Community is central to our understanding of leadership and all that we do. Community begins with the individual and expands infinitely outwards. What and who is your community?
Survey Extraordinary Future’s clients and you will find almost all include ‘community’ in some sense in their values. This might be making a direct contribution to community through their work or volunteering. It might be building a sense of community within their team and organisation. It might be just a gnawing sense of the desire to ‘give back’ (a phrase we dislike, since it implies that something has been taken in the first place!) now or some time in the future.
Corrinne was raised in the country in a family that believes a strong community provides the context for strong individuals, families and businesses, and this has been a major influence on her life.
Her contributions to society have been recognised by a nomination for ‘The Victorian Honour Role of Women’ in 2007 and receiving Leadership Victoria’s ‘Community Leadership Award’ in 2008. Among other things, she taught English in a jungle refugee camp on the edge of a war-zone on the Thai-Burmese border. She was founding chair of The Torch, leading the start-up phase of the organisation. (http://thetorch.org.au – a community organisation specialising in community cultural development)
Corrinne is currently on the board of Wintringham (http://wintringham.org.au), a welfare company providing dignified, affordable, high quality care and accommodation to homeless elderly people.
Extraordinary Future has a significant portfolio of activity in the community sector and a real understanding of the special flavour of leadership needed in the community sector.
Corrinne’s eyes sparkle the most when she is talking about encouraging other leaders to engage with the community and give forward.