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The Journey Begins


The Opening Retreat was an opportunity for the participants to come together and get to know each other, it was the first of many days that they would spend together during their Leadership Great South Coast experience.

The Facilitator, the wonderfully energetic, vibrant and dynamic Corrinne Armour led the group on a journey of self reflection, discovery and growth as each participant was pushed to the edge of discomfort allowing them to extend on their self awareness and explore new opportunities for growth and development. Conversations were honest, upfront and fearless, and each participant was left with a mix of emotions… energised, aware, knowledgeable, connected and excited to name a few.

This was the beginning of an exciting, fulfilling and challenging year during which the participants will focus on self discovery, awareness and community, they develop networks and add to their leadership toolkit. The Program supports partcipants to challenge their perspective, beliefs, vision and hopes for the future…….we can’t wait to see what lies ahead for each of the 2020 participants.


Meet our 2020 Program Partcipants


Join us in welcoming our 2020 Particpants to their LGSC journey

  1. Billy Edis, Director, Southcoast Project Management
  2. Catherine Darkin, Advisor, Population Health and Community Wellbeing. Department of Health and Human Services
  3. Jason Van Der Heyden, Maintenance Electrician, Wannon Water
  4. Catherine Fitzgerald, Bookkeeper, Elite Cars and Trucks
    Sponsor: South West Community Foundation
  5. Craig Kelson, Financial Accountant, South West TAFE
  6. Dominic Conheady, Dairy Farmer, Self Employed
    Sponsor: Gardiner Foundation
  7. Joe Sinnott, Human Resources Advisor, Warrnambool City Council
  8. Joy Coulson, Farm Services Advisor, Saputo Dairy Australia
    Sponsor: Gardiner Foundation
  9. Kara Winderlich, Risk Management Coordinator, Southern Grampians Shire Council
  10. Emily Falla, Aboriginal Health Promotion Officer, South West Healthcare
    Sponsor: Wannon Water
  11. Jerram Wurlod- Operations Manager – Keayang Maar Vineyard, Dixie
    Sponsor: Corangamite Shire
  12. Liam Arnott, Works Supervisor – Construction, Moyne Shire Council
  13. Mandy Cohen, Complex Needs Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services
  14. Troy Lovett- Wurreker Broker, Victorian Aboriginal Education Association
    Sponsor: Leadership Great South Coast – Speakers Scolarship
  15. Michelle Badenhorst, Owner Suffoir Winery and Brewery, Macarthur
    Sponsor: Women In Agriculture
  16. Tim McPherson, Management Accountant, Wannon Water


Congratulations to our 2019 Graduates


Please join us in welcoming our 2019 Alumni:

Adam Kent, Returned Services League, Sponsor: Warrnambool City Council

Jason Eats, Yambuk and Codrington Wind Farms

Ben Fraser, Portland Observer Sponsor: Committee for Portland

Andrew Povey, Wannon Water

Brendan Donahoo, Emmanuel College Sponsor: Hugh Williamson Foundation

Anthony Dufty, Corangamite Shire

Kate Roache, Beyond the Bell

Kelly Barnes, Western Ag Sponsor: Agriculture Victoria

Ashlee Scott, Warrnambool Racing Club

Bradley Collins, Self Employed Dairy Farmer, Sponsor: Gardiner Foundation

Jan Mackenzie, Lyndoch Living

Tafadzwa Chitava, Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative Sponsor: Wannon Water

Jason Cay, Southern Grampians Shire

Nikki Edwards, Portland District Health Sponsor: South West Community Foundation

Juan Donis, Warrnambool City Council

Amy Silvester, South West TAFE

Rachael James, Westpac Bank, Sponsor: Gardiner Foundation

Sophie Baulch, Wannon Water


Actively Contributing to Our Community


11,000 families. 62,000 people. 24,000 hampers. 217,000 meals. These figures are huge. This is the impact and reach Warrnambool & District Foodshare has had over the past 6 years in our region supporting our community through a dedicated team of volunteers led by the charismatic Dedy Friebe. The story of Foodshare is one of many we were privileged to be a small part of recently in a day exploring the true value of volunteerism in our region.

Volunteerism is strong in our region. This should come as no surprise when you dig a little into the opportunities available in the Great South Coast to be a part of the community by giving your time, skills, knowledge or just lending a hand to one of the many groups listed on the Volunteer Connect website. The value volunteers bring to our region is significant.

The value in volunteering is personal too. To be part of a group, build a network, extend your skills, knowledge and leadership, make social connections and test a new career are some of the many benefits volunteering can bring. Having a personal volunteerism strategy can be an effective way to find a meaningful pathway to contribute in the community while extending your professional experience at the same time.

Witnessing the dedicated SES team of volunteers in training as they extricated a passenger from a vehicle cutting it open like a tin can was a great example of the opportunities volunteering offers to build skills and knowledge. I’m grateful we have this crack team of emergency service volunteers on hand in our region after seeing their ability to work as a team and troubleshoot on the fly and under pressure.

Hearing several personal stories on this program day of journeys and adventures through volunteerism gives the 2019 LGSC participants great food for thought in considering where to next? In a year of significant personal and professional growth it’s fitting that our last program day of the 2019 program leaves us to consider how we can continue to contribute the best of ourselves as community leaders into the future.

Brendan Donahoo, 2019 Participant

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