The Community Leadership Development Program has been called life-changing by many of our graduates. It's a full immersion in your personal development as a leader, and you won't look at your community in the same way afterwards.
So how do you know if this is what you really want to do?
We invite you to review our most frequently asked questions below. If you still have questions. Don't hesitate to contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions
During the Course
What makes you different from other leadership programs?
Many leadership programs teach the theory of leadership that will allow you to manage your teams more effectively. We do something different.
We teach the theory, we provide the incubator to put the learning into action and we challenge you to complete a real life project that meets a significant need in our community. We connect you to local influencers who want to live and create a massive local difference. We share your success with the community and continue to connect you with our community long after graduation.
Who is the ideal program candidate?
This course is for leaders who are looking to deepen their local influence. It will challenge you. Your time will be full and you and your peers will rely on one another to accomplish your goals.
The program is intense. On top of scheduled Community Learning Days, leaders will be expected to engage 6-8 hours a week on program activities, online learning, team coaching, team meetings, and integration for our Community Action Projects (CAP).
What kind of background do students come from?
Our students include new, aspiring and experienced leaders and managers from large organizations, federal, provincial and municipal government, academic institutions, new business entrepreneurs and leaders from local not-for-profit organizations.
Represented organizations include the Victoria Foundation, UVIC, Telus, The Cridge Centre, Boys and Girls Club of Victoria, BC transit, Fernwood NRG, BC Ministry of Health, Cool Aid Society, District of Saanich, the City of Victoria, Camosun, the Ministry of Education, and more.
Who's in the program?
Check out this page with our students and alumni
How many people are in a cohort?
We enroll between 25-30 applicants a year. The full cohort will meet on a regular basis over the course of the program for team building activities, facilitated learning and other events. Your cohort will be divided into Community Action Project teams, generally around 5 people, who will work closely together to complete your Community Action Project.
You’ll have plenty of chances to meet everyone in the program.
Is this accredited?
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.
During the Program
How much of a time commitment should I expect?
In addition to participating in the Orientation and CLDs and other scheduled events, you can expect to spend 6-8 hours each week independently or in collaboration with your teams 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.
Who leads the teaching days?
Each session of the workshop is led by a cadre of local Victoria influencers. Our coaches and facilitators are deeply engaged with students in individual and group work. Facilitators come from educational institutions, local public service organizations, private organizations and included professional facilitators.
How do you balance theory and practical learning?
Leadership Victoria's flagship program is based on a blend of 70/20/10 for experiential, peer engagement and theory respectively. Our training is delivered in a blend of face-to-face workshops with online classrooms that will be accessible 24/7. The program also includes a significant project component with community partners. These projects are the vessel to put your learning into action.
You can read more here: Program Components - What to Expect
We combine exclusive content (online and in live workshops) with open public events so you can deepen your connections to the leaders of Victoria.
What is your class attendance policy?
This is a rapid paced course and your team members are counting on you and every other student to be fully present. We ask every leader to manage their time and take this process as seriously as the rest of us.
What happens if I have a life or family and work gets in the way?
You are in good company. Most of our students have full-time jobs or strenuous freelance schedules. We’ve created an intensive timeline that is designed to stretch you. But it will still be manageable given your real-life responsibilities and you’ll be surrounded by a local community that is truly passionate about creating the Victoria of the future.
We require leaders to commit to the demands of the course - attendance at all events is expected and where there is a conflict in your schedule, all program participants are expected to independently resolve those issues in order to be present for their team.
What are the Community Learning Days (CLDs)?
The Community Leadership Development 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.
Each year, one or two of our Community Learning Days are opened to other members of the community (by invitation), so that we can share our learning experience as well as hear the input and perspectives of a wider range of participants.
What are the dates for the Community Learning Days (CLDs)?
Dates for the 2019-2020 Program are as follows:
Program Orientation for all students and volunteers:
Thursday September 12th, 2019 5:00-8:00
The opening retreat is October 5th and 6th at the Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education and Conference Facility.
The Community Learning Days are:
Our final day of reflection and celebration is March 7th.
The venues and facilities for the learning days will often shift from location to location throughout the Greater Victoria area. We try to provide a sample of public, private and community facilities to expose learners to the variety of resources available in our community. Each venue offers a unique experiences, amenities, and costs.
In 2018-2019 we used CHEK News, Yakimovich Wellness Centre, Burnside Gorge Community Centre, The Wardroom at CFB Esquimalt, and the McTavish Academy of Art as our CLD facilities. Our graduation was at the Gorge Vale Golf Course.
