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 general theory that will allow you to manage your teams more effectively anywhere in the world. This is great. We do something different.
We introduce leaders in local influencers who want to live and create a massive local difference in Victoria, BC
Who is the ideal Leadership Victoria 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 and leaders will be expected to engage 6-8 hours a week on program activities, online and live learning at our Community Learning Days (CLD), team coaching, team sessions, and integration for our Community Action Projects (CAP).
What kind of background do students come from?
Our students include managers at large organizations, leaders employed by local government, new business boot-strappers and entrepreneurs at non-profits.
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 class?
We enroll between 20-30 applicants a year. Your cohort will be divided into study groups of 5. Over the course you will get to know your Community Action Project (CAP) team quite well as you collaborate on projects. 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 Course
How much of a time commitment should I expect?
In addition to participating in the Orientation and four 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.
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.
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. 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.
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 project component with community partners. 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.
If you feel unable to commit to the time requirements we understand, the program is not for everyone. We invite you to apply next year.
What are the 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.
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)?
For the 2018-19 program year, Community Learning Days will fall on:
- November 16-17
- December 15
- January 19
- February 16
Dates, times, and venues are subject to change and will be confirmed at the start of the program in November.
What is MyLeadershipDevelopment the online virtual classroom?
Immediately following your Orientation Session on November 1, you will be given access to MyLeadershipDevelopment, your 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.
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 of 5-6 people, 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.
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 the MyLeadershipDevelopment collaboration tool.
What are the key dates in the calendar?
1. LEADERSHIP ORIENTATION SESSION: NOVEMBER 1, 5-8 PM
Meet your learning colleagues 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.
2. LEADERSHIP LAUNCH 2018-19: NOVEMBER 16, 5-8:30 PM AND NOVEMBER-17, 8:30 AM-4 PM
Your Community Leadership Development begins with an engaging face-to-face 1 1/2 day Launch where you will meet your your fellow leaders and dive deep into your leadership self-knowledge and take stock of your leadership competencies. The leader you are going to become begins to take shape.
Ultimately, the Launch sets you up with the peer leaders you will be intensely working with during the course. It's also a great deal of fun.
3. COMMUNITY LEARNING DAY: DECEMBER 15, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
4. COMMUNITY LEARNING DAY: JANUARY 19, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
5. COMMUNITY LEARNING DAY: FEBRUARY 16, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE SESSIONS (one hour evening sessions): December 6; January 10; February 14 & 21
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 2018-19 is offered at $2000 per participant. That is part of the cost. You will also need to put in the time if you want to succeed. We require commitment from our students. Commitment develops leaders who stand out and change the world.
Employer or bursary sponsored participants are required to pay an individual tuition fee of $250 as personal commitment for the program.
Is there an early-bird payment option?
Yes. $1925.00. If you pay your entire tuition by August 31, 2018 your tuition costs will be reduced by $75.
Is there a payment plan?
Yes. You can pay the tuition in four equal payments of $525 for a total of $2100. Payment is due on the 15th of the month for Sept, Oct, Nov, and Dec.
Are Bursaries Available?
Limited bursaries are available. Recipients are preferred from the not-for-profit sector and must demonstrate financial need. Bursaries cover a portion of program costs.
How should I share this with my employer?
Some participants are referred to the program by their employers. Leadership Victoria works with employers to ensure our application processes are aligned.
Many participants find their employer is willing to fund part of the cost of the program on their behalf. Check with your HR department to see if you are eligible.
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 application.
- The selection committee will review your application.
- If you are selected, you must complete your full registration package and pay your registration fee by the deadline.
When are applications due?
Early-bird registration is August 15, 2018 ($1925.00)
Regular registration is September 15, 2018 ($2000.00)
What important information should I share in my Application?
Introduce yourself, explain your interest in the program, and share your current and past community and work leadership experiences.
You will need to upload your resume and your references.
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
- intrinsically engaged in the community
- strong connection to greater Victoria and dedicated to our future
- 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 initial acceptance into the program, you will be required to complete your registration with additional information:
- Applicants who are selected for the program will submit an Employer Commitment of Support form to indicate the support of your employer to any missed days of work. (The Employer Commitment step will not apply if you're self-employed or not currently employed)
- Your personal 250 word bio and a professional style headshot photo
- Your personal commitment to learning
- A questionnaire reviewing your personal needs for the program, including: dietary restrictions, emergency contacts, community project theme ranking of interest and "one fact about me no one knows"
- Tuition is payable upon your acceptance into the program. Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable after the program launch. If you are self-funding and wish to discuss monthly payment options, please contact the program manager.
Is it worth it?
Leadership Victoria is a sprint. 4-months, tough projects and 325+ people like us, all moving towards lasting local influence. The notion of a sprint, of leaning in and committing to growth, means that Leadership Victoria, a $2,000 class, is not for everyone. It’s not for people who are content with everything as it is. It’s not for people who are padding a resume.
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
November 2018 - February 2019