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CARVING a right trail for youth in the Mitchell Shire is not just “part of the job” for Mitchell Shire Youth Services Co-ordinator Buffy Leadbeater.
A strong community leader, Ms Leadbeater’s dedication and hard work was acknowledged as the recipient of the Central Ranges LLEN ‘Christine Cox Trailblazer Award’ recently.
In announcing the award, Central Ranges LLEN Chair Doreen Power said Ms Leadbeater was a “real trailblazer”.
“Buffy has shown a great commitment to ​innovation​ through establishing Mitchell youth rooms, collaboration through her work with a​range of orgs and young people and going above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of local young people,” Ms Power said.
During her time at Mitchell Shire, Ms Leadbeater has demonstrated leadership in the development of the Mitchell Shire Youth Strategy and youth consultations, the further ​development of the Mitchell ​Shire Youth Council and the Cyber Tattoo campaign to tackle cyber bullying.
Recently, Ms Leadbeater also drew ​attention to the region by hosting a forum in Wallan in partnership with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, bringing together a variety of stakeholders to feed into a ​state-wide consultation process.
Ms Leadbeater was nominated for award alongside two others from the Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes presented Ms Leadbeater with the award and $500 cheque at the Central Ranges LLEN annual general meeting.
The award recognises excellent leadership, outstanding achievement and significant partnerships, in honour of the late Central Ranges LLEN’s Christine Cox.

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Central Ranges LLEN 2013 AGM

(Christine Cox Trailblazer Award Winners: John Thomas, Rowena Naufal)

The Central Ranges LLEN celebrated its 10th Annual General Meeting on the 14th of May 2013 at Kilmore Trackside racecourse.

There was an excellent attendance of members and stakeholders reviewing the achievements of the organisation over the past year.

The Central Ranges LLEN launched the Murrindindi Training Needs Analysis report will all attendees receiving a copy.

Key achievements for 2012 where the:

The Central Ranges LLEN honoured the legacy of inaugural Board and staff member Christine Cox, by re-naming its annual award to the Christine Cox Trailblazer Award.  This years recipients were:

  • Rowena Naufal – Murrindindi Training Institute Chair and former CEO of CEACA
  • John Thomas – Education and Training Manager – Kyneton Community Learning Centre

John Thomas was our guest speaker on the day, providing insight into the development of flexible learning options for disengaged young people and leading the Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis and Learn Local Strategic Planning project.

For more information and including the 2012 annual please go to our 2013 Annual General Meeting page.

Central Ranges LLEN AGM

The Central Ranges LLEN will be conducting its 2012 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 15th of May 2012.  This will provide an opportunity to review the strategic achievements of Central Ranges LLEN stakeholders networks, project and partnerships.

There will be three Trailblazer awards this year, one from each Shire, recognising outstanding achievement in supporting the development of education, training and employment opportunities for local young people.

Our guest speakers are both from the Shire of Murrindindi, Heather Byrne (CEO of Alexandra Hospital and Katrina Bendeman (Operations Manager, North East Publishing).  Both presentations will explore the journey in developing innovative training programs in rural communities.

We encourage members of the Association, over 160 of you, to consider nominating for the Central Ranges LLEN Board.  All you need to do is fill in this nomination form and be endorsed by two other members.

If you would like to find out more go to our Annual general meeting page.