A grant by JVT recognises the enormous potential of social enterprises to support development of country communities
The John Villiers Trust (JVT) is delighted to announce the winners of the JVT-funded bursaries to attend the Social Enterprise World Forum being held in Brisbane in September.
With SEWF22 coming to Brisbane for the first time, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for budding social enterprise leaders from across Queensland to learn from their global peers and be inspired by the potential of sustainable economic initiatives.
JVT is funding these bursaries to develop leaders of social enterprises in rural, regional and remote Queensland and boost understanding about their potential to increase economic productivity, inclusion, capital, and wellbeing for both individuals and the community.
Isabella Mizzi currently based on K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) is a young marketing and public relations professional with a passion for promoting gender equality and the fight against systemic racism. Isabella would like to create a social enterprise to tackle these issues and is excited about connecting with and learning from like minded entrepreneurs at SEWF.
JVT CEO Lea-Anne Bradley said social enterprises are an important way to counter the urban drift that saps the vitality of country communities.
“Social enterprise can build opportunities for locals by tapping into the unique strengths of a community, whether that is environmental, geographical, industrial or cultural,” Ms Bradley said.
“SEWF22 has a strong focus on social enterprises in rural areas and these bursaries will allow attendees to learn more about their potential to provide inclusive, flexible and local employment.
“Policy makers from all levels of government will be attending SEWF, so the bursaries also provide opportunities for the perspectives of young people from country Queensland to be represented in the forum discussions.”
As well as bursaries for young leaders from country Queensland sponsored by JVT, other bursaries are being funded by other supporters. These include bursaries for social entrepreneurs who are First Nations people; from low income or conflict-affected countries; or leading a social enterprise that is experiencing financial hardship.
Congratulations to Isabella, Sean, Paul and Andrew from everyone at JVT.
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