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Friday, April 01, 2022

The City of Whittlesea is hosting a panel of inspiring community leaders who will share their stories of leadership during a special event to be held at the Civic Centre in South Morang.

Facilitated by City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson, Exploring Community Leadership: small steps for big impact, will focus on how each and every person can get more involved in their community and create meaningful change, as well as introducing our new Community Leadership Program.

Ms Wilson will be joined by the following panel members:

  • Kim Stadtmiller, Chief Executive, Hume Whittlesea Local Learning & Employment Network (HWLLEN)
  • Sammi Tupper, Entrepreneur and Founder of TSID Clothing
  • Kevin Kapeke, Advocate, Engagement Coordinator at VicHealth and Board Director

Ms Wilson said she was excited to be sharing the stage with three talented locals who are all leaders in their chosen field.

“We are fortunate to have these wonderful presenters on our panel who will talk about their own experiences of community leadership, providing practical examples of how they have been able to create change, both small and large,” Ms Wilson said.

“We have such a diverse community with a wealth of knowledge, ideas and enthusiasm to get projects off the ground, and we hope that hearing from our panellists will show that leadership can come from anyone within the community and inspire people to get involved.”

“We want to help create great leaders of all ages and backgrounds to build stronger communities. That’s why we will also be previewing our new Community Leadership Program at the event. This program is specifically designed for people within our community who want to learn the skills to help them make a difference, establish personal and professional networks and become more involved in Council’s decision-making processes.”

“The Community Leadership Program is a free program beginning in May that will focus on developing practical skills, personal abilities and knowledge of local government to empower people to take an active role in their community.”  

The Exploring Community Leadership: small steps for big impact event will be held on Thursday 7 April at 6.30pm in the Fountain View Room, Civic Centre, 25 Ferres Blvd, South Morang.

To register for the free event, or find out more about the Community Leadership Program, visit