Once again, we have a wonderfully diverse group of participants in the 2017 Fairley Leadership Program. Take a moment to get to know Jo-Anne Wood.
Jo Wood is the Wetlands and Environmental Water Project Officer for the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.
Jo’s passion for the environment saw her graduate with a Degree in Applied Science with honours in Botany from La Trobe University in 1999.
In 2007, Jo completed a Masters of Entomology, where she won the Deans Award for High Achievement with The University of Queensland. Jo has worked in the fields of Viticulture, Horticulture, Quarantine and currently Environmental Water.
Jo’s work is also her hobby. She monitors wetland response to environmental water using acoustic techniques which allows her to make management decisions for these sites.
Jo is currently helping a PhD student study the language of the extremely rare Javan rhinoceros using these acoustic methods.
In 2016, Jo was elected President of the Australasian Chapter of Ecoacoustics which holds over 100 members.
Upon completion of the Fairley Leadership program, Jo hopes to become more involved with the community and teach people the value of listening to our environment.
Jo’s favourite quote is by Bernie Krause – a soundscape ecologist – ‘a picture may be worth a thousand words, a soundscape is worth a thousand pictures’.
Ignatius was born and raised in the Shepparton region, living most his childhood years on the family orchard near Tatura.
A proud first generation Australian to Italian immigrants, Ignatius attended local primary and secondary schools, completing his education in Bendigo where he studied Civil Engineering.
Ignatius is a Senior Technical Officer at Goulburn Valley Water where he forms part of a vibrant team responsible for managing Goulburn Valley Water’s underground assets.
His experience and diverse skills enables him to perform a variety of tasks, including project management, asset management and investigations, problem solving, managing his capital works budget, forming strategies for future infrastructure projects.
At Goulburn Valley Water, Ignatius has established strong connections with local Councils and other service agencies, resulting in effective engagement and efficient coordination for infrastructure projects.
Ignatius has over 25 years’ experience in the water industry, commencing as a draftsperson with the Castlemaine & District Water Board (now part of Coliban Water).
Ignatius was part of a project team that delivered several sewerage schemes under the Environsafe 2001 Small Towns Sewerage Scheme program in the late 1990’s. Ignatius is a member of the locally established The Infrastructure Network – Goulburn Valley.
Ignatius is now seeking community involvement opportunities and undertaking the Fairley Leadership program which he believes will provide the platform for these opportunities.
Anita McCurdy has 20 years’ experience in the non-for-profit community services field with various roles from front line services to management.
Anita McCurdy has been living in the Shepparton area for the past 20 years, working and raising a family which has seen her involved in community groups advocating for youth homelessness and local sporting clubs.
Anita is currently the Manager of the new Shepparton Education First Youth Foyer which is accommodating young people with a history of homelessness and are wanting to re-engage and attend education.
Anita has obtained her Bachelor of Arts a Bendigo Latrobe, majoring in Psychology and Sociology.
In addition to this, Anita has studied 12 month certificates in Child Psychiatry and Developmental trauma, and is currently completing her Masters in Social Work.
Evidently, her initial employment through Berry Street supporting young people in statutory care has advanced to several leadership roles at the Brayton Youth Crisis refuge and Rural Housing.
Over recent years, Anita’s passion has grown in guiding teams to create, develop and sustain positive work place culture for successful outcomes.
This has led Anita to her current position as Foyer manager, where she and her team have shaped a positive homely environment to support up to 40 students at a time.
Through being part of the Fairley Leadership program, Anita aspires to build significant business and community links in the Goulburn Valley that will construct opportunities to identify, develop and invest in the skills and capabilities of marginalised young people.
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Applications for the 2017 Fairley Leadership Program are now being accepted. The closing date for applications is 28 October 2016....