On March 10th, our cohort met at the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary to discuss the role of Tourism and Local Government in our community, and to explore how our "web of connections" allow us to support and create community change.
The discussion on Tourism's Role in our community was lead by the impressive Paul Nursey (Tourism BC, President and CEO). The Local Government section was lead in a panelist style with four prominent members of council or organizations throughout Greater Victoria. Our participants were able to create a connections web and explore the ways that changing priorities affects your plans and current projects.
Local Government Panel:
District of Saanich Councillor Fred Haynes
Kelly Lynn Kurta, Greater Victoria Festival Society
City of Victoria Councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe
Susan Low, Executive Director - Leadership Victoria Society (moderator)
Cairine Green, former Councillor, District of Oak Bay and North Saanich
DiSC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Conscientiousness): Dimensions of Leadership
The Cohort was able to learn about the eight dimensions of Leadership (shown below) to learn more about how their DiSC style connects with their leadership style. The group also participated in role playing to consciously practice styles outside their own DiSC preferences and to manage various difficult leadership scenarios.
One of our participants found that:
"The diverse leaders facilitated a better understanding of the structures of the community and how to make a change. It was fascinating to listen to the Councilors, their stories, their values and their encouragement to get involved in the community in order to make changes. l learned that the Community is a complex structure and we need to analyze the steps needed to engage the diverse stakeholders, change the processes and make a difference. Our Community Projects are starting to be 'more real'."
Thank-you to our facilitators: Fiona Prince, Holly Courtright, Susan Low