What is MyLeadershipDevelopment the online virtual classroom?
Leading up the the start of the program, you will be given access to an online virtual classroom. This virtual classroom 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.
What are the Community Action Projects (CAP)?
Leadership is much more than theory. Together we expand your learning by putting your new skills into action. Learners are organized into teams, matched with a team coach and work together on a Community Action Project (CAP), which serves as a "learning lab" for leadership development and delivers a direct benefit to the community.
Teams partner with our key 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 and our community.
In 2018-2019, we worked with our Community Partner Our Place Society to find meaningful solutions to the homelessness crisis in the area. Teams were responsible to identify short term housing opportunities and engage with local stakeholders to get a detailed list of available land and spaced, prioritized based on community readiness.
How do we determine the focus for Community Action Projects?
Our CAP projects are determined by the real needs of our annual partners and through the Vital Signs report card developed by the Victoria Foundation. Each team will be provided with a Community Action Project that will match a real need in our community.
How often do we meet for our Community Action Projects?
Community Action Project teams and their team coaches meet weekly throughout the program, on a schedule set up by each team as a mutually convenient time. Teams may meet face-to-face as well as online through a collaboration tool.
What is your leadership pedagogy?
We believe in a collaborative leadership where influence is measured by service over title. You can read more about our approach here:
What is the cost?
The tuition for 2019-2020 is $2500. Tuition is due to complete registration and secure your seat in the program.
Is there an early-bird payment option?
For applications received on or before June 19th, and registration completed by June 26th the early bird cost is $2250.
Is there a payment plan?
Yes. Tuition can be paid in installments. All instalment arrangements must be approved by the Program Manager.
The full cost of tuition is due before September 1st. If you require installments to be made after September 1st, a $150 fee will apply.
Are Bursaries Available?
Yes. Bursaries are available to those who show the desire to participate with the need for financial assistance. Bursaries are provided by local partners who support local NFP leaders to participate in the program. Bursaries can be the full tuition cost or a portion of the tuition, based on the needs of the applicants.
The bursary selection process will assess the charitable status of an organization, the financial need of the organization or individual, the history of involvement with Leadership Victoria, the suitability of the candidate and the wishes of the bursary funder.
Bursary applications must be received by June 19th, 2019. They are available by contacting the Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bursary Awards will be announced June 26th. Any unused or new bursary funds will be allotted at the discretion of Leadership Victoria.
Bursary recipients are required to meet expectations outlined in the bursary application. Receiving a bursary is contingent on completion of the program. Recipients who do not complete the program will be required to pay to Leadership Victoria an amount equivalent to of the bursary provided.
How should I share this with my employer?
Leadership Victoria has a long standing relationship with several employers around the area. If you are interested in participating with financial support from your employer, please speak to your HR department. Many participants find their employer is willing to fund all or part of the cost of the program.
Leadership Victoria staff are happy to discuss the benefits of the program with an employer.
You may want to review the following to help explain the benefit to your employer: Is this Right for My Employee? (Benefits for Employers)
What is the application process?
We make it easy to start your leadership journey.
- Complete your initial application.
- After preliminary review, a secondary application will be sent to you to complete.
- The selection committee will review your applications and contact you for a phone or Zoom interview.
- If you are selected, you will complete your full registration package including payment of tuition to secure your seat.
When are applications due?
On April 5th: Applications will be available for submission.
On June 19th: Applications must be received to be eligible for early-bird rates. Bursary applications are due.
June 26th: Bursary recipients will be announced.
August 1st: Application Dealine
How do we select applicants?
We consider all applications and build a cohort that represents the diversity of Greater Victoria. When we assess our participants we look for people who:
- demonstrated leadership potential and a desire to learn
- a strong desire to engage in the community
- connection to greater Victoria
- active commitment to the team to go above and beyond for all program requirements
What is necessary to complete the full registration package?
Once you have received notification of your acceptance into the program, you will be required to complete your registration with additional information.
- A completed registration survey.
- A signed contract and personal commitment to learning.
- Tuition is payable upon your acceptance into the program.
- Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable after the September 1st.
Is it worth it?
Leadership Victoria is a sprint. A short program with challenging community projects. The notion of a sprint, of leaning in and committing to growth, means that Leadership Victoria is not for everyone.
Leadership Victoria isn’t your typical leadership course. It’s a network for leaders that want to reach the next level of local influence and gain momentum to run with local leaders.
It is not for everyone. It's for leaders