Bright future for Sampson Leadership Scholarship recipients

Monday 6 February, 2017

Two GMW staff have been named recipients of the sought-after Sampson Leadership Scholarship, enabling them to further their study and ultimately benefit those living in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID).

Planning Officer Laura Bradley and Customer Relationship Consultant Lana Young have been named as the two 2016 recipients.

The scholarship enables young Victorians to further their study, research or learning in the areas of environment, agriculture, irrigation, community development or leadership within the GMID.

Lana plans to travel to Orlando, Florida in August for a one-off opportunity to attend a Leadership Excellence course at the Disney Institute.

While Disney is often associated with the theme park, the institute offers a range of training and development in best practice leadership, culture, customer experience, brand loyalty, creativity and innovation.

“Water is critical to the future growth and success of the GMID and I envisage I could use this project to help our business attain and retain a customer-centric focus,” Lana said.

She said the overseas trip will allow her to “bring the leadership of Disney” to the irrigation community, and will weave together her respective passion for irrigation, agriculture, leadership skills, community development and sport.

For Laura, a passion for agriculture is also key.

“I have grown up on sheep, beef and dairy farms and currently live on a cropping farm. Agriculture has always been a very important aspect for me,” Laura said.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity. The scholarship will fund a year of study as I work towards a Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology.”

She said the funding would allow her to strengthen her knowledge, and complement her Bachelor of Urban Rural and Environmental Planning.

“In the long term, it’s about making good decisions in agricultural planning, to benefit those in the GMID,” she said.

GMW Managing Director Pat Lennon congratulated Laura and Lana, and said the scholarship was a fantastic opportunity to further their learnings in their respective fields.

“These two staff members are great examples of young leaders in our community who are passionate about what they do, and who are keen to continue their learning and development for the good of our region,” Mr Lennon said.

Sampson Leadership Scholarship spokesman Bruce Cumming said the Sampson Leadership Trust was impressed by Laura and Lana’s proposals.

“We look forward to supporting these recipients during 2017 and hearing of their progress,” Mr Cumming said.

The Sampson Leadership Scholarship was established to honour the memory of Ken Sampson, who died suddenly in 2009. He made a remarkable contribution to northern Victoria in the fields of sports, community, agriculture and the environment.

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