Two Northern Lights College staff members were participants in the Leading Communities B.C. Community Leadership Training held in Dawson Creek over the past five months.
Pam Eales, coordinator of trades and apprenticeship, and Christabelle Kux-Kardos, regional literacy coordinator, were selected to be part of the 21-member group.
Dawson Creek was one of three communities in British Columbia chosen to participate in the program that works with potential and experienced leaders in rural communities to develop and enhance their leadership skills.
?The skills we learned could be used personally and professionally,? said Eales. ?We covered all aspects. It didn?t matter whether you were a volunteer or a leader. What I got out of it was there are so many different types of leaders.?
The local group included a cultural cross-section of people ranging in age from 14-84 years. The group met one weekend each month ? about 70 hours in total ? starting in September for five months. Leading Communities BC is based on the premise that broad based community leadership is a central element for building healthy, sustainable communities. Through the Leading Communities BC program, participants develop personal, collaborative, and community and transformational leadership skills. Sessions focused on community improvement, role-playing, engaging volunteers, and building off successes. ?This type of training should go to every organization in every community. It teaches you to be more understanding and more effective. The community as a whole benefits,? said Kux-Kardos.
Eales said that she would be able to apply what she learned directly to the formation of trades and apprenticeship advisory committees for the College.
?How do I engage community members? What?s in it for them? The whole idea of bettering our programs is building on our successes. What did we do right, and how can we continue that,? Eales said. For more information on their participation in this program, contact Eales or Kux-Kardos at 250-782-5251.