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ARLP Course 22 graduate in Perth

4 October 2016

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 22 graduated in Perth on 22 September at the Foundation’s Gala Dinner.

The evening commenced with an ARLP past-participant panel discussion facilitated by Leigh Radford from ABC Rural. The panel highlighted the value of the program in shaping courageous, ethical and influential leaders, and the tremendous contribution of the Foundation’s partners and sponsors.

Next, participants from Course 22 entertained with a wonderful presentation which consisted of a video, personal reflections and the symbolic gesture of handing over the paddle to Course 23.

The dinner also featured a thought provoking John Allwright Memorial Address by Glen Kelly, Chief Executive Officer at National Native Title Council. Glen shared his experiences as Chief Negotiator in the Noongar Native Title Settlement and his story was an exceptional example of leadership through adversity.

On the night, 28 participants became Fellows of the ARLP with the official graduation ceremony and the completion of Course 22.

Sam Archer from Gundagai, NSW graduated and returns home committed to imbedding values based leadership, built on trust, into his work in regional and remote Australia.

“Experiential learning is a powerful and challenging process to learn new ways to be a better leader,” said Sam.

Regina Turner from Hammond Island in the Torres Strait believes the program has given her tools to be a better leader.

“ARLP has awakened and strengthened the leader within and given me the tools to make positive change in my community,” said Regina.

In addition, an Honorary Fellowship was awarded to Leigh Radford for his commitment to rural Australia and his contribution to the Foundation.

“It was an absolute privilege to be made an Honorary Fellow,” said Leigh.

The night demonstrated the Foundation’s commitment to outstanding rural and regional leadership.