Greater Shepparton’s Community Leadership Program has marked the graduation of 17 people at a ceremony at the Parklake hotel in Shepparton.
The program is a Greater Shepparton City Council initiative and started in April this year, with participants attending fortnightly workshops and breaking off into three groups to deliver community-focused initiatives.
The Goulburn Valley Star Weavers saw participants weave stars to raise awareness about family violence while the Many Hands for Mental Health created a community resource and the Faces of Shepparton profiled people to show the area’s diversity.
Program facilitators Suz Christison and Susan Benedyka from the Regional Development Company in Wangaratta worked together to guide participants with their group initiatives.
Ms Christison said it was great to see a diverse range of participants with all levels of experience.
‘‘It’s been wonderful to see the growth in participants in their skills, their confidence and networks,’’ she said.
‘‘The graduation was a wonderful celebration of the learning and the hard work the group had put in during the program.’’
Greater Shepparton City Council’s neighbourhoods manager Amanda Tingay said the graduation was attended by about 120 people, including participants and friends and families.
Ms Tingay said the program was a way of providing people with leadership skills at a grassroots level.
Greater Shepparton’s Community Leadership Program will be held again next year and those interested can go to the Greater Shepparton City Council Facebook page or website at www.greatershepparton. com.au