In its simplest form, Leadership Ballarat & Western Region (LBWR) is a 10-month leadership program open to participants across all industry areas.
It results in a Skills Bank of graduates who volunteer in the community in various ways, such as being on a board or committee, undertaking a project, fundraising or advocating for the future of our region through social and economic growth and development.
An initiative of Committee for Ballarat, the aim of LBWR since its inception in 2005 has been to ensure the development of leaders who can be responsive to the needs of our community. Since then, we have supported and developed a diverse network of almost 300 graduates who make a real difference to the community in which they live.
“The program exposes you to areas of the community you would not have otherwise known about, builds networks of support with fellow participants and boosts your confidence,” photographer and film-maker Michelle Dunn (LBWR 2014) said.
“The LBWR network provided me with connections that benefited my business, built my ability to speak to an audience, to advocate for change and to understand how to influence. Most importantly, it showed me who the people in Ballarat are that I need to contact if I want to be heard.”
Golden Plains Shire Council development manager Tim Waller (LBWR 2011) identified three key lessons or areas of enlightenment which continue to influence his development as a leader. “The first relates to the benefit of shared experiences and the power of perspective. The second concerns the importance of people networks to the region and the last, perhaps most significant lesson, relates to the impact of skilled volunteers in our community. LBWR impacts across all three of these areas.”