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