Retreat 2016: A Participant's Thoughts

The 2016 Leadership Victoria (LV) program retreat went above and beyond expectations. The 2016/2017 Community Leadership Development cohort participated in a weekend full of memorable, and fun, workshops designed to translate personal styles and strengths into increased leadership competencies and a common vision of "the community of our dreams". 

The Cowichan Outdoor Education Centre graciously allowed us to use their space and it was a huge hit! One of the participants, Maria, stated that "The Cowichan Education Centre was the perfect scenario for such an amazing learning opportunity. I love the place, the Leadership Victoria program, the Committee/Coaches and Participants!" The creatively designed space allowed the learners and facilitators to comfortably interact and coordinate ideas in a relaxed atmosphere, and let personality strengths develop in the absence of stress.

LV_Retreat_Sep_2016_B-148.jpg2016/2017 LV Cohort at the Cowichan Education Centre 

Maria has found the Leadership Victoria Program to be a "very exciting and rewarding opportunity in our own community." The retreat was centered around working and learning alongside team members and she found that "the idea of learning with my team members about my community, and developing a project that could be beneficial for our community, is inspiring and deeply satisfying."

The retreat provided the opportunity for this year's participants to build trust with one another and with the coaching/facilitating team that will guide their experience through the year. Ultimately, the retreat helped to solidify shared visions about leadership, and opened conversations for what this year's participants will do with their Community Action Projects. 


Stay tuned for our Community Learning Days from October 2016 - May 2017. The community learning days will include local guest speakers and workshops that will provide the leadership theory and tools to help build local community action projects. For more information on last year's 2015/2016 community action projects click here

Maria (center of picnic table) enjoying her time at the retreat and collaborating with Val & Libby's Team (team names are being created and will be announced soon).  



Why do we include group projects in our program?

Group projects.

Oh yeah. You know what we're talking about. If you've been in formal education in the past 30 years (or more), you know the mixed feelings about group projects. They can be the best of times, they can be the worst of times. At best, they give you a chance to accomplish something greater than you could individually; something that you find proud of, and something that is meaningful. At worst, they force you to get along with and work alongside people you don't like and don't "get", which pushes all kinds of buttons.

And those are both really good reasons why Leadership Victoria incorporates team-based Community Action Projects into our Community Leadership Development Program. 

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We're Hiring a Community Outreach Coordinator

Are you fanatical about communication and want to make a difference to a non-profit organization that has “potential” written all over it? Do you want to practice your social media skills, help put on terrific events, and learn-by-doing fundraising and sponsorship marketing? Are you organized, reliable, picky about details, and still easy to be around? Do you feel passionately about spelling, grammar, and punctuation? (#OxfordCommaForever)

If all of this describes you, then you might be just the right person to be our Community Outreach Coordinator.  Read on!

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Positive impact through bringing together partners

Leadership Victoria celebrated our 15th graduating class in the Community Leadership Development Program last Wednesday. While there will be more pictures and another blog post coming about that, today I want to share something that makes me really proud to be part of the Leadership Victoria family as Executive Director.

Each of our four Community Action Project teams made a presentation about their projects, and as I listened and watched their stories, something really important stuck out to me: the many new partnerships that have formed this year through these projects. While often the eye is drawn to the tangible result of the projects (life skills training, bikes, benches, and a garden), a longer-lasting positive impact for the community comes from the partnerships and new relationships among organizations and people in the community.

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A Healthy Leader is a Strong Leader! Checking in with Erika Ladouceur (LV '15)

Erika Ladouceur is the winner of the 2016 Leadership Victoria Alumni Award, and a terrific example of how LV alumni contribute to a healthier community in Greater Victoria.

We wanted to learn and share some aspects of her journey through the Community Leadership Development Program. Discover with us how Erika’s leadership development has translated into positive impacts in our community.

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Kids Help Phone "Walk So Kids Can Talk": Alumni in Action!

What we said: Let's go into the archives and find stories of LV alumni who are doing really cool things in the community. Then we can tell their stories, and help other alumni get connected to help out!

What happened next: We got an email from Kelly Tilsley (LV '08) the very next week. Kelly has been Chair of the Kids Help Phone "Walk so Kids Can Talk" for the past several years, and wants to let alumni know about the event. This is a great example of how the leadership skills that are gained through the Community Leadership Development Program really do have an impact on the community! Kelly actually got involved in the Kids Help Phone work because of an introduction from one of his 2008 cohort colleagues. Let's let him tell the story in his own words:

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Community Learning Day - Focus on Affordable Housing

How can community leaders make a positive impact on the issue of affordable housing shortage in Greater Victoria?

That's the whopper question that our Community Leadership Development class explored on April 15 in our Community Learning Day. Read on for more about this intense, challenging, eye-opening learning experience.

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How Can Your Board Make Progress?

In an ideal world, one strength of volunteer boards is that board members bring a diversity of expertise to help make decisions and problem solve for their organization. In reality, that doesn't always happen. Issues such as trust and openness (or the lack of it!) can get in the way, as can different leadership styles and conflicting agendas. 

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Being A Really Good Board Member

What does it take to be on a volunteer board? What does a director do? What do good boards have in common?

Organizations can find it challenging to recruit board members, in part because being a board member may sound like a lot of responsibility and work. However, there is a method to being a great board member that takes away the mystery and the fear. 

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Conflict - Making It Work For Your Organization

Conflict in a community organization can be incredibly frustrating for all involved. If everyone is there as a volunteer, and they have the same overall goals in mind, why does it happen so often? And how can people learn how to move through the conflict and on to productive and happy working relationships?

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