We are hiring

It has been a privilege to be Interim Executive Director of Leadership Victoria! But now it is time to pass the torch to a visionary leaders to carry on the legacy of this dynamic organization. I have been inspired by the incredible work of the volunteers of Leadership Victoria and I know there are more great future projects and programs to support leaders in Greater Victoria.

We are currently hiring a new Executive Director and Program Manager. The Program Manager will lead Leadership Victoria's redesigned Community Leadership Program.

For more information please review the job posting at:



Nominations Deadline Extended to March 27

Thank you to everyone who has submitted nominations to date! We have been reading about some amazing leaders in the Victoria Region! We even got a submission from Australia! The submitter did not realize that we were Leadership Victoria in BC, not New South Wales in Australia. 

We look forward to reading more about those who create the vibrancy of Victoria. 

Tickets are on sale now for the Awards Gala being held at Government House. If you attended last year, you know this is a great venue and an opportunity to meet our new Lieutenant Governor. 

And it isn't too last to be a sponsor! For more information to about how to spread the news of the great work you are doing in your organization, please get in contact executivedirector@leadershipvictoria.ca

Victoria Community Leadership Awards Nominations are open!

Nominations for the 2018 Victoria Leadership Awards is now open!

Leadership Victoria is very pleased to once again recognize our extraordinary leaders in the Greater Victoria area. This year's event will be held at Government House, hosted by the Lieutenant Governor.  

Public nominations will be accepted from people from all ages and all walks of life. If you know someone who has had a large community impact or has demonstrated positive leadership in their community they may be eligible for a Victoria Community Leadership Award. Visit our Selection Page for more information on the the criteria to nominate a local leader.

Please follow this link, VCLA Nomination Form to suggest a community leader that you know to be recognized in the 2018 Victoria Leadership Awards! Please email the completed form to executivedirector@leadershipvictoria.ca

Nomination deadline is March 21.

Tickets are now on sale for this gala event on Thursday, May 3! Please join us to celebrate our inspiring leaders!


Upcoming Program Redesign meeting February 28

Thank you to everyone who has RSVP'd so far to attend our stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, February 28 at 6pm at Our Place. The redesign committee is looking forward to sharing the results and the option they hope to move forward. 

There is still time to join the meeting. Please RSVP in the link on the events page. We are looking forward to continue to provide excellence in leadership training with our community partners.

Community Leadership Program Renewal 2018

Since 2000, Leadership Victoria Society has been the go-to organization for community leadership development in Greater Victoria. We now have over 320 alumni in our community, each doing their bit to make our communities the best they can be. While we continuously evaluated and updated content, we retained the basic structure of the program, such as its duration and delivery over a nine-month period, its use of coaches, mentors and its model of face-to-face facilitation of workshops culminating in learning labs via team projects.

Last September we agreed it was time to thoroughly appraise our Community Leadership Development program design. We initiated an intense learning journey to assess content, delivery methods and duration, diversity and audience needs. We explored any emerging edges and opportunities that might be relevant and important to our review. We invited our key community stakeholders to participate in our review by completing one of two surveys: an employer and a community survey.

Thank you for your responses – your perspective and thoughtful comments were significant in providing deeper insights into the shifting and evolving nature of community leadership. We collected and synthesized the data from our consultation and research and identified the following key issues:

· Profile of Leadership Victoria

· Time commitment of program

· Cost and relevance of program

· Complexity and diversity of community leadership needs

In December, the Board endorsed the design team’s preliminary recommendations, and requested the team to propose programming, business model and delivery options for the Board’s consideration. On January 23 they endorsed one of the team's proposed program and delivery options.

We invite you, our key stakeholders and community leaders, to provide feedback on this model and its delivery methods on February 28 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at Our Place is located at 919 Pandora. Snacks and beverages will be offered. We encourage you (or your representative) to participate in this important session; your voice is valued. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to executivedirector@leadershipvictoria.ca

We expect to complete this phase of the engagement process in early Spring and commence developing a concrete program and business model. We'll keep you posted on our progress through continued messages like this one. Thanks again for your interest and support.

Community Leadership Development Program

Have You Heard of the Community Leadership Development Program?

Leadership Victoria offers a 9-month experiential leadership development program, to learn about important issues facing the Greater Victoria region. Meet and learn from the community’s most dynamic leaders, and strengthen their leadership potential through face-to-face learning and a team-based community action project. Applications are accepted from March to August each year, and the program starts in early September. For more information or to sign up for a free information session you can visit our website or contact the Executive Director.


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Understanding the Social Fabric of our Community and Expanding Our Horizons

The 2016/2017 cohort completed their sixth and seventh Community Learning Days among the trees and wildlife at the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary.

ls.jpgFriday, January 20th started with a bang as groups discussed their ride along experiences and were taken on a guided walk of the gallery at the Nature House. The cohort then jumped into a riveting theory presentation on Stakeholder Analysis. Afterwards, they undertook an interactive group activity that demonstrated how to prioritize stakeholders on a flip-chart and discuss which stakeholders in Greater Victoria may have an impact on their final community action project. 

A wonderful presentation was given by Maureen Sawa from the Greater Victoria Public Library. The day ended with incredible presentations and peer feedback from our groups about their future Community Action Projects. It has been incredible to witness the personal growth of all our participants and we are excited to see the outcome of their Community Action Projects.

On Saturday, January 21st, participants began the day by discussing their Community Action projects followed by not one, but TWO theory lectures, on mindfulness and how to make a successful elevator pitch in 60 seconds or less. Participants were then encouraged to test out their elevator speeches on at least three mentors who were present for the Community Learning Day. We can now say that our cohort is fully equipped to approach important stakeholders in the community and leave them with a lasting impression that may translate their visions into measurable impacts.

