I hope that my work contributes to bringing opportunities to people in rural Australia. When I write about ARLF programs, plan marketing strategies and share stories of our participants, I think about how I can help others understand that leadership development is something for them and that they have the capacity to make a difference, regardless of who they are or what they do.
Where does your passion for rural, regional and remote Australia come from?
Ironically, my earliest memory of a passion for rural Australia comes from television. Growing up in Germany, I was always drawn to Australian TV shows. It started out with Mission Top Secret and Ocean Girl and later McLeod’s daughters. Chance has it and I ended up in rural Australia, first as a working holiday maker and then as a student and young professional. I was reminded many times that opportunities would be more plentiful in the cities. But those barriers are increasingly removed thanks to technology.
What’s your favourite memory or most memorable moment in rural, regional and remote Australia?
I will never forget visiting Purnululu National Park on Gija and Jaru Land. In particular, spending time in Echidna Chasm, I was the only one there. It was an incredibly spiritual experience to the point where I was unusually lost for words.
What’s your professional background?
Before joining the ARLF I worked as a communications professional in local government in the Central Queensland Highlands. Overall, I have more of a portfolio than a linear career, having worked in agriculture, construction, finance and media.
Three things you love about working at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation?
- The fact that my work contributes to creating opportunities for people in rural Australia.
- The people I meet and speak to. Our program participants all have a valuable story to tell and they never cease to inspire me.
- Being able to work with a fantastic team all over the country.
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