CPN Member Profile: Leadership Victoria: Creating Diverse and Impactful Community Leaders
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Since 2000, Leadership Victoria has been the go-to organization for leadership development in Greater Victoria. Leadership Victoria has been a member of the Community Partnership Network (CPN) since 2014. As part of its commitment to fostering inclusion and diversity, Leadership Victoria focuses on developing and training participants to be active leaders and change-makers in the community.
The LV program consists of 50 professional mentors who volunteer their time to share their knowledge and experience with participants. These mentors bring a rich background in academia, government, business and not for profit organizations. Over the course of the LV’s four-month program, mentors and participants collaborate to work on community-based projects. Since is founding, more than 325 alumni have completed the Leadership Victoria program.
The teaching approach of Leadership Victoria is based on four pillars of community leadership:
- know and manage one’s self,
- lead through influence,
- navigate community systems, and;
- make things happen.
Each year a group of Leadership Victoria participants collaborate in project teams. Together they take on a key community action project (CAP) that aims to improve inclusion and promote diversity. For example, one team recently created the Booster Bench Project that promotes inclusion and anti-bullying among youth. Another team created the Get Your Ship Together Project that provided life skills training for at-risk youth.
Beginning November 2018, the Leadership Victoria CAP teams will work with exclusively with Our Place Society to help tackle homelessness and support affordable housing initiatives. Mark Crocker is the new energetic Executive Director of Leadership Victoria. Mark explained that the partnership with Our Place ensures that the Leadership Victoria teams continue to “collaborate to make local, lasting change that is meaningful and relevant.” Similar partnerships will be developed for future community action projects.
Leadership Victoria is committed to fostering leaders committed to improving community through meaningful and diverse collaborations. Mark states: “If we don’t have diversity in Leadership Victoria’s personal engagement strategies then we don’t know what we will be missing.”
As Leadership Victoria moves into the coming year, plans are for them to broaden their outreach and recruit both participants and professional mentors who reflect the growing diversity of Greater Victoria and embody the Leadership Victoria motto: “Change the world, starting here. We’re not for everyone. We’re for leaders.”
For more information about Leadership Victoria and how you can get involved, please visit their website: www.leadershipvictoria.ca
Top photo: Recent graduating class of Leadership Victoria participants.
Second photo: Mark Crocker, Executive Director of Leadership Victoria