North QLD gathering: collaboration at work
Scott Davis, Jordan Villaruz and Regina Turner, current participants on Course 22 of the ARLP, saw their vision for a regional gathering of Fellows and friends of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation come to fruition on Saturday 6 February, in Cairns.
The North Queensland event brought a group of around 20 leaders together, including ARLP alumni, Directors and partners of the Foundation. On the agenda was a sharing of leadership knowledge and exploration of avenues for collaboration. The gathering explored areas specific to North Queensland where their collective leadership experience might be put to work.
A four-member panel spoke at the event:
o Troy Haines – Founder of the SPACE
o Andrew Cripps – Member for Hinchinbrook
o Joseph Elu – TSRA Chairperson
o Tanya Brooks – Cooper founder of Handmade Cairns
The event was supported by Foundation partner, James Cook University, and special guests included JCU's Anna Blackman.
Co-organiser Scott Davis said the alumni function created a great experience for those involved.
"We have had very positive feedback from the event, and in particular the panel discussion and the opportunity for Alumni to meet with local leaders was seen as a highlight of the evening," Scott said.
"A special thanks again to JCU for supporting the evening and to Ian and Pam Crook for joining us all the way from Melbourne."
Foundation Director and Fellow, Ian Crook, said it was great to see alumni and ARLP participants coming together so productively.
"It was a pleasure to be there. Well done to your team for taking the initiative," Ian said.
Iain Gordon, Fellow of ARLP Course 13, said the event was a reminder of the power of collaboration.
"I really enjoyed meeting folks from a broad range of backgrounds who are interested in using their skills and expertise to make a difference in the north," he said.
"From small acorns great oaks grow."
There are plans underway to organise another gathering - this time in the Tiwi Islands - after Course 22 complete their final session in Perth in September.