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History book launch - 21 years!

History book launch - 21 years!

How do you capture 21 years in a book? While the full and fascinating history of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation is difficult to condense, we are proud to have tried, and the resulting book is a testament to the legacy the Foundation has already created in rural, regional and remote Australia.

The history book was launched on Friday, 20 September at the Healesville Community Centre, just prior to the graduation of Course 19 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

The project, authored by the Foundation's Manager of Leadership Evaluation and Development, Jennifer Andrew, was launched by Foundation Chair Wendy Craik and Bruce Gowrie-Smith, a director of Rural Industires Research and Development Corporation, the body that first conceptualised the Foundation.

Mr Gowrie-Smith drew inspiration from a trip to the United States in which he witnessed the success of the California Agriculture Program.

He said he was extremely happy to see the launch of the History Book - Building Resilience Through Leadership.

"I'm very proud of how the foundation has progressed and the standards our graduates have achieved in the real world," Mr Gowrie-Smith said.

"It's a program that really attracts achievers, not people merely dreaming of achieving," he said.

Mr Gowrie Smith said that when the Foundation was established, he and its founders had a vision, and certainly a strong hope that it would continue strongly for 21 years - and beyond.

"Usually in a research project, you have to have a vision for five years, and any program needs outcomes for the foreseeable future, but this has given back for much longer.

"That's very much the result of a good executive board as well," he said.

"Also, given the Foundation is affected by the same elements that affect most rural and regional industries - like droughts and hard economic times - we've needed our fellows in their arguing to keep it going. It's still needed."

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