2015-2016 CED Cohort Awards: Honouring leadership builds leaders of us all

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An integral part of the Certificate Program for Community Economic Development is helping our students develop their leadership skills.

Leadership, as we approach it in community economic development, is not about being the most visible or most accomplished individual in a group. We teach a model of leadership based on inspiring others and lifting up those around you.

Learning how to recognize strengths in others is a key tool for building our capacity for making community change. Throughout the program, students are taught how to identify and support leaders in their communities; people with local knowledge, commitment and expertise.

As part of this learning process, we give out peer-nominated awards to two students in each cohort.

To choose these award-winners, everyone in the program nominates one to three people in the program who made a difference to them over the course of the year, providing a short explanation as to why. The awards go to the students with the most testimonials.

The process encourages everyone to reflect on the mentorship and guidance they have received from their peers, and shows everyone the transformative power of taking time to honour and acknowledge the commitment and hard work of those around you.

We want to congratulate the award winners chosen here and to all the 2015/16 students. We are very lucky to have worked with this group of committed community economic development leaders.

Awards presented were:

UPLIFTING HUMANITY AWARD

to Sxwpilemaat Siyam “Chief Leanne Joe”

In recognition of the authenticity, humility, open-mind and open-heart that she embodied while sharing the wisdom arising from her connections to land and people.

WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER AWARD

to Diandra Oliver

In recognition of her power, intelligence, honesty, consistency, calm and compassion which helped us to become more inclusive and responsible.

WALKING THE TALK AWARD

to Factor 5 Group, Amanda and Eric Burton

In recognition of the integrity, grace, excitement and passion they bring to their commitment to create healthy communities and opportunities for all.

WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS AWARD

to Erin Melnychuk

In recognition of her encouragement, knowledge, peer-mentorship and determination for a better world, which inspired us to expand our vision of what’s possible.