Release Date: Feb 18, 2009
Community leaders and volunteers from the non-profit and voluntary sector, as well as students from Sheridan College, came together to build their leadership capacity at the February 18 Leadership Matters Forum held at Halton Region. Bay Area Leadership, Halton Region, Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton, United Way of Oakville, and Volunteer Halton provided resources and jointly planned the leadership development opportunity.
“Leadership is essential to building strong communities,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “We know the non-profit and voluntary sector is an integral part of our community and leadership development for this sector strengthens organizations to help them do what they do best—responding to the needs of the people living in our community.”
The keynote address by Dr. Vince Molinaro, author of The Leadership Gap, provided participants with strategies to bridge their own leadership gap—a gap that prevents many organizations from successfully facing the challenges of today and planning for the opportunities of tomorrow.
“In the non-profit and voluntary sector, building leadership is vital because every leader matters,” says Dr. Molinaro. “In fact, building leadership capacity has become a new organizational capability. That’s just a fancy way of saying that organizations have to get good at building leadership required for their future success. It begins by learning to think about leadership capacity as a business issue. From there, organizations need to implement a disciplined pathway for building leadership for the future.” Following Dr. Molinaro’s keynote address, forum participants attended leadership workshops lead by industry leaders who specialize in leadership best practices. The sessions also provided participants with the opportunity to hear about the ongoing leadership development resources and programs available to Halton organizations.
The workshops covered a wide variety of leadership topics in the areas of personal, organizational and community leadership. Session facilitators provided hands-on tools for addressing today’s leadership challenges, including leading through change, succession planning and evaluation. All sessions shared a common goal—building the leadership capacity of the non-profit and voluntary sector and, in turn, our community. “Halton’s non-profit and voluntary sector touches every aspect of our lives,” says Don McCreesh, Chair, Imagine Canada. “When we build and support strong leadership within our charitable organizations, we, in turn create a sector that is best positioned for change and for opportunity. Our communities are the ultimate winners.”
The forum concluded with a panel discussion on strategies for building a culture of leadership for the Halton community. Panel members included David Collie, President and CEO, Burlington Hydro Electric Inc. and Chair of United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton; Larry Duong, Student Council President, Sheridan College; Don McCreesh, Chair, Imagine Canada; and Ann Mulvale, United Way of Oakville Campaign Cabinet Chair.
For more information visit www.halton.ca/leadershipmatters or call Halton Region at 905-825-6000. Toll free: 1-866-442-5866. TTY 905-827-9833.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 450,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; Ontario Works (formerly social assistance); children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and business development. For more information, Dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.
Commissioner, Social & Community Servicess
905-825-6000 ext. 7094
Alternate Media Contact:
Stacey Hunter, Communications Specialist
905-825-6000 ext. 7529