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:Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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?Read more
Volunteer management pessimists talk about the decline of volunteering in our society, but what if that isn't the whole story? While traditional community organizations are experiencing a decline in signed-up members, people are still volunteering their time and making a difference in their community. How do you, as a community organizer, tap into people's enthusiasm and community spirit?Read more
It can be great belonging to a community organization - getting to know people with similar interests, doing things that make a difference, and celebrating your accomplishments. But sometimes it's hard to make those things happen; people can get stuck doing things the way they have always been done and become so focused on the "now" that there is no chance to get a vision for the future. That is where strategic planning comes in.Read more
Leading in Community offers half-day, full-day combination and evening training workshops for people on working boards, in community associations, parent advisory groups, sports and cultural organizations and other community groups.Read more
If you're interested in non-profit work or any kind of social change as an extracurricular adventure, you'll want to read The Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Allison H. Fine. Beth Kanter in particular is an author you'll want to follow.
I took this home over the weekend from our rather large Leadership & Non-profits library here at Leadership Victoria, and zoomed through it faster than I get through most non-fiction books. The writing style is snappy and concise, and the authors know whereof they speak.Read more