Leadership Wimmera

Leadership Wimmera

Change Makers Program


What is Leadership Wimmera?

Leadership Wimmera’s mission is to stimulate, facilitate and sustain leadership in the region. Our year-long community leadership development programs have supported more than 600 people to grow and thrive and contribute positively to the Wimmera Southern Mallee community since 2002.

These graduates continue to utilise the important life and leadership skills they have learned in their roles as business owners, managers, employees, volunteers, parents, friends and community members.

Employers who have sponsored their staff to participate in Leadership Wimmera programs – including year-long intensive programs and shorter-term opportunities to learn new skills – have observed improvements in the individuals’ confidence, performance and willingness to take on greater responsibilities.

Many graduates have stepped up to more senior positions in their workplace, taken on roles of responsibility in the community and sought ways to contribute to the future of the Wimmera Southern Mallee.

Leadership Wimmera’s mission is to stimulate, facilitate and sustain leadership in the region. We provide cost-effective programs to ensure people who want to participate and learn new skills have the opportunity to do so.

Our programs:

  • Provide inspiring leadership learning opportunities to nurture emerging leaders and motivate existing leaders in the Wimmera Southern Mallee
  • Enhance, develop and promote leadership in the region
  • Contribute to regional development by providing opportunities to grow the skills of people keen to make a difference
  • Help to sustain and grow businesses and communities by developing the leadership skills of people in the region
  • Provide mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Provide a resource for other groups

Programs take a problem-solving approach to highlight the opportunities, challenges and wicked problems that exist for the Wimmera Southern Mallee.

Leadership Wimmera participants 2022
Leadership Wimmera 'Change Makers' participants at the 2022 opening retreat

Flagship Program

Change Makers

Apply online: Application Form 
Applications close: Friday, November 25th

Change Makers is a program for existing leaders – those who own or run a business and/or who lead a team at work or in their community life and who have demonstrated potential to commit to greater leadership involvement in their workplace or community.

Participants will:

  • Have a proven leadership record OR aspirations with potential for future growth
  • Show genuine interest in becoming involved in community leadership OR existing involvement in their community
  • Potential to commit to leading their community in the future
  • Have the time and energy to commit to the program
Program Focus:
  • Leadership of self, leadership of others and regional leadership
Program inclusion:
  • Launch event
  • Opening retreat
  • Six program days - leadership of self and leadership of others
  • Social awareness training opportunities
  • One regional Leadership program day 
  • End-of-program presentation and graduation ceremony
  • Opportunities to enrol in additional Leadership Wimmera opportunities to complement the program and advance knowledge (discounted rate applies)

Leadership Wimmera 2023 – Change Makers program schedule

  • Wednesday, February 15:  Launch Event 6pm – 8pm Angling Club
  • Friday, February 24 to Sunday February 26:  Opening Retreat 5pm Friday to 1pm Sunday Venue TBC
  • Wednesday, March 22: Program Day 1 9am – 4.30pm Angling Club
  • Wednesday, May 10: Program Day 2 9am – 4.30pm Angling Club
  • Wednesday, June 07: Program Day 3 9am – 4.30pm Angling Club
  • Wednesday, July 12: Program Day 4  9am – 4.30pm ROAD TRIP
  • Wednesday, August 09: Program Day 5  9am – 4.30pm Angling Club
  • Wednesday, September 06: Program Day 6 9am – 4.30pm Angling Club
  • Wednesday, October 04: Program Day 7 9am – 4.30pm Angling Club
  • Wednesday, November 15: Presentation & Graduation Dinner 

For further information contact Vernetta Taylor on 0419 114 274 or vtaylor@wda.org.au