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August 29: Diversity

August 29: Diversity 

By Snjez Cosic 

What is your legacy? This was the question posed to participants of the Leadership Ballarat and Western Region program by executive officer Michelle Whyte earlier this week.

Responses were both honest and diverse, and proved how passionate, active and open-minded members of the 2018 Leadership Ballarat and Western Region program cohort are.

Some program participants plan on implementing their newly found knowledge in their workplace.

Others, meanwhile, have found new projects to channel their passion into.

During the session, Leadership Ballarat and Western Region participant Bonnie Chew led a lively and engaging cultural awareness workshop.

As a proud Wadawurrung woman, Ms Chew gave us an invaluable insight into Wadawurrung culture and highlighted the resilience and cultural richness of her community.

The Leadership Ballarat and Western Region program has opened our eyes to various issues facing the community, from education and mental health to sustainability and diversity.

All along we have been left asking, what is our role in addressing these issues?

How do we turn the new knowledge we’ve acquired into practice?

What does it mean to be an active and engaged local citizen?

These questions seem particularly relevant in light of the noticeable changes taking place in Ballarat.

This includes major demographic shifts, the growing cultural offerings provided by our creative talent, climate change solutions and addressing our city’s public transport needs.

I have also been reflecting on these questions in relation to the discussions taking place in my workplace, Gold Museum Sovereign Hill.

We have been reflecting on who we are and where we want to be as we head towards 2020.

As the Gold Museum curator, I have been thinking about my contributions to the museum’s future in shaping our purpose, enriching visitors’ experiences and representing the Ballarat community.

Given the myriad issues facing our community and the changes our city is currently undergoing, the opening question to this article seems timely.

What is your legacy?