We had our annual management conference and workshop with Phillipa Forsyth from the MAF Africa region. This year's training theme was 'introduction to leadership' which took us through the various aspects of effective leadership and gave us a practical tool for leading a team or project. As mission pilots, we often become the default leader by being the 'last one standing' in a particular place, but we don't necessarily have the experience or knowledge to make a good transition from doing to planning, delegating and following-up.
A week later the pilot group met for its annual training and education days. We practiced evacuation procedures from our aircraft, tried to put out fuel fires using a variety of extinguishers (including the wrong types), let off some flares and did our best to demonstrate the life jackets!
Over the Queen's Birthday public holiday weekend in June we will have our annual staff conference, this year led by Mark Fox of MAF New Zealand. It is a time of celebrating the year's events, discussing the future, and being challenged and encouraged in our work amongst the Yolngu. It is one of a few times in the year that we all come together as a whole team, and we look forward to the Lowe family visiting from the East Timor program to be part of the weekend.