Jessica Hutchison, Hospice of Waterloo Region

Jessica Hutchison,
Hospice of Waterloo Region

Leadership Waterloo Region Class of 2014

The Leadership Waterloo Region Core Program had been intriguing to me for several years before I actually applied for the program. I wanted to gain more experience in a leadership role prior to applying so that I wouldn't only be learning through Leadership Waterloo Region, but also contributing. I didn't want to just be a passive sponge.

I was fortunate that the Region of Waterloo selected me as one of the two employees to represent the Region in the Core Program in 2013. The biggest draw for me was the opportunity to engage with leaders from different sectors in our Region. We all live in our own little bubble, whether that be in government, social profit or the business sector, and rarely do we find ourselves interacting with those in other areas of work.

The Leadership Waterloo Region Core Program provides a unique opportunity and a safe space to test ideas and explore our own biases and assumptions with people who don't necessarily share our worldview. It helps to push us beyond our comfort zone and provides us with tools for honing our leadership skills by exposing and connecting us to thought

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