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Community Leadership Champion Extends Her Reach

16 Apr 2020

Committee for Ballarat wishes Michelle Whyte, Executive Officer of Leadership Ballarat & Western Region (LBWR), every success as she moves on to a community development role in the Western Region.

Since November 2017 Michelle has led the organisation, which sits within the Committee for Ballarat, as a mechanism to populate the region with forward-thinking leaders.

Under her leadership, the excellent reputation of LBWR has been enhanced. In addition to her development and facilitation of the program, Michelle has engaged with a broad spectrum of stakeholders to ensure that LBWR is relevant to their needs and able to respond to the needs of the community.

Michelle has achieved much during her tenure, notably:

• Increased program applications to a level which outweighs places available
• Diversified the representation of age, gender, industry and race
• Instituted a new scholarship with Gforce Employment Solutions, helping to develop young leaders in the region
• Brought the best of international community leadership expertise through a partnership with the Kansas Leadership Centre and Professor Marty Linsky
• Worked across stakeholders to deliver a community art project in Moorabool – a gift that keeps on giving
• Integrating teaching methods from Harvard (Case-in-point) and Stanford (Peer Case Challenges) allowing participants to practice their leadership abilities
• Raising the profile of the importance and strength of community and that one person can make a difference and no one is powerless. A shared responsibility

Committee for Ballarat Board, and the Leadership Ballarat and Western Region Committee, sincerely thank Michelle for her service and commitment to LBWR and our community.

Michelle has been an indefatigable advocate for the program and an asset that we will miss. That said, we are thrilled to know that her knowledge and expertise can be deployed elsewhere in the region for the betterment of the common good.

We are in the process of re-setting the program in response to the current challenges imposed by COVID-19. The program will continue to focus on providing transformative leadership and growth in the three key areas:

• Community awareness
• Personal development
• Leadership experiences.

For 15 years LBWR has delivered the community leadership program and in 2020, we will be doing the same.