Courtesy of the St. FX University News

Thirteen leaders from First Nation communities in Nova Scotia graduated May 16, 2012 from the StFX Extension Department’s Aboriginal Leadership Development Program. The ceremony was held  in the Riley Lounge in the Coady International Institute at StFX.

The program helps participants enhance their leadership skills for the good of their communities. Over the past three months, participants from seven First Nation communities have taken part in a series of interactive seminars, self-directed learning activities, and group tasks. The Aboriginal Leadership Development Program is sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and is delivered by the StFX Extension Department in partnership with the Tripartite Forum Economic Development Working Committee.

“The participants have learned about applying their leadership skills to identify and build upon assets in  their own communities,” says Phil Davison, Director, StFX Extension Department. “The learning has come through sharing experiences with fellow students. All the communities in which these leaders live, as well as the region as a whole, will benefit from the participants’ knowledge, experience, skills and networks gained during this program.”

“[The Aboriginal Leadership Development Program] helped me recognize my leadership qualities through past work experiences, education and journeys I took through my life,” said Rebekah Price, program participant. “This program was a great learning opportuinity that will stick with me throughout my life.”

Graduates included: Janice Basque; Mary-Louise Bernard; Nadine Bernard; Wallace Bernard; Charlotte Brooks; Sarah Clark; Samantha Francis; Stan Johnson; Beverly Julian; Chasity Meuse; Kim Milley; Jeanette Paul; and Rebekah Price.

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