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Activate #4 - Session five blog

Thursday joyfully rolled around again and we found ourselves kindly hosted by The Gordon's East Geelong Campus. 

After getting lost in the maze of corridors and a sea of tradies, a friendly gardener assisted me with directions and I finally arrived at my destination.  Making it just on time and greeted by the always on-form Janelle Meyes, I knew it was going to be good day.

First up, Stuart Christie, Port Strategy, Risk and Development Manager at the Victorian Regional Channels Authority and alumni of Leaders for Geelong.

A self-confessed quiet and reserved introvert, he proved that great leaders come in all forms. He shared with us his tips and tricks of navigating through the rough waters of leadership and laid out an impressive plan for the Port of Geelong and beyond, with a hope to create a family friendly, entertainment & educational space combined with an economically efficient hub that Geelong can be proud of.

Second up, we had the absolute pleasure of hearing from Sarah Cunningham, Project Support for 'Northern Futures' and her introduction to their 'Bridges out of Poverty' framework. Her undeniable passion and relentless dedication was palpable and the stories of sadness and hope she shared, caused a tear to be shed by many of us. Her leadership style shone brightly, emanating strength, compassion and a fire that ignited others around her. A true born leader and an individual that I will not forget.

Lovely last was the charming, strong, well spoken, witty Rosemary White, Operations Manager at Committee for Geelong.

Aware of the cramped and stuffy situation we had found ourselves in, Rosemary abandoned her original plans and suggested some fresh air would do us good instead - a superb example of situational leadership.

Buddied up in pairs, we happily ventured outside in to the carpark of wilderness and undertook a rather entertaining task set by Rosemary (long story, you had to be there)-  which ended up with me going home later that night, calling my parents and reminiscing about my childhood memories, much to their annoyance- thank you Rosemary!

Stomachs full of cake and our innocent minds brimming with newfound knowledge, another inspiring Thursday came to an end. We parted ways better humans than we arrived and were already looking forward to Thursday rolling around once again.



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