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Eastern Shore local emerges as a community leader

LAUDERDALE resident Renee Frost has been formally recognised for her contributions as a leader in the community sector as part of the Tasmanian Community Fund’s (TCF) 2019 Emerging Community Leaders (ECL) program.

Ms Frost was one of 23 participants whose achievements over the past 12 months were celebrated at an official graduation ceremony held recently.

Now in its third year, the ECL program saw participants equipped with the skills to positively contribute as a leader in their sector, with a focus on 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 four diverse projects that benefited the community.

Ms Frost, who is the Beacon Foundation student engagement team member at Bayview Secondary College, graduated as part of ‘Team GORGEous’.

The Team GORGEous project plan aims to raise awareness around Tasmanian skin cancer rates and educate the public of the importance of sun protection by installing a free sunscreen dispenser at the Cataract Gorge in Launceston.

The project will launch on 4 January 2020 as a one-month trial.

Ms Frost said the ECL program had helped her improve on a number of leadership skills such as networking, communication, finance, governance and project management.

“It has given me the opportunity to be more of a well-rounded leader, but the participants are now part of an amazing network as well,” she said.

“There’s so much diversity within this 2019 group that the potential to collaborate is the only way forward for developing in the community.”

Ms Frost encouraged anyone aspiring to be a leader within their community or sector to apply for the ECL program for 2020.

“You gain a lot of self-awareness and you develop as a person and a leader,” she said.

“You also develop new networks and the individuals you get to meet is invaluable.

“It ripples out into who you work with and how you work differently and what skills you can bring – that inspires others to do the same.”

Other 2019 ECL projects were ‘Artsposure’, ‘Take Me Too’ and ‘Books for Babies’.

Professionals from SRA Corporate Change delivered the ECL program in conjunction with the TCF across the state.

TCF chairperson Sally Darke said leadership was a vital ingredient in making positive change within the community and that the TCF was proud to be playing a part in improving the leadership skills in the Tasmanian community sector through this program.

“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 ECL 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.

Caption: Lauderdale local Renee Frost graduated as part of the Tasmanian Community Fund’s Emerging Community Leaders program.