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4 December 2012 By Conal Thwaite


SYN Screen and Sound Production Services is a new social enterprise run by SYN Media in Melbourne.

The enterprise hires 11 young audio and video producers with a range of skills, who work in small teams on promotional media products such as this conference video for Express Media at National Youth Week 2012, and another for RMIT Village student accommodation.

SYN is best known for its radio station (90.7 SYN FM) run for the benefit of people under 26, listeners and volunteer presenters alike, but the organisation also runs training courses and produces television content.

Tahlia Azaria developed the business plan for SYN Screen and Sound Production Services with the assistance of Leadership Victoria’s Greatconnections volunteer Mary Preen.

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4 October 2012 By Freya Cole

Jasper and Japhet in one of their mentoring sessions.
Jasper and Japhet in one of their mentoring sessions.

Leadership Victoria and Greatconnections have enjoyed a successful relationship with the African Think Tank since 2010.

In 2011, more than 130 people participated in a series of Leadership Seminars discussing aspects of Leadership in African Australian communities. 

This year, LV is supporting the program through the provision of a 6 month mentoring program where we have matched Leadership Victoria’s volunteers through Skillsbank and Greatconnections with an African participant.

Greatconnections volunteer, Jasper Coghlan, decided that his skills in human resources and consulting would be suitable for a mentoring role with for the African Think Tank.

“I have never had any involvement with the African Community so this was my opportunity to get involved,” he says.

Mr Coghlan, who worked with Ford Motors for almost 35 years, says that giving leadership and communication advice to his mentee Japhet Ncube was the biggest focus in their relationship. 

Zimbabwe immigrant, Japhet Ncube, moved to Australia from New Zealand almost three years ago.

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23 May 2012 By Sunita Varlamos

Sunita Varlamos
Sunita Varlamos

LV's Program Manager, Projects Sunita Varlamos recently spoke to Plan Big about her role with LV, the Social Impact work of our Alumni in the community and the role of Skills Bank.

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15 May 2012 By Sunita Varlamos


The Leadership Victoria Community Project is an innovative way for Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) participants to achieve significant social impact for a NFP during the program and to extend their thinking, strategy and policy making skills and experience on complex issues for a community organisation.   We hope that this experience becomes the first of many engagements with LV and our social impact agenda.

The general concept is that teams of WCLP participants come together to work on a specific issue for a NFP which requires some ‘out of the box’ ideas and fresh thinking.

An initiative such as this offers our participants a practical and simple way to utilise the enthusiasm, knowledge and skills developed in the WCLP program for the good of the broader community. In addition, participants are able to further develop their knowledge and skills and get to work with others from a range of professional backgrounds and sectors.

Project concepts are now being sought. If you work in a NFP or have a close relationship with a NFP that would highly value and action a project by a team of current WCLP participants then I would like to hear from you.  This is an exceptional opportunity for NFPs to have the significant resource and energy of WCLP participants to work on a project that they have lacked the capacity to deliver.

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15 May 2012 By Sunita Varlamos


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Six month Mentoring Program 2012 for the African Leadership Development Program (African Think Tank)

 The African Think Tank hosted the first African Leadership Development Program (ALDP) in 2010 with 27 successful graduates completing the program.  Each participant was matched with a mentor from Leadership Victoria.  This component of the program was highly valued by participants, with many stating in the external evaluation of the program that these relationships were extremely valuable and a highlight of the program for them. Many of the mentors and mentees in 2010 still keep in touch with one another.

In 2011, more than 130 people participated in a series of Leadership Seminars discussing aspects of Leadership in African Australian communities.

In 2012, the African Community Leadership Program, hosted by ATT, will be running a 4 month program (July to October) that will seek to build the capacity of African community associations through improved organisational governance, coordination, communication with government and the community, and leadership.  The 2012 program is funded by the State Government and the R.E Ross Trust.

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1 May 2012 By Hannah Carrodus

Mildura United Soccer team
Mildura United Soccer team

When Leadership Victoria (LV) heard that the Mildura United Soccer Club needed help to balance its books, LV Skills Bank matched Alumnus Paul O’Shea (EBLP’10) to the project.

 The retired lawyer, who has extensive experience working in both the not-for-profit and business sectors, was happy to lend his expertise.

 The Mildura United Soccer Club has achieved many successes over the years, including wins on the field and through its involvement with the local Indigenous population.

The club was transformed 20 years ago when Chris Tsivoglou, the former president, saw the disadvantage and boredom faced by many local Indigenous kids and thought that soccer would be a great way for them to build their confidence. He started encouraging these kids to join the club, and within a few years the majority of the club’s players were Aboriginal.

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5 December 2011


In 2011 eight not-for-profit organisations were invited to pitch projects to LV’s Williamson Community Leadership Program participants — with participants nominating the projects they would prefer to work on. It’s an opportunity for the community groups to gain expertise they may otherwise have trouble accessing and to apply it to a practical area of need. WCLP participants gain an invaluable insight by applying the leadership skills they learn throughout the year in a fresh setting, by working with a community organisation.

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20 September 2011 By Stefan Grun

Karma Currency Foundation CEO Ash Rosshandler cannot speak highly enough of Leadership Victoria Alumni Denis O’Hara (EBLP ’08).  Without Denis, the newly minted not-for-profit would probably not be around today.

“I don’t think we would have survived, to be honest,” he says.

To date over $1,000,000 has been donated to not-for-profit groups through Karma Currency, but like most new organisations it began with minimal staff and resources. 

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18 August 2011 By Stefan Grun

Victorian Youth Mentoring Alliance
Victorian Youth Mentoring Alliance

The Victorian Youth Mentoring Alliance (VYMA) isn’t the most glamorous part of the mentoring process.  They don’t forge long-lasting relationships with young people, match them with their perfect mentor, or get reminded of the great work they do in the form of a flourishing adolescent.  But they are the ones who keep them safe.

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20 July 2011

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Based in an unassuming building on the edge of the CBD, it would be difficult to guess at the hive of activity that lies behind the doors of Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).  It’s an atmosphere of controlled chaos as 25 paid staff, and some 650 volunteers, deliver 25 programs to assist those who are waiting for their applications for asylum in Australia to be processed.

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10 June 2011 By Stefan Grun

Foodbank Victoria
Foodbank Victoria

The ‘Focus on Food’ leadership program is an exciting new initiative that has been developed between Leadership Victoria and Foodbank Victoria. Specifically tailored to the food sector and its stakeholders, ‘Focus on Food’ is based on LV’s successful Igniting Leadership Program and is designed to develop high-potential leaders through a concentrated learning experience. The program will commence in August 2010. Here, we speak to Foodbank Victoria CEO, Ric Benjamin.

Talk of cost of living pressures has become standard political fare of late, but evidence of Victorians under immense financial pressure can be found at Foodbank Victoria.

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12 May 2011 By Stefan Grun

Helen Kennedy
Helen Kennedy

In 2010, Helen Kennedy was one of five individuals supported by an Office of the Community Sector scholarship to participate in Igniting Leadership, LV’s program for emerging leaders. She came to the program facing considerable leadership-related challenges in her own professional role managing the Family Counseling Service of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS). Helen supervises approximately 30 staff, and 10 different programs, in an area of VAHS that focuses on acute mental health. Not only was she the sixth manager in her position in a three-year period, but also her role was complicated by a rapid expansion of services, new resources and increased expectations.

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