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Strathcona County Creating Strong Leaders

Posted by: in Central East, Uncategorized

The Information and Volunteer Centre for Strathcona County take their learning seriously. They also take the promotion of the leadership development opportunities seriously. We know that because they are a registered learning provider of leadership development right here on

I had the opportunity to attend the bi-monthly Strathcona County Interagency meeting yesterday and was impressed at what a great sense of community there is in Strathcona County. Of course there was a very wide range of organizations represented there-from faith-based charities to Victim’s Services to the Information and Volunteer Centre.

The diversity of the group along with the appreciation that community members demonstrate on an ongoing basis speaks volumes of how important relationship building is in creating strong communities. And of course the Information and Volunteer Centre knows this and this is why they are offering courses on Essential Conversation and Communication Skills from January 20 – February 17. This 5-week workshop is, of course, specifically for nonprofit/voluntary sector and it will help you gain confidence and first class training towards your communication skills.

Another great course that is coming up is called The W’s of Accountability which help you address the Governance, Management & Governance competencies. Here you will learn from the experts on accountability for charities. This workshop is for Board Directors or Senior Managers in a small or medium-sized charity and will explore accountability issues of registered charities to stakeholders. It will emphasize both federal and provincial legal accountability.

Register online at IVC or call 780.464.4242 or email for more information.

If you would like to have your leadership development opportunities highlighted register today! If you are a registered learning provider and would like to learn how to expand your reach even more join us for one of our upcoming Learning Provider Forums. To find out more contact me!

Victoria Poschadel | 780.945.6134 |

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Big Picture Thinking In Small Town Alberta

Posted by: in Central East, Uncategorized

We all know that leaders of organizations that are visionaries often create great organizations that often create big change.

Last week I was able to attend the Strathcona County Interagency meeting. There were over 30 people in attendance representing various communities and each and every one of them shared inspiring stories of new programs and initiatives that their organizations are tackling to create stronger, more vibrant communities in Strathcona County.

I would love to highlight them all but wanted to share of one that I had been unfamiliar with and that made me think of the Big Picture thinking skills of the founder. This organization is called County Clothes-Line.  Founded in 1984, “County Clothes-Line Foundation grants funds, generated by the Clothes-Line Store, to Strathcona County non-profit groups and individuals, to assist them in initiating innovative projects or programs which contribute toward a higher quality of life for the residents of Strathcona County”. The board reviews applications and judges each on its individual merit and the perceived ability of the organization to meet their objectives.

If you haven’t looked at the definition of Big Picture Thinking from the leadership assessment for a while I want to share it with you and compare how the mandate of County Clothes-Line reeks of it.

“Part of the essence of big picture thinking is looking at the world with the broadest possible view. Developing a good frame (or framework) help determine how these aspects intersect, and then connect back to the organization’s overarching purpose or goal.” A sub-category of Big Picture Thinking is Innovation and Creation which means identifying and implementing strategic and creative solutions to issues and challenges.

County Clothes-Line identified the lack of affordable clothing and lack of available funding for community-driven projects and developed and implemented the innovative solution of utilizing a consignment store to make affordable clothing and funding for community projects more readily available.

I invite you to book a workshop with your board to help identify if your organization has strong Big Picture Thinking skills. Contact me to book one today!

Victoria Poschadel | 780.945.6134 |

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