Leadership, loyalty and courage discussed over breakfast

School students had their own ‘question time’ with a member of parliament when Member for Indi Cathy McGowan spoke at the latest leadership breakfast this morning, organised by Wodonga Council’s Youth Services.

Students from a number of the city’s schools attended Wodonga TAFE Space where Ms McGowan discussed her various forms of leadership over the years, from her previous school days to her current role in politics.

More than 4000 Indi school students and student leadership groups have visited Ms McGowan at Parliament House during sitting weeks and last week in Parliament Ms McGowan spoke about student leadership.

“From walking the Kokoda Track, managing whole school assemblies and representing students on school councils, right across my electorate people are taking up leadership roles and I am so delighted to be able to call them out and say thank you,” Ms McGowan said in Parliament.

“A call out to the young people – you are the future, we care about you and what you have to say. We want to hear from you, have your say, be active, be courageous and come and meet your Members of Parliament.

“If I could say so to the people in the audience, take really good lessons about being courageous, speaking the truth as you know you should, working with your teachers, working with me and working with the senators.”

Ms McGowan echoed last week’s thoughts in Parliament to students this morning, encouraging young people to be proactive and get involved in numerous forms of leadership within their community.

This is the seventh year Youth Services have run a series of Leadership Breakfasts.

These breakfasts allow students to hear from inspirational speakers who offer their thoughts and experiences relating to leadership and life.

They are highly regarded with schools and function as a networking opportunity for leaders in different schools in the area, as well as meeting various youth workers, business leaders and Wodonga Councillors who are also invited.