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Congratulations 2022 Community Leadership Program graduates!

2022 Community Leadership Program graduates

Having completed ten  workshops over five months, Casey’s 2022 Community Leadership Program (CLP) participants graduated on Tuesday 25 October with a celebration ceremony held at Bunjil Place.  

First launched in 2021, the annual program provides free training for new, emerging and existing community leaders in Casey who want to build their leadership skills, learn about community engagement and local government, and make a difference in their community. 

The event was attended by City of Casey Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM, Administrator Miguel Belmar and CEO Glenn Patterson who extended their congratulations to the graduating participants. 
“It is very  exciting to see another group graduate from the Community Leadership Program. We recognise the contribution that these dedicated  community leaders make, and value the great insight and understanding they are able provide about the broader Casey community as members of the program’s alumni group,” Ms Duff said. 

Participants also had an opportunity to share their own reflections on the program and the new skills and connection it has helped them to develop. 
Many participants expressed how the program had not only increased their confidence and self- belief, but also expanded their networks and connected them to their communities and Council.  
“This program has benefited us by helping us to be stronger leaders, the program has guided us to develop skills that are essential for working with all members of the Casey community in an inclusive, sensitive and understanding manner,.” Ms Sawsan Eido. 
“The program allowed me to enhance my networking and advocacy skills, ” Mr Calvin D’Vaz. 

”I learned so much about local council and the programs available to support citizens,” Ms Sabrina Li. 

 “I am determined to give back to the City of Casey and our community what they have invested in me,” Ms Marita Wilson. 

Having gained new skills, knowledge and confidence, the graduates now join the CLP Alumni Group alongside the 2021 CLP graduates. 

The participants will continue developing and implementing the community projects they worked on during the program including: 

  • Online safety sessions for children and parents 
  • Development of a new cricket program for girls and young women 
  • Environmental and sustainability projects  
  • Family violence awareness sessions for women who have recently moved to Casey  
  • Multicultural events. 

The CLP program not only benefits individuals, but also strengthens community-led networks and local democracy, which benefits Casey’s community as a whole. 

Expressions of Interest for the 2023 Community Leadership Program will open in February 2023. Visit Council’s website or subscribe to the Casey Catch Up for updates.  

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