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.



The program includes:

NEW! 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!

Sign up for a Free CLDP Information Session

Here's an opportunity to get a preview of what the program is all about. We'll explore the principles and basic concepts behind our approach to community leadership development. You'll be able to ask questions of the Executive Director, somebody who has completed the program, and some of our volunteer facilitators.

We will schedule Information Sessions in Spring 2018 Community Leadership Development Program. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, please contact Executive Director at the Leadership Victoria office to discuss the program! 250-385-6088.

 Community Action Project Spotlight: Celebrate Music Therapy Awareness 

March is National Music Therapy Month so we thought it would be fitting to highlight our amazing Community Action Project from 2014/2015 Hope-Collective: Listen Up Victoria!

Music Therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an Accredited Music Therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development (adapted from CAMT press release).

There are many ways to celebrate and promote music therapy in your community and this CLDP group decided to highlight this practice through their community action project.


Hope-Collective: Listen Up Victoria!

The primary focus of this project was to generate awareness of the therapeutic benefits of music to connect individuals to their emotions, memories and a feeling of belonging. The team collaborated with music therapists and the Music Heals Foundation to promote these benefits and collected iPod devices through drop off sites throughout the Victoria community. The iPods were then distributed to various long term care facilities for the benefit of residents with various disabilities.

Visit Listen Up Victoria’s Facebook Page to learn more about this initiative and see how this team boosted awareness of music therapy through Listen Up Victoria Month.


“Leadership Victoria was exactly what I needed to take a step forward in my life.  It gave me the opportunity to explore my own values, develop a sense of who I am and how I can contribute to our community in a meaningful way.  The lessons I learned at Leadership Victoria acted as a catalyst in my decision to change my career; one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  I am forever thankful for my experience with Leadership Victoria and continually encourage others to consider this gift!”

Tracey2011-12 Cohort | Not-for-Profit Sector


“Leadership Victoria’s Community Action Project had an incredible impact on the Victoria Community Micro Lending SocietyWhen Team M$cro Solution graduated from Leadership Victoria, they left behind a comprehensive mentorship program and 15 trained volunteer mentors. Before Team M$cro, all that existed was an idea. Their impact will continue to be felt long after graduation.”

Major Lisa Helps | City of Victoria  

Victoria Community Micro Lending Society & Community Action Project Sponsor