Program Nuts and Bolts

Leadership Victoria's flagship program is based on a blend of theory and experience in the community.

We bring together learners from diverse backgrounds, who work in business, non-profit, academic and government environments, and put you to work in collaborative teams.

Each aspect of the program is considered integral to the structure of learning, so we consider all of these components to be required for graduation.

The schedule for 2019-2020 will be announced soon. 

We are expecting a start date of September 12th, with the final learning day on March 7th, 2020.   

2018-2019 Leadership Orientation Session:

At CHEK News Building 780 Kings Road

November 1, 5-8 pm

Meet your learning collegues and the facilitators/coaches who will guide your Community Leadership Development experience!

We explore what it means to have a "healthy community" and what you're most passionate about.

At this session, we introduce you to our community partner and provide you with the resources and info you need to prepare for the months ahead.

Thank you to CHEK News for providing the space for our orientation. 


Leadership Launch 2018-19:

November 16, 5-8:30 pm and November-17, 8:30 am-4 pm  

At Yakimovich Wellness Centre 1454 Hillside Ave

At the Leadership Launch, you'll have an opportunity to get to know your fellow participants. Ultimately, leadership is about teamwork and collaboration. The Launch sets the environment and the activities to build on this important dynamic, and to ensure everyone is positioned for success over the following months. 

It's also a great deal of fun!

Community Learning Days (CLDs)

Over the period of November to February the program unfolds in a series of day-long learning sessions called Community Learning Days. In each Community Learning Day you will focus on a particular aspect of the community in Victoria, as well as on the fundamental skills of community leadership.

A variety of guest speakers and local leaders participate in Community Learning Days, voluntarily sharing their wealth of knowledge, insights, skills, and experience with learners. These activities reflect the diversity of our community. 

During Community Learning Days, you'll gain knowledge and build skills in support of the four pillars of Community Leadership, which you'll then put to work in your Community Action Project.

For the 2018-19 program year, Community Learning Days will fall on:

December 15-Burnside Gorge Community Center  8:30-4:00

January 19- WardRoom CFB Esquimalt, 8:30-4:30

February 16-McTavish Academy of Art, 8:30-4:30


Online Virtual Classroom: MyLeadershipDevelopment

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.

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 through the MyLeadershipDevelopment collaboration tool.

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

New in 2019-2020, 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 on September 12th.