging Community Leaders program has vision, energy and commitment to their sector and they have learnt much more about themselves and how to better shape their future as leaders in Tasmania.

“The Emerging Community Leaders program sees participants join forces in small groups to deliver projects that meet a particular need in the state.

“They go back to their communities with new skills, ideas and enthusiasm, and that translates to real projects that make a difference,” Ms Darke said.

Ms Darke said that the diverse group of participants in this years program showed that leadership comes in many guises, with participants coming from around the state and bringing a variety of different skills to the table.

“Their skills were put to great use as the participants collaborated to devise projects that will make a difference in Tasmania” Ms Darke said.

Professionals from SRA Corporate Change deliver the Emerging Community Leaders program in conjunction with the TCF across the state, which is structured around four residentials (ten days in total).

“Participants in the Emerging Community Leaders program already make a difference for the long-term benefit of their local communities and I look forward to see what this year’s group deliver with the new skills they learn,” Ms Darke said.

The Emerging Community Leaders program was developed after the board and staff of the TCF regularly received feedback from the community that there are concerns about where the next generation of leaders is coming from.

Registrations for the 2021 program are now open