Mandurah's young leaders of the future get digital detox at Rotary camp

Making connections: RCMD assistant governor Marg Pantall, Skipper Vanpeer, Rotarian Cheryl Brown and Michael Barret at the RYLA midweek 'jungle themed dinner. Photo: Supplied.
Making connections: RCMD assistant governor Marg Pantall, Skipper Vanpeer, Rotarian Cheryl Brown and Michael Barret at the RYLA midweek 'jungle themed dinner. Photo: Supplied.

"All the candidates felt the digital detox was up amongst the highest benefit for them," admitted Skipper Vanpeer after attending this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards seminar.

"We all lived in the moment with no distractions or knowing what was going to happen next."

Along with fellow Mandurah attendee Michael Barret, Skipper was sponsored to go to a seven-day intensive leadership training event, thanks to the Rotary Club of Mandurah Districts (RCMD).

"Skipper is already a leader in our community yet she has grown so much after her camp," assistant governor of the RCMD Marg Pantall said.

According to Skipper she made a heap of new friends and bonded with others she wouldn't normally have the opportunity to get to know.

"I learned things I didn't at home or school," Ms Vanpeer said.

"I learned so much about myself, gained self awareness and grew from the experience.

"I've come away so motivated and inspired."

The main areas of focus are on building communication and problem-solving skills, discovering strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in the community, learning from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors and unlocking their potential to turn motivation into action.

Attendees are aged 18-28 and have proven leadership experience or are potential leaders from diverse backgrounds, whether they are a student or young professional.

The programme assists them to become aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, to understand the basics of leadership and apply this knowledge to develop their leadership capabilities.

The seminar, held at Serpentine Baptist Camp in January, had 46 participants sponsored by Rotary Clubs in WA's southern district this year.

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