Wide ranging community-focussed
projects were presented at today's Project Presentation Breakfast,
hosted by the Committee for Geelong (CfG) through its leadership
program, Leaders for Geelong (LfG).
Held at the Mercure Hotel in
Geelong this morning, participants of the LfG program presented the
projects they had been working on over the past 12 months, all
identifying and addressing strategic challenges and opportunities
within the wider Geelong community.
CfG Chief Executive Officer,
Rebecca Casson, said the presentations once again made it clear why
the Committee's leadership programs - including LfG - has been so
successful over the past decade.
"It was truly impressive to hear
how our participants have approached the issues they saw in their
own backyard, and devised projects to improve those situations and
deliver tangible outcomes for the community," said Ms
"From mental health and
education through to innovation and caring for our older
generations, the project outcomes shared today showcase exactly how
the LfG program is helping to transform Geelong and shaping the
future of our community."
Projects presented today
Adopt a Pop, Gain a
Granny - an intergenerational pilot program to connect
primary schools with aged care facilities, providing opportunities
for children to interact with seniors, and for seniors to share
their talents and experiences.
- an online tool connecting entrepreneurial ideas with digital
service providers, resulting in more than $30,000 worth of work
directed to Geelong digital businesses, connecting organisations
and individuals that had never been exposed to each other, creating
new relationships and income streams.
Mentor Study (GEMS) - a research project providing
recommendations to thePathways to Technology Steering Committee
around the most successful approach to mentoring for young people,
particularly in a changing labour market.
International Network (GRIN) - providing mechanisms for
business, government and social sectors to promote the Geelong
region more successfully on a national and international level.
This includes the provision of a strategic and relevant toolkit and
a network of business, government and high profile
Healthy Minds Geelong
(HMG) - an online resource connecting the community to local
service providers, providing information and guidance on how to
navigate the mental health system, sharing tools to self-manage and
allowing people to tell their stories to de-stigmatise mental
health and create a healthier Geelong community.
Roadshow - a series of events and a document that sought to
educate and inform metropolitan audiences about the abundant
opportunities to invest, work and live in Geelong.
"We are very proud of the
difference the LfG projects have made to the wellbeing of the
Geelong community over the years, and continue to do so today - be
it through economical, social or cultural change. The Committee's
LfG alumni network now has over 300 members, and is a driving force
behind a thriving Geelong," said Ms Casson.
"The presentations seen today
contribute greatly to the outcomes and achievements the CfG is
celebrating as we look back on ten highly successful years of
running leadership programs."
The CfG has developed a series
of master classes and events for the alumni of all its leaders
programs as part of the ten year celebrations, including a
celebratory event later in October 2016.
Project reports are available in
full on the Committee's website: