Supporting our emerging leaders

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

The Community Leadership Program, led by the Community Inclusion Unit at the City of Greater Geelong, is a capacity building program designed for local people wanting to become more active in their communities.

The 22-week program began in July with fourteen diverse participants. The program aims to strengthen their understanding of civic participation, local government and create new connections within communities, while building leadership skills to enable them to make an impact in the community.

The program is now moving into the action planning phase, where participants will determine their community projects and teams.

This program is rewarding for our people, the participants and the broader community.

Meet our emerging community leaders

Helen knows only too well what it takes to help those experiencing crisis through her work at Doorways in Geelong.
Doorways provides emergency relief and material aid to those in need throughout the region. With much of their funding coming from donations, the support they provide can only go so far.

Helen’s desire to be able to make a greater impact sparked her interest in our Community Leadership Program. She is hoping to learn how to be more assertive and to write effective grant proposals.

Mukhles has made quite the impact in Geelong, supporting refugees who have fled war-torn countries to start a new life here. After arriving as a refugee from Iraq three years ago, he has paved the way for many of his friends and family to also build a happier and safer life in Geelong.

Understanding the difficulties facing refugees, Mukhles started Socio-Cultural Syriac Incorporated. As president, he helps the group with interpreting English, filling in forms and navigating the system.

Mukhles is very active in the community, working in customer service at Diversitat and multiple roles at  Barwon Health. He was also a Red Cross volunteer for a year and is a member of the Geelong Multicultural Action Plan Committee and the Victoria Regional Advisory Council.

Mukhles’ passion to continue his work helping refugees feel safe and welcome attracted him to our Community Leadership Program.

Mukhles is looking to learn leadership and management skills. “It can be difficult bringing people together and helping them all see eye to eye, I’m looking for help to manage it all,” he said.

For more details about the Community Leadership Program, please contact:

Amanda Stirrat, Senior Community Development Project Officer on +61 3 5272 5129 or

Fiona Bramham, Community Development Projects Officer on +61 3 5272 4659 or  

Page last updated: Tuesday, 19 November 2019