Vision, Mission, Values

Our Vision

To build vibrant, resilient and inclusive communities.

Our Mission

We encourage, empower and equip current and future leaders to unleash positive change in their communities.

Our Values

We believe in…

Enjoying the journey –We believe that whether they are staff, participants, volunteers, alumni, partners or investors, the strength of our organization lies in the strength of our people. Our people will be empowered and challenged to new heights by fostering a collaborative and mutually supportive environment.

Pursuing diversity - Different views and experiences are advantages. We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects and reflects the diversity of our community.

Pushing our limits – We pursue new ideas that challenge conventional views and drive innovation. We thrive on being nimble, working in real time so we can adapt to the needs of our community.

Doing the right thing – We keep our word, deliver on our promises and acknowledge our mistakes.

Challenging, Connecting and Collaborating - We welcome challenging conversations. We ask and answer questions and don’t rely only on ourselves to find solutions. We make connections to engage and involve different sectors of our community.

Making a difference every day - We constantly push ourselves to be our best, we focus on solutions, and every day are inspired to make an impact through our talents, passion and hard work.

Diving deep – We pull back the curtain on our community’s greatest assets and most complex challenges so that our people gain a better understanding of how our community is interconnected.

How do we do this?

We deliver educational leadership experiences by providing opportunities to acquire and practice leadership skills. This work is done collaboratively with a cross-section of diverse and inclusive organizations in Waterloo Region through the delivery of carefully tailored programs and events.

LWR is committed to Waterloo Region’s excellence by focusing our work through the following channels: community understanding, relationship building, collaborative leadership and community readiness.

The 10-month Community Leadership Development Program is at the Core of what we do. That is why we call it our Core Program. This practical and experiential learning program equips participants, so they are ready to take on leadership roles in Waterloo Region.  Since our inception in 2001, LWR has graduated more than 460 leaders from our Core Program. These leaders have assumed leadership roles in our community to help build resiliency while contributing their skills to establish a healthy, safe, and inclusive Region where we can live, work and play. 

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