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A SURPRISING JOB FOR A YOUNG EMERGING LEADER

WITH MEGAN KADIC

Are you passionate about the environment and sustainability? Terrain NRM is looking for its next ‘Emerging Leader’ to join the Board of Directors on a one-year mentorship program.

It’s a rare opportunity to experience what it’s like to be on a Board, share your perspectives on environmental issues in our region, build new working relationships and learn a whole lot about everything from biodiversity to sustainable agriculture.

Terrain NRM is a leading not-for-profit environmental management organisation based in Tropical Far North Queensland with a focus on waterway health, biodiversity, soil health, climate and sustainable development. It delivers large Great Barrier Reef programs and works with community groups and local governments on projects that help our rainforests, woodlands and threatened species.

Terrain introduced an ‘Emerging Leader’ program three years ago to develop future leaders and ensure younger people had a voice on the board.

Novotel Cairns Oasis Director of Sales Megan Kadic is stepping down from the role at the upcoming annual general meeting after a year she describes as “inspiring”.

“I’ve been involved in the creation of a new five-year strategic plan for this region and most recently it has been wonderful to see the collaboration between Terrain and over 20 partners from across industry sectors in developing the Tropical North Queensland Green and Blue Economic Stimulus Package proposal in response to the economic impacts of coronavirus on our region,” she says.

“It was great to contribute a youth perspective, but also share my insights from sales, marketing and tourism. I’ve taken so much away too. After learning about what some of the board members have accomplished, and achieve on a day to day basis, I’m really driven to challenge myself further to do more for my personal development and my community.”

The first ‘Emerging Leader”, Rhiannon Simcock, has subsequently gone on to become a Terrain NRM Board Director. She says she loves being in a boardroom where everyone is full of enthusiasm about learning from the next generation.

“It has been such a positive experience – and just as invaluable for me to learn more about natural resource management, make connections outside my usual professional circles and be involved in an organisation operating at such a professional and strategic level,’’ she said.

“Many young people are looking for ways to become more involved in organisations working in the areas they are passionate about. My family has a history on the land dating back five generations – it’s ingrained in me. So getting the opportunity to use my skills and expertise in an organisation working so closely with land managers is extremely fulfilling.”

Terrain NRM Board Chair Keith Noble says the ‘Emerging Leader’ program is a win-win for all involved. “We learn as much from our emerging leaders as they learn from us,’’ he says.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE EMERGING LEADER PROGRAM AND OPPORTUNITIES, VISIT WWW.TERRAIN.ORG.AU

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