Leaders Graduate

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The achievements of some of Tasmania’s best and brightest leaders in the community sector over the past 12 months were celebrated at a graduation ceremony for our Emerging Community Leaders program.

After being put on hold in 2020 due to the pandemic, participants, mentors and supporters of the program gathered for a graduation ceremony at Parliament House on Thursday 4 November.

Nineteen people from across the state were included in the program and were equipped to positively contribute as a leader in their sector with a focus on increasing their skills in governance, finance, leadership, management, communication and project management.

Throughout the year, participants worked on the design, development and implementation of a community project, with the end result being diverse projects that benefitted the community.

Among those graduating this year is Tanya Greenwood, from Gray in the state’s north east, who spoke on behalf of all graduates on the day.

Ms Greenwood was part of a project titled ‘Stories on a Plate’ which used food and memories of food to better understand diversity in Tasmania.

The result of the project was a book featuring 12 Tasmanians who have come from different countries, telling their story and a recipe that reminds them of their home.

Tanya has a background in early childhood education and social work and is a Project Officer with Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House and runs a project called Building Blocks in Break ‘O Day and Dorset council areas.

Tanya said COVID ended up feeling like a bit of a bonus for her participation in the program as it gave her more time to bond with the year group.

“We were there to support each other and use the skills we learnt to help with the uncertainty of the pandemic,” Tanya said.

“I’ve done lots of training and this is the best I’ve done, I’m using the skills and my new found confidence every day in my working life.

“The ECL program gave me the confidence to apply to become a member of the Premier’s Covid Recovery Committee for the North, which I was successful in becoming a member of.”

Tony Chapman and Rikki Mawad, from the Community Leadership Institute, delivered the program in conjunction with the TCF across the state.

TCF chairperson Sally Darke said the TCF was proud to be playing a part in improving the leadership skills in the Tasmanian community sector through the Emerging Community Leaders program.

“We know leadership is a vital ingredient in making positive change and these projects are the perfect example of community leaders working with local groups to benefit and support the wider community, ,” she said.

“The diverse group of participants in this year’s program shows that leadership comes in many guises, with participants coming from around the state and bringing a variety of different skills to the table.

“Each participant had vision, energy and commitment to their sector and learnt much more about themselves and how to better shape their future as leaders in Tasmania.

“We are now receiving applications for our fourth Emerging Community Leaders program, which will commence in early 2020, where we will see new ideas, passion and relationships to grow our next leaders in the community sector.”

The Tasmanian Community Fund was established in 1999 following the sale of the Trust Bank.

An independent funding body, the Fund provides grants to community organisations that make a difference by improving social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community.