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Leadership team puts actors in the spotlight

Leadership team puts actors in the spotlight

Melissa Mair wants a front-row seat when performers Yarri Actors break into the mainstream audience.
But the Halls Gap woman believes it’ll be her height, not the group’s incredible acting ability, which stops it happening.
“I’m too tall,’’ the Leadership Wimmera program participant laughed.
That isn’t preventing Melissa, one of 15 people taking part in the Community Leadership Year, from working to give others a clear view of the Woodbine-based group’s future performances.
The community-driven woman is part of a six-strong team from the program working to lift these actors with disabilities into the mainstream spotlight.
“They are great,’’ she said. “Our project aim is to market, promote and organise performances by Yarri Actors for the general public. Yarri Actors have been putting on wonderful performances to other disability groups and we’re working to introduce them to the wider public.’’
Her leadership program group gave its project presentation on August 25 but that’s not the end of its link with Yarri Actors.
Members will continue to back the actors and have applied for funding to support performances further afield.
“They’re in the early stages of planning a performance with the Choir of Hard Knocks in Melbourne and a performance at a senior citizens club in Stawell is looking positive too,’’ Melissa said.
Melissa, a Stawell Regional Arts Committee member and mum of two, is a passionate believer in helping others. The Aged and Disability Services team leader with Northern Grampians Shire grew up with strong volunteer genes, passed down from generations before her, and she sees that same spirit in her home town.
“Everyone is doing something for the community and the local spirit is just amazing,’’ she said.
She believes the Community Leadership Year is about learning to harness that Wimmera spirit, communicate effectively, work together and help support people’s passion.
“I’ve just been amazed at the width and breadth of volunteers in Victoria and what people put into community groups after being part of this program,’’ Melissa said.
“People volunteer because they see the good their work’s doing for the community. It’s not just about being leaders, it’s about doing something worthwhile.’’
Leadership Wimmera, which also runs Business Leaders and Leadership Skills programs, is calling for people to lodge expressions of interest in next year’s program by September 30.
People seeking information on the programs can call Leadership Wimmera’s coordinator Anne Bothe on 5381 6504, email or visit website

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Posted on Sep 23 2009

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