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THE Fairley Leadership Program has fostered many great leaders in our community across different industries and walks of life, and 2020 presented a unique experience to its graduates.
Program manager of Geared4Careers, Craig Mangan, completed the program last year. Funded by GAME Traffic and Contracting and Recruitment Select, the Geared4Careers program works with secondary schools to assist students with workforce readiness and further education pathways.
Craig was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the program that he and many others deem critical for the future of our region.
“I learnt so much not only about leadership but also about our community, particularly things I haven’t been exposed to in the past such as the intricacies of water, tourism, arts and the legal system,” said Craig.
“This program gave me the opportunity to hear from local leaders within our community first hand while they were dealing with the challenges of COVID. I learnt a lot and it was great to hear their stories of resilience, problem solving and leading through uncertainty and change.”
Craig is currently supported by a mentor through the Fairley Leadership Program and is about to commence a stint as a co-opted board member. He is also involved with the Lighthouse Secondary and Transitions Collaborative Meeting Group and the Greater Shepparton Foundations Lift off Scholarships program, both of which are invaluable projects for our region.
“I looked at the end of the Fairley year as not the end of the program, but the beginning of the next chapter,” said Craig.
The program provides an opportunity for people, such as Craig, to develop leadership skills across the Goulburn Murray region, explore the major issues facing the region and assist positive change.