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A LOCALLY developed community leadership
program, now in its 15th year, takes managers
and assists them to become leaders.
The Alpine Valleys Community Leadership
Program (AVCLP) was initiated in 1998
when it was identified that developing leaders
was crucial to the future of local regional
The 14th group completed the course in May,
taking the total number of graduates to 300.
"The emphasis of the program is on community
leadership, it's not a management program,"
said AVCLP executive officer, Kim Scanlon.
"When organisations recruit managers that
are also good leaders, they thrive," she
explained. "We encourage business managers
and those volunteer managers of community
organisations to develop their leadership
skills for both the benefit of themselves, their
business or organisation and for the community
in which they live work and play."
Up to 24 participants are accepted for each
program and they undertake the ten month
program from July through to the following
May, comprising two days per month along
with three weekend retreats.
Participants are drawn from a region that
runs from Mansfield and Benalla in the west,
through to Corryong in the east and covers all
the valleys in between, including the Border
The diverse range of participants represents
a range of professions, community
representation and ages (anyone over 21
years of age through to their 60s is eligible
"The successful applicants will demonstrate a
track record of community participation and
a willingness to contribute further to their
community after graduation," Ms Scanlon
The AVCLP involves meeting, interacting
and working with the region's finest leaders as
well as examining the issues impacting on the
region and identifying the opportunities for
positive change. Program days also examine
'best practice' in a number of themes.
The culmination of the program includes a
three-day visit to Melbourne to meet high
profile leaders that are usually inaccessible to
people living in regional and rural areas.
"Participants will have developed a range of
leadership skills and leave the program with
an extensive knowledge of the issues that
confront their region," Ms Scanlon said.
"They also become a member of a valuable
network they can call on for support."
Visit www.avclp.org.au for more information.
Community looks within for leaders
Graduates of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program reach new heights.
LEAD THE WAY
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