Program Nuts and Bolts

Founded in 2001, the Community Leadership Development Program is our flagship program. It takes emerging leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors and sets them up for success as community leaders. The program is based on a blend of theory and experience in the community.

The 2020-2021 Community Leadership Development Program is a six month learning journey that starts in October and runs through April 2021. We combine exclusive content (live workshops and online classrooms) with open public events so participants deepen their connections to the leaders of Greater Victoria.  The Program is designed to support the development of a skilled group of individuals from diverse backgrounds to overcome complex challenges in our community. Leadership Victoria has unique relationships with local employers, public institutions, community associations, and municipalities to create a wide cross-section of learners to create new, wider perspectives on community and leadership.  

Peer to peer learning is a key aspect of this successful program. 


Prior Learning Credit for Camosun College Leadership Development Certificate

Graduates of our program from 2015 onwards can present their Leadership Victoria program completion to apply for prior learning credit towards the Camosun College Certificate in Leadership Development. Our program is recognized as meeting the requirements for the core components (66 hours) of the Leadership Development Certificate.

The Community Leadership Development Program is an immersive six-month program with a history of building skilled leaders to support Strong and Resilient Communities.

Who is a good fit for the program:
• New and aspiring leaders looking to put new leadership skills and experiences into action to support meaningful change in the Capital Regional District.
• Experienced leaders looking to widen their professional and personal networks with local influencers who are passionate about creating a vibrant community.
• Individuals who collaborate with a team of peers within an organization to complete meaningful projects.
• Team members who will lead the corporate social responsibility of an organization.
What value does the program provide:

Graduates will demonstrate:

  • A deeper understanding of community leadership in practice, not just theory.
  • The expertise to provide effective leadership to overcome the complex challenges communities and organizations face.
  • Experience in leading a team to complete a meaningful community project through times of uncertainty and change. 
  • A deeper understanding of team dynamics and how to support them through project completion.
  • The ability to provide benefit to the community by alleviating pressure or weaknesses.
  • Creating meaningful change in our community.
  • Effective and compelling presentations to inspire commitment and action.
  •  wider network of like-minded community influencers to support collaboration and community action.

Learning Tools

Community Learning Days

Community Learning days happen every 3-4 weeks during the program.  Held on Saturdays, Community Learning Days include facilitated experiential learning activities to integrate the learning into your leadership toolbox. 

Community Action Projects

Expand your learning by putting your new skills into action! Learners are organized into teams of 5-6 people, matched with a team coach who acts as their liaison with Leadership Victoria and supports the team's process and development. Each team is provided with a Community Action Project, which serves as a "learning lab" for leadership development and delivers a direct benefit to the community. Teams partner with our community partner and other organizations or agencies, to resolve real-life challenging projects that will have a present-day impact and deliver future benefits to our partner.

Community Action Project teams and their team coaches meet regularly throughout the program, on a schedule set up by each team at a mutually convenient time. Most teams meet weekly, either face-to-face or online.  

Virtual Classroom: 

MyLeadershipDevelopment is your online gateway to resources, agendas, pre- and post-CLD assignments, group discussion forums, videos, webinars and online collaboration tools that will enrich your learning journey. You and your team will find all you need to make continued progress throughout the program.

Community of Practice Online Sessions

On occasion, your team will meet online (one hour, during the evening) with the other teams and discuss successes and challenges. This regular collaboration is essential to your process because it can reveal issues or problems that are common to everyone and that can be resolved quickly. Teams from previous years have found this collaboration to be vital to their success.

Peer to Peer Learning

The Community Leadership Development Program is designed to support the development of a skilled group of individuals from diverse backgrounds to overcome complex challenges in our community. Leadership Victoria has unique relationships with local employers, public institutions, community associations, and municipalities to create a wide cross-section of learners to create new, wider perspectives on community and leadership. Each learner comes with a unique background and perspective that will be a large part of your leadership learning.   

Time Commitment

While this is not an academic program requiring a great deal of study and paper-writing, we do expect learners to participate in activities that deepen understanding of leadership concepts and community issues.

In addition to participating in the Orientation and five CLDs, you can expect to spend 6-8 hours each week collaborating and preparing for Community Learning Days and completing your Community Action Project. This time is spent reading short articles, watching online videos, participating in webinars, collaborating with your colleagues in online discussions and reflective thinking. 

Workplace/Community Sharing

We encourage all participants to set up a group of colleagues in their workplace or a community organization where you volunteer, and "share out" or report to this group monthly or quarterly.

By sharing your learning about leadership, you'll solidify the concepts for yourself and spread the positive impact of your experience!

Evaluation Process

In 2020-2021, candidates must satisfactorily meet the following criteria in order to complete the program.  Evaluations will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Attendance at the Leadership retreat, and Community Learning Days.  Attendance at the retreat is mandatory.  Attendance at all Community Learning Days is expected.  If due to illness or emergency a participant is unable to attend, they are responsible to work with a peer to ensure they have received all key learning.  If a participant misses more than one Community Learning Day, they will be asked to demonstrate an understanding of the missed material.  
  2. Completion of all on-line modules and assignments.   This will include reading articles, watching videos or webinars and answering reflective questions to integrate the learning and ensure an understanding of the material presented.  At times, this may include a quiz or short essay questions.  
  3. Contribution to the team and the CAP project.  This will include attendance at team meetings and timely completion of expected tasks.  This will be evaluated through self-assessment, peer assessment and coach evaluation.  
  4. Participant will demonstrate key competencies. Throughout the program, there will be opportunities for participants to demonstrate the leadership competencies that are learned in the program. Each participant is required to adequately demonstrate an understanding of these competencies.  Competencies may include public speaking, technical writing, accessing community respurses.  A list of competencies required will be available at the orientation.   

2020-2021, Key Program Dates:

• September 23rd, Orientation for CAP Partners, Coaches, and Facilitators
• October 7th, Orientation, 6:30-9:00 PM
• October 24th and 25th, Opening Intensive, Full Days
• November 8th, Online Webinar 7:00-9:00 PM (virtual)
• November 14th, Community Learning Day #1, 8:30-5:00 PM (please be available from 3:00-4:00)
• November 14th-21st, One-Week Challenge (done in project teams)
• November 25th, Cohort, and Alumni Social
• December 5th, Community Learning Day #2, 8:30-5:00 PM
• December 21st-January 4th, Christmas Break
• January 9th, Community Learning Day #3, Introduction of CAP Projects
• January 13th, Online, Live webinar
• January 20th, Online Live Webinar
• January 27th, Networking Event, 6:30-9:00
• February 12th, Community of Practice Meeting, (virtual)
• February 20th, Community Learning Day #4
• March 2nd, Community of Practice Meeting, virtual
• March 20th, Community Learning Day #5
• March 31st, Final Presentations
• April 10th, Day of Reflection and Celebration
• April 28th, Graduation