Participants found that the learning days "...contained a wonderful combination of interesting topics and inspirational guests." One of our students, Maria, found that the experience allowed her to develop a deeper understanding about the community, stakeholders, connections, and at the same time, reflection about how to build resilience and a healthy mind. She enjoyed hearing about the other team projects and was excited to see how they have evolved over the last 5 months. 


A special thanks to our amazing Facilitators, Coaches & Mentors: Roberta Burris, Nooreen Preusser, Norma Louden, Edie Dittman, Jennifer O’Halloran, Diana Smith, Fiona Prince, Annette Siewertsen, Rosemary Cannon, Deb Hopkins, Libby Rush, Val St. John, Susanne Bell, Suzanne Dane, Veronica Osborn, Erin Wagg.




Community Learning Day: Guest Speaker Bradley Dick

On December 10th, the 2016/2017 cohort attended a Community Learning Day at the Songhees Wellness Centre. We had a two-day session planned (December 9-10) but Mother Nature intervened with snow on December 9, so we had to postpone that day's events into January. Having cleared the ice and found the winter gloves, our cohort convened on December 10 with lots of energy and stories about the weather adventures.

The day started out with several tips to source funding for the Community Action Projects that are in development by the 2016/2017 cohort. One participant Maria, stated that "Susan Low provided a major focus on developing good relationships and understanding with community partners." She found that the Community Learning Day was a very inspirational and informative day! The rest of the day consisted of immersive experience that involved learning about the history, cultural practices and challenges of the Coast Salish people. 

88.jpg                                              Songhees Wellness Centre (Interior)

Our lovely Guest Speaker, Bradley Dick, discussed his cultural background, the significance of the Songhees presence on their traditional territory as well as his own personal family stories. Bradley provided a strong historical foundation for our participants by explaining the first contact by settlers in the area and how this drastically impacted the lifestyle of Coast Salish peoples in this region. 

Maria was excited to learn the knowledge shared by Bradley Dick that has been transferred to him by his elders. She found that "...he formed a powerful energy circle which brought reflection for openness and gratefulness."

 Bradley_Dick.JPGGuest Speaker: Bradley Dick (Songhees Nation Member) 

We look forward to our next Community Learning Days on January 20th & 21st at the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Be sure to check back on our blog for future updates! For more information on our Community Leadership Development Program, or to find out if this program is right for you click here. 

Camosun Leadership Development Partnership

Leadership Victoria is excited to announce our new partnership with the Camosun Leadership Development Program

Graduates from the Community Leadership Development Program at Leadership Victoria can now use their Certificate in Leadership Development towards the Leadership Development Certificate at Camosun College!

 20anniversary.jpgStudents who complete the Community Leadership Development Program with Leadership Victoria Society are eligible to receive Prior Learning Credit for 66 hours out of 141 hours needed for the certificate program.

The Leadership Victoria program must be completed within the 5-year completion time frame of the Camosun Leadership Development Certificate program. Students must supply a copy of the Completion Certificate from Leadership Victoria.

The agreement with Camosun College means that alumni of the program from 2015 onwards can augment their leadership learning through the Certificate in Leadership Development.

Applications for the Leadership Victoria Community Development Program will open in April 2017 for more information check out the following link Community Leadership Development Program

Learn more about the Camosun Development Certificate Program please click here.

Community Learning Days - Listening to the Community


On November 18th and 19th, the 2016/2017 cohort engaged in community learning days (CLD’s) allowing them to explore the context in which to build awareness and connections with their community networks through listening and engagement with participatory theories, models and tools. The November CLD’s were held at Saanich Acres which provided a safe and welcoming learning environment. Our participants found that it was a great space to “..open up space for dialogue, engage and participate in collective thinking”.




The first day was chalk full of topics and included presentations from two facilitators and two guest speakers.

  • Connect to Active Listening & Fishbowl Dialogue – Cara Jones
  • Importance of dialogue & story sharing, World Café, Open Space Dialogues – Diana Smith


The Fishbowl Dialogue participants created a semi-circle around the guest speakers to discuss how sensitives relate to their current groups such as how do they show respect as they engage with others in the community, language or topics that could become troublesome, legalities/requirements of the cohort interacting with their group, other things to build mindfulness. The purpose of the exercise was to bring additional awareness into the cohort about the difference between intent and impact on others in the community.

Guests for Fishbowl Dialogue included:

The second day brought individual presentations and collaborative exercises from five facilitators on a variety of topics including:

  • Key Learnings, Prepare Practice and Present – Ben Pires
  • Giving and receiving feedback, Unpack the tools and practice, Prepare Practice and Present – Kimberley Newton
  • Unpack the tools and practice, Prepare Practice and Present – Diana Smith
  • Powerful Presentations, Prepare Practice and Present – Brendan Mather
  • Powerful Presentations, Prepare Practice and Present – Tracy Scott'

A HUGE thank-you to all of our wonderful facilitators and guest speakers who were able to join us for the November CLD's.

Those who could come spend the day with us found that the topics presented were meaningful and appropriate for the development of the community projects they will develop throughout the program. One of our participants stated that “Being a participant of the Leadership Victoria has been such a wonderful and inspiring experience. I am really proud to be part of the Leadership Victoria Community”.

We look forward to our next Community Learning Days on December 9th & 10th; be sure to check back on our blog for future updates! For more information on our Community Leadership Development Program or to find out if this program is for you click here. 


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