Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program - Alumni



Honorary Graduates


he Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program has assisted in producing an array of graduates serving in high profile leadership roles across the region.

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Kerry Craig

Kerry CraigCurrent Role/s – work & community
Community Projects Officer with the Rural City of Wangaratta Currently facilitating the Community Food for All initiative and coordinating Council’s Community Grants Program.

AVCLP year:

Reflections/benefits/outcomes from your AVCLP experience
On reflection, the experience gave me confidence with new skills such as facilitation and governance. The experience provided me with a network which I benefit from in an ongoing and developing way. The experience allowed me to think about who I am and where I am going in a more mindful way and connected way. The experience helped me set a goal to undertake further studies which I have undertaken and achieved.

What are you doing to continue to grow and develop as a community leader?
I am currently working across communities on projects that support emerging leaders and community wellbeing outcomes.

I have studied concepts and theories to optimise my community leadership experience. I reflect on my experiences with the aim of developing my understanding and insight into community leadership to further enhance my practice.

What do you think are the qualities of a successful community leader?

  • Passion
  • Context
  • Respect
  • Commitment
  • Vision
  • Values
  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Reflection
  • Gratitude

Any leadership resource tips eg. current readings/ books/links etc.
Ted Talks at
The Six Value Medals by Edward de Bono


Birgit Schonafinger

Birgit SchonafingerCurrent Work Rolework & community
Director of Fishbowl PR. Job sharing the volunteer Communications Co-ordinator’s role for SIMNA (Social Impact Measurement Network Australia) Vice president PR, Wangaratta Toastmasters Club

AVCLP year

Reflections/benefits/outcomes from your AVCLP experience
As a communicator and former journalist, for me the experience was all about the people and their stories – the fellow participants, the guests and community leaders. You’ll never hear more inspiring stories than the participants’ ‘All About Me’ sessions.

The program introduced me to some personal development lessons which have stood me in good stead ever since. It also led me to other courses which helped prepare me for a 3 year term as a board member and supported my interest in life-long learning.

What are you doing to continue to grow and develop as a community leader?
I continue to look for opportunities where I might be able to make a contribution and where I can learn from others – there are so many talented people in this region.

It is also important to keep up with trends. In the future it is clear that funding bodies will want more evidence of what their dollars achieved. I recently completed a Social Return on Investment training course and would love to connect with others that have an interest in social impact.

I’m a member of the Wangaratta Toastmasters club where I am improving my skills as a public speaker.

What do you think are the qualities of a successful community leader?
So many people are dedicated to doing something constructive for their community and they all have different ways of realising their visions. In my observation, those who are more successful mix motivation and drive with an ability to bring people along for the journey and have fun doing so. They build skills and capacity in their colleagues and know when it is time to hand the reins over and empower others to continue. I take my hat off to the many people who work tirelessly for the benefit of their community.

Any leadership resource tips eg. current readings/ books/links etc.
Leading with Emotional Intelligence by Reldan S Nadler for their emerging leaders’ spotlight


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Allan Hooper
Nicholas Jordan
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Roy Baird
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