Alumni Opportunity: Enhancing your Non-Profit Leadership Practice

In times of constant change the non-profit sector needs great leadership! And our leaders come from many places - on-the-ground volunteers to board members, front-line staff to Executive Directors. 

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Leaders Create Healthy Communities

Dr. Trevor Hancock's presentation at the Leadership Victoria AGM on November 17 elicited a great discussion about what makes a healthy community, and how we know when we're living in one.


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Alumni Profile: Lara Lauzon

Lara Lauzon is a graduate from the first cohort of Leadership Victoria! If you're involved in health, wellness and exercise in Greater Victoria, chances are pretty good that you have met Lara or been influenced by some of her work. We asked Lara to answer five questions for our November 2015 Alumni Profile. 

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Wanted: Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Are you keen to build a community of caring, skilled community leaders? Do you have the skills and passion to develop and lead alumni activities for Leadership Victoria? We are looking for a volunteer Alumni Engagement Coordinator, ideally for a one year commitment. Read on for the detailed position description...

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Workshop Series Leadership Contract Opportunity

Leadership Victoria is looking for a special person to work with us on a contract basis from now until June 2016. This person will help us to design, plan, coordinate and host a workshop series for grassroots organizers and community volunteers. We're accepting Expressions of Interest until November 12 at 4pm. Please take a look and consider if this is something that would be a fit for you!

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Launch 2015

The Community Leadership Development Program launched with a resounding cheer on September 18, with a weekend of learning and team challenges at the Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education Centre. As the new Executive Director, I attended the graduation celebration of the 2014-15 program last May, which showed me the finishing point for our community leaders. The Launch Weekend gave me a whole new appreciation for the journey our participants navigate, by showing me the beginnings. 

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LV Alumni Profile: Lee Herrin

We asked LV Alumni Lee Herrin (LV'07) to answer five questions as our first Alumni Profile. Read on to discover more about this intriguing man who has a distinctive approach to leadership... and style!

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Seeing Systems: Community Learning Day

Leadership Victoria's alumni, volunteers, directors, mentors, friends and fans are invited to take part in the October 24 Community Learning Day. You'll be an active, learning participant as we explore the terrain of power, relationships and complex systems. This workshop is part of our Community Leadership Development Program, and thanks to the generosity of our workshop facilitators Shauna Fenwick and Phil Cady, we are able to open up the session to a wider audience!

Join us:

October 24, 2015, 8:30am-4:30pm
The Quarterdeck, Royal Roads University

Space is limited, so please sign up early. The fee for this one-day program is $40 - covering all your food and snack breaks, and your entry into this highly-regarded workshop.

Recruiting community leaders

It's July, and the streets (and parks) of Victoria are filled with visitors and locals soaking up the warmth and enjoying all of the beauty and excitement that our city offers.

Here at Leadership Victoria, we are preparing excitedly for the 15th class of our Community Leadership Development Program. We phone nearly 200 employers in the area to invite them to support an employee, and we reach out to community activists and volunteers who may want to invest in their own development over the next year.

Our class of 2016 is about half-full right now, and there are three weeks to go until our application deadline. The diversity and quality of applicants is amazing this year - our 15th graduating class will certainly make a big impact on Greater Victoria! I can't wait to see what they get up to in their Community Action Projects.

If you, or someone you know, are looking for a way to get better connected to the community and learn some skills that will help you be an effective organizer and leader, why not make an application?

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Leadership Victoria’s class of 2015 will celebrate visionary action and community service on Wednesday (May 13), as they mark the completion of the 14th cohort of this nine-month experiential community leadership development program. 21 graduates will receive their Certificates of Community Leadership and share the results of four innovative community action projects (CAPs).


Leadership Victoria's 2014-15 Class is: Ben Robertson, Brad Finerty, Brian Tebo, Caroline Herbert, Carrie Everett, Christine Jack, Christine Kenwood, Deb Hopkins, Derek Yeo, Erika Ladouceur, Kathy Caveney, Kevin O'Brien, Kristy Brugman, Leanna Young, Linda Nicoll, Lorena Lennox, Mary Kelly, Meghan Thorneloe, Sabrina Studney, Sophie Wood, Wendy Dunn.

The Leadership Victoria program addresses the social challenges of our community, while equipping participants from all walks of life with the skills to identify opportunities and put solutions into action.

  • Orange Your Workplace created a learning workshop event for local employers to explore the issue of violence against women in the Victoria area, the negative impact the issue can have on business, and proactive steps that can be implemented to educate and support employees.
  • Listen Up Victoria raised awareness of the healing power of music in order to increase opportunities for individuals to benefit from music therapy. In partnership with Music Heals and accredited music therapists, the Listen Up Victoria project led an iPod drive which attracted hundreds of donated mp3 players for use in music therapy.
  • The Beyond the Box project raised awareness of the 133 kids currently on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria & Area (BBBS) waitlist and of the value of clothing donations and small household items in the agency’s operations.
  • “Is Your Number Up?” used televised public service announcements, a social media campaign, and information sharing to increase the public's understanding of the importance of address visibility and to provide tips to maximize address visibility for emergency responders.