When I returned to my hometown of Darke Peak in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula after a decade away, I was distressed to see how quickly the once thriving community had declined. Recognising that sporting clubs are an incubator of leadership and the hub of community participation in rural communities, I established a framework called Champions Academy to teach everyday people to recognise their human potential and give them the skills and confidence to become positive role models, leaders, advocates and change agents. The grassroots social impact initiative pairs people with mentors and gives them a cutting edge personal development experience that is supported by social cognitive neuroscience and uses human centred design and shared value approaches to problem solving.
I'm now on a mission to show rural people that they not only have the ability to influence significant positive change, they have an obligation to snap out of autopilot and become part of the solution, if they want their community to break the holding pattern of survival and move toward a brighter future. Champions Academy is constantly growing and evolving, and has quickly become my full time job. I run the social enterprise from a home office on a farm in Wharminda (in South Australia's Eyre Peninsula), where I live with my husband Caleb and our two young children, Tex and Scout.
Skills & Expertise
- Social cohesion
- The capacity of champions to inspire, motivate and influence change
- Rural contraction, decline and exodus (regional migration)
- Community resilience, wellbeing and legacy
- Mentoring and next generation leadership
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