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MEDIA RELEASE - Young bulldogs graduate

19 September 2018

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project welcomed 15 new graduates to the Glenelg Shire alumni last night, celebrating the region’s fifth graduating class to the program focused on supporting young emerging leaders.

The popular program inducted teenagers from Narrawong, Portland, Heywood, Drumborg, Dartmoor, Casterton and Clovers Flat and culminated with an official reflection of the participants’ achievements over the past six months, including individual Community Leadership Projects.

This year participants tackled issues such as positive mental health messaging, youth drug use, breast and testicular cancer, family violence, positive self-image and youth sports participation, aiming to create change and make a positive influence.

Western Bulldogs Leadership Project graduate Maisie Sheahan said the project had been ‘life changing’.

“Over the past six months we have come together as what was a group of strangers to become one united team. I’ve developed friendships that will last a lifetime and I’ve developed leadership skills I never knew I had,” she said.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said this year’s cohort was particularly notable, with equal representation in terms of gender equity.

“This year’s group saw an equal balance of both male and female participants, a fantastic positive message for these emerging leaders to impart upon the next generation and reinforces council’s ongoing commitment to gender equity,” she said.

“Furthermore, all corners of the shire were represented in the program, with young leaders hailing from our smaller townships such as Narrawong, Dartmoor, Drumborg and Clovers Flat.

“On behalf of council, I am incredibly proud of what this group has achieved in such a short amount of time. Throughout the six month mentorship program participants have learnt important leadership skills, heard from respected leaders and have organised events and programs to inspire change in our community.

“I encourage every graduate to continue engaging with our local community, as we look to them as the next generation of local leaders.”

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project is delivered by the Western Bulldogs Football Club Community Foundation in partnership with the Glenelg Shire Council.

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