Ararat students eager to begin leadership program

Eight young locals will take part in the Western Bulldogs Leadership Program for 2019, following a nomination process that ran through February and March.

The program – supported by Ararat Rural City Council and Central Grampians LLEN – has been running in the region for the past two years with the aim to give future leaders a chance to hone their skills and gain experience in leadership.

(Left – Right) Ebony Hannemann, Holly McAdie, Sam Cairns, Ararat Mayor Cr Peter Beales, Max Willmott, Maia Ratana, Joshua Atkinson and the Western Bulldogs’ Salim Mohamed. PHOTO: ARCC

Holly McAdie, Jack Cameron, Sam Cairns, Ebony Hannemann, Max Willmott, Maia Ratana, Marcus Graham and Joshua Atkinson have been selected for this year’s program.

Ararat College student Holly McAdie, said that she put her hand up for the program so she could have an opportunity to gain more life experience, and build confidence.

“It’s an amazing opportunity involving some really interesting things. I get really nervous talking and meeting new people so I believe it will help me with that,” McAdie said.

“I’m looking forward to gaining some news skills and confidence… the [group] seems nice and it’ll be good to see who I work well with.”

Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said the eight students were welcomed on board at an orientation evening last Thursday, and that they’ll attend their first activity on the weekend at Lady Northcote Camp in Glenmore.

“The camp begins an intensive six-month program where the young people will learn about leadership, teamwork, communication, goal setting and resilience,” Dr Harrison said.

“As part of the program, the participants will also create a project that helps tackle a social issue in their community. It will be really great to see what they come up with.”

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program in 2018

Brock Will participated in the program last year and felt that it furthered him as a person and developed his interpesonal skills.

“I feel like I personally gained more confidence around people, being able to walk up to someone and start a conversation without feeling awkward,” Will said.

Western Bulldogs Youth Development Coordinator Salim Mohamed, shared the club’s excitement to begin working with the group.

“They were a little bit shy at first, but as the program develops it will be amazing to see how they grow,” he said.

The students will participate in two camps, six workshops, and a careers expo throughout their term, as all as undertaking a community project and presentation to council in September.