Community Leadership Development (Core) Program

Community Leadership Development (Core) Program

The Community Leadership Development Program is at the Core of what we do. That’s why we call it the Core Program. It is designed to achieve our main objective: to ignite rising leaders to make positive change in Waterloo Region. How do we do that? We encourage, empower, enable and equip participants through practical and experiential learning opportunities.

The Core Program helps participants acquire both a broader understanding of the critical issues affecting our community and the leadership skills necessary to resolve them. This program prepares participants for the challenges of their own life-long leadership journeys, builds leadership skills, and develops an awareness for the rich opportunities for leadership in Waterloo Region.

In 2019 staff, partners and volunteers overhauled the Core Program to maximize the impact on our participants and on our community.



Guiding Framework

There are four key areas of impact that the Core Program focuses it’s work:

Community Understanding

Learning the history, critical issues, and current assets of our community and considering implications for the future.

Relationship Building

Creating opportunities to connect across a continuum of leaders.

Collaborative Leadership

Enhancing skills, knowledge, and personal awareness to build connections and effect positive change in the community.

Community Readiness

Fostering individual attitudes, knowledge and behaviours that spark informed and sustained activity across Waterloo Region.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the costs associated with the Core Program?

There is a $100 application fee that is due with your application. This can be paid by cheque or credit card. The tuition cost of $4,800 covers the entire program includeing but not limited to: all program materials, meals during Leadership Days, accommodations during opening/closing retreats. The tuition fee is due on or before the start of the program.

What if I can’t afford tuition?

Bursary support may be available!We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to grow as a leader and give back to our community. With the generous support of local businesses, bursaries are available to applicants that are not able to cover the full tuition amount. To apply for a bursary, please complete the bursary application form (link below) before the application deadline.

What are the program dates and what will I learn?

We are delighted to be able to present our classes with the latest in community leadership training. To learn more about the topics we cover and the schedule for the Class of 2021 schedule click here. For an overview of the Affordable Housing Solutions Lab group project, click here.

What is the selection process? When will I know if I’m in the program?

We welcome applications from people who demonstrate leadership qualities and are committed to creating a new network of informed and dedicated community leaders. A selection committee will review your application. Eligible candidates will be asked to participate in an in-person interview.

All applicants will be notified about their status at least four weeks prior to the program’s September start date.

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