I first became involved with CSL in 2008 after seeing the Fellowship Program advertised online and at the sustainable living festival. I was going through some life changes and wanted to find my purpose so I went to an information night and applied for the program. I was lucky enough to be one of 20 people accepted which was fantastic, and was one of the oldest in the CSL cohort that year!
After completing the program, I volunteered for a couple of years with the alumni committee, helping to organise alumni events to keep the engagement going. I have also supported CSL online by sharing my story and journey with other people and encouraging them to come along.
It was great doing the program, and it is still great continuing to help the alumni to be a connected and engaged community.
Geoff Gourley with one of the businesses which ONE10 works with Health Delivered.
This year I pledged to the 2016 CSL Alumni Access Scholarship so that others who are not in a financial position to cover the costs could still receive the benefits of this fantastic program.
I think providing access scholarships is a great approach, and this year I generously supported the crowd funding campaign in helping to partially fund one or two places in the program for those who otherwise would not have been able to access it.
I hope that those who receive the scholarship get as much out of it as I did. I hope it really disrupts and changes their life for the good, as I’m sure it will.
And, I hope it gives them an opportunity that they wouldn’t otherwise have had because of financial barriers. I think that sometimes when people are given an opportunity, they react really well, they work really hard, and they respect the fact that they’ve been given this opportunity so they don’t want to waste it. This outcome is a great incentive for both others and myself in supporting someone’s journey.
CSL was a catalyst for me in finding my vision and my purpose, not just around sustainability, but a little bit in life skills generally and getting me back on track with the passions I had growing up as a teenager. What I’ve realised, though not until after the program had ended, was that I can make my impact by helping others make their impact, particularly in a business context.