Emerging as a community leader

RACHAEL French, of Geilston Bay, has undergone a year of discovery after participating in the inaugural Emerging Community Leaders program.

Ms French is one of 24 passionate Tasmanians to take part in the leadership and development program, which is run by the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF).

Ms French said she relished the opportunity to improve as a manager and leader.

“The program has provided me the opportunity to step out of the ‘busy-ness’ of management and focus on the benefits of good leadership and what it takes to be a great leader,” she said.

“After living interstate for many years I wanted to better understand community development in Tasmania and the opportunity presented itself at a time when I was looking at how I might best contribute outside of my role as manager of the Goodwood Community Centre.”

Ms French and her fellow participants undertook four workshops over nine-days, which were held across the state.

“I have found it an invaluable networking opportunity,” Ms French said.

“Bringing together an inspiring group of like-minded, motivated, passionate and proud Tasmanians has been an amazing experience.”

The Emerging Community Leaders program gives participants the skills that will enable and empower them to make positive contributions as leaders in their community.

TCF chairwoman Sally Darke said it was designed to be practical, creative and engaging, with a particular focus on experiential learning.

“The aim is to deliver an effective leadership program that will benefit the participants, their employers or business and the greater Tasmanian community,” she said.

Applications for the 2018 program are now open.

There is no maximum age requirement for the program, but participants must be at least 18-years-of-age.

“We are hoping for a wide range of emerging Tasmanian leaders to apply for the 2018 program to best represent our state,” Ms Darke said.

“We are particularly keen to hear from rural and regionally-based Tasmanians who want to make a difference in this state.”

For more information, visit www.emergingcommunityleaders.org.

Caption: Geilston Bay local Rachael French is one of 24 Tasmanians to participate in the inaugural Emerging Community Leaders Program.