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Cover of Winnipeg Leadership Book, 2010-2011 // Photo courtesy of Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Get a ‘back stage pass’ to our Winnipeg community

Register for professional development program by September 9, 2015

August 25, 2015 — 

Since 2004, Volunteer Manitoba and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce have organized the annual program, “Leadership Winnipeg.” The program has room for 28 participants who meet one Friday per month from September to June. As of today, there are 13 available spots; the program accepts applicants on a first come, first serve basis.

Participants will learn about Winnipeg’s different cultural groups and visit a host of organizations. Each year, participants interview community leaders of their choice and profile them in a book. Past profiles have included Indigenous leader Ovide Mercredi, artist Wanda Koop and city councillor John Orlikow, to name a few.

Program liaison Wendy Stephenson said the program is a “back stage pass to our community.” Participants will be exposed to communities with which they are unfamiliar in order to develop their social enterprising skills. She added that this year will include a pilot program called “Board Connect,” which will allow participants to volunteer on a non-profit board.

In addition to the time commitment, there is a $1,000 tuition fee. Mark O’Riley, director of Learning and Organizational Development, Human Resources, noted that if university employees haven’t exhausted their professional development allocation for the year, they can receive up to 50 per cent coverage of the program’s cost. Employees are also encouraged to speak with their supervisors about the time and financial commitment.

“At the University of Manitoba, we support our outstanding people and encourage them to develop their professional skills and network with others in our great and diverse city,” said O’Riley.

He added that programs such as this allow staff to learn about other communities, network with other leaders, and apply that knowledge to our university — all in keeping with the university’s strategic plan that values excellence, equity, inclusion and respect.


For further information about the financial support available, contact Lynn Bohonos at (204) 474-9124; lynn [dot] bohonos [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

More information about the program and registration details can be found on the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce website.

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