Community Leadership Workshops
The Elgin CLEW was held at the St. Thomas Public Art Gallery on May 22nd, 2015. This CLeW had roughly 40 grade 10 students in attendance from around Elgin County. Elgin had a Hunger Games theme this year with Mr. and Mrs. PMA starring as Katniss and Peeta, ARs representing all the districts, and the JGLs/ambassadors dressed as members of the capital. The Elgin CLeW was privileged to have Ian Tyson as the keynote speaker for the afternoon, as well as members from Junior Achievement Canada, the food bank, and the Change the World Foundation.
The Essex CLeW was held on May 22nd 2015. The event was very successful as we were privileged to hear from two Outstanding speakers. The Dragon boats co-chairs came to talk our ambassadors about getting involved and their backstory as to how the dragon boat committee started. This moved the ambassadors and an idea was created to create a HOBY dragon boat team. Representatives from United Way Windsor a non-profit organization also came to talk to ambassadors about getting involved within their community.
Along with the keynote speakers moving the ambassadors, the JGLs, PMAs, and Regional Directors worked very hard to pump up the ambassadors to get the cheers stuck inside their heads and positivity to bloom from within. The whole day was a success for everyone involved with this CLeW and the next one will be even better!
Grey & Bruce
On June 1st Grey Bruce County held it’s annual CLeW workshop at OSCVI in Owen Sound. It was a huge success for our little county with over 20 ambassadors and 8 alumni to help run the show. The Red Raptors, Flamboyant Flamingos, and the TigerDucks all spent their day actively cheering and discussing all things HOBY, while keeping a positive space filled with energy for everyone. Our guest speaker Debbie Bodkin from the CMHA shared her experiences with us on how her career path has developed and the obstacles she had to overcome along the way. This story was very eye opening for many of the ambassadors as well as staff leaving us all very appreciative of what privileges we have. Overall everyone headed home with big smiles – and tonnes of candy. We are excited to have our new group of small town Alumni to help pass forward the passion for HOBY in the coming year!
The Huron-Perth CLeW was held on May 15th at the South Huron Rec Centre in Exeter. About 18 students from schools across AMDSB were in attendance. In the morning the Ambassadors broke up into groups where they engaged in leadership developing activities. After lunch they all volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to help clean and organize the store. A huge thanks to everyone who came to help out and make the day a success.
The Lambton Kent CLeW was held in Wallaceburg at Trinity United Church with approximately 60 grade 10 students from across Chatham and Lambton Kent. Our staff was absolutely phenomenal, and all of the Ambassadors in attendance had an Outstanding day! Ambassadors engaged in leadership activities such as magic carpet, the hula hoop game as well as trust activities and informative activities teaching about privilege. Ambassadors also had the chance to hear speakers from the YMCA Projet Guatamala group (Kaitlyn Smoke, Hannah Clark, Danielle Lucier) and one of their project leaders speaking to the students about their project Guatamala volunteer trip as well as the importance of volunteering on local and global scales. This was a very eye opening day for the youth that got to participate and also very rewarding for the staff who got to watch them develop as individuals throughout the time spent together.
The 2015 London-Middlesex CLeW was held at King’s University College with around 100 students showing up, eager to see what HOBY was about! Again, this year we had the honour of Andy Thibodeau participating as a Key Note speaker, while spreading the positive attitude that he has so much of. A new speaker to the London-Middlesex CLeW, was Brandon Schupp from Craigwood Youth Services, we were so pleased to welcome him into the HOBY family.
The Oxford CLeW had a small but mighty group of 7 students attend, as well as many amazing leaders! Throughout the day students got to learn many things about each other, as well as many things about themselves. Ambassadors participated in many fun activities and games, including a very intense water balloon toss and a good old game of Knights, Maids and Cavaliers! We were very lucky to have the wonderful Andy Thibodeau as our guest speaker and we heard many inspiring words on what it means to be a leader. Each student was able to leave that day with many new thoughts and ideas on what it means to be a leader. Overall it was a very successful CLEW!
Waterloo & Wellington
WATERLOO WELLINGTON CLEW 2015 was an adventure. We gathered at WCI for a day filled with fun, pizza, spontaneous dance parties and a bit of acappella singing. The always fabulous Amber Sherwood Robinson introduced ambassadors to some new thing to consider and implement in our daily lives, and 2013 CLEW Alumni Sonja Katanic and Emma Cohen shared with us their creative and business processes, plus inspiration behind their amazing zine (www.plasmadolphin.com).