Sunday, December 1, 2013

Being a Westpac Community Leader Finalist in 2013 – A Great Privilege

About a month ago I was advised that I had been selected as one of three finalists in the Westpac Community Leaders Awards for Established Not for Profit Executive Category. This category was open to Managing Directors or CEOs whose role is critical to sustaining the effectiveness of a well-established (minimum of 2 years) Not for Profit organisation.

At the award ceremony we were advised that over 120 people had applied for the award – so to be one of 12 finalists and one of three in my category gave me a great sense of pride. We were advised that some on the considerations used by the judges included:
  • Demonstrated social and financial impact from activities of the organisation
  • Demonstrated a sustainable vision for the future of the organisation that will have a positive impact on the broader Not for Profit Sector
  • Demonstrate leadership characteristics by motivating and inspiring people to higher levels of accomplishments and teamwork

The key initiative that I was nominated for was being an inspiration and driving force behind the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care Boards and Committees Project, an idea close to my heart. We had applied for and won a social innovation grant to get it underway, mentored inspiring young leaders to co-create the programme, oversaw the inclusion and collaboration in this project of other aged care organisations; and engaged with state and local media to increase its recognition and profile. 
The results of the Engaging Yong Leaders on Aged Care Boards and Committees has been exceptional: 18 young leaders participated in the 4 month leadership program, 5 trainee director programs have been established within aged care organisations, 6 Board Appointments (Trainee and Full), the development of a resources toolkit to assist organisations to recruit young leaders onto their Boards/Committees, 3 Unconventions to connect/exchange ideas and an online community for young leaders with a passion for aged care.  Skills: vision, action, creation, mentorship, leadership, community collaboration, results, profile recognition, resources legacy. 

We also were awarded the New Projects Award in June at the ACSWA 2013 Excellence in Care Awards and launched at Southcare in July 2013 by the Hon. Malcolm McCusker.

I look forward to the next phase of the Engaging Young Leaders on Community Boards and thank Westpac for the privileged of being one of the inaugural Westpac Community Leaders Award 2013 Finalists – my congratulations to Rachelle Towart, Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, CEO for winning the award.

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