The 2017 Fairley Leadership Program was launched last week in Shepparton by Greater Shepparton City Council’s Deputy Mayor Kim O’Keeffe in front of a packed function room at the Eastbank Centre.
Cr O’Keeffe addressed the gathering made up of this year’s participants, special guests, the Fairley Leadership alumni and the sponsors and supporters of the program.
This year’s intake includes Moira Shire Council’s finance manager Simon Rennie and Cactus Country’s John Hall.
‘‘The success of the Fairley Leadership Program in already producing 525 graduates, who are contributing positively to the Goulburn Murray Region, is due largely from the support the program receives from the Goulburn Murray community,’’ program facilitator Anthony Brophy said.
‘‘We are delighted the Greater Shepparton City Council kindly hosted this year’s Fairley Leadership Program launch, which introduced the participants from across the Murray Goulburn catchment, which included some from Cobram, Echuca, Tatura, Kyabram and Violet Town.
‘‘Those accepted into this year’s program bring with them rich community leadership experiences and diversity and a willingness to explore new and develop their own personal leadership style.’’
In its 21st year, the program welcomed 29 participants, the most accepted in 14 years.
‘‘For over 20 years the Fairley Leadership Program has been developing community leaders to be catalysts for positive change in the region,’’ Mr Brophy said.
‘‘The 2017 Fairley Leadership Program will include a launch, an opening and closing retreat, 15 regional issue-themed seminar days and study tours to Canberra and Melbourne.
‘‘The new cohort will experience a wide range of speakers that will inspire and challenge the group. ‘‘It is a marvellous opportunity to listen to and engage with the people who have shaped our community and who are certainly profound in their different styles of leadership. We wish the 2017 Fairley Leadership Program participants every success as they embark on what promises to be an exciting year ahead for them.’’