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Yvonne leaves Barossa Lower North Futures

Yvonne leaves Barossa Lower North Futures

Barossa Lower North Futures executive officer, Ms Yvonne Cloke has resigned from her role after 11 years at the helm.

In a heartfelt letter to partners, friends, colleagues and associates, Yvonne said her time at Barossa Lower North Futures (BLNF) has been wonderful and there have been some amazing wins but cited the challenge to continually source and apply for funding as stressful and increasingly demanding and frustrating.

“The past 12 months have been particularly challenging for BLNF as we continually source and apply for funding,” said Yvonne.

“I am worn down from “fighting” for funding for youth programmes at state, commonwealth and in recent months at local government level.

“The past 12 months have been at times very stressful and I have found it increasingly demanding and frustrating.”

Yvonne said her letter was very difficult to write as she has so many mixed emotions but added many share the frustrations of insufficient and meager funding for youth programmes that support the most marginalised and disadvantaged young people.

Barossa Lower North Futures chairman, Mr David Hodge said it was with some regret that the board accepted Yvonne’s resignation but added she had been passionate about supporting young people across the Yorke, Lower North and Barossa regions during her time at the helm.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.