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National Leaders Conference

The 2019 National Leaders Post Conference Call for Workshop Proposals are open until December 7. Apply here.

Strengthen Your School Leadership

CAIS values the constant and deliberate quest for excellence, and we recognize the vital leadership role that governors play, in partnership with Heads, in the success of our schools. We want all of our schools to have strong Heads who focus on supporting the students of the present, but we also want strong Boards that focus on supporting the students of the future.

The Governance Guide include new learning on a number of areas, including Human Resources, Risk Management, Head Transitions, and Consent Agendas.

CAIS members and non-members can purchase a hard copy here. And CAIS members can also view the full PDF in CAIS Connect here.

Student Leadership

2017 Middle School Leadership Camp

This year's Middle School Leadership Camp gave 135 students the unique opportunity to develop their budding leadership potential in a beautiful setting surrounded by like-minded peers. Students dove headfirst into gaining a deeper understanding of issues affecting young leaders in Canada, including how to make your voice heard, the art of listening, leading from behind to move forward, mindfulness and leadership, and community leadership. The students also had the fantastic experience of listening to Keynote Speaker Michael Eisen talk about “The Power of Choice”, followed with a personal, deep thinking group session that helped put what they had just heard about into perspective and relate it to their own lives.

Balancing that, students were busy and active taking advantage of the spectacular amenities that adorn Onondaga Camp, including the popular zipline that lands right in the lake, the fear defying ropes course, yoga on the dock, polar bear dip and paddle boarding. Mark Burleigh from Country Day School made a special trip to camp to lead the students in the traditional “Leadership Disco” on the opening night which started the camp off with laughter and helped all the students realize they are true leaders at heart.

The students and the 29 advisors who attended camp were able to meet, collaborate and learn with their peers, and had the chance to work and have fun with others from across the country. Certainly, a major benefit of being a national organization is the ability to develop these connections. From the student feedback we heard “I really liked the activities because we got to make new friends and get out of our comfort zone” and that “camp was very fun and I learned many skills that will be useful when planning activities”. The best response we can hear is that “everything was so exciting and allowed me to push my boundaries and try something new” and that “everything was great and I would recommend it to anyone!”

A special thank you to Co-Chairs Tracy Faucher (Holy Trinity School) and Tiziana Patella (St. John’s-Ravenscourt School) and the MSLC Planning Committee, including Jeff Adams (Havergal College), Mark Burleigh (The Country Day School) and Zyoji Jackson (St. Michaels University School) for putting together such an amazing experience.

Save The Date

Middle School Leadership Camp has been confirmed for 2018!
Camp Onondaga, Friday September 21st to Monday, September 24th, 2018.

2018 Senior Student Leadership Camp

The Senior Student Leadership Conference aims to empower student leaders to make an impact in the world. From Wednesday, April 18 to Sunday, April 22 (the last day being a travel day), senior students from CAIS schools across Canada are invited to Lakefield College School in Lakefield, Ontario. The student leaders from Lakefield College School have written that “For our conference, we have chosen the following four pillars as our framework; Environmental Stewardship, Social Responsibility, Digital Citizenship and Personal Leadership Development. With these pillars we will be “Finding our Footing” and learning how we can make a positive meaningful difference in our schools and the world.”

Space is limited and registration for the conference is well underway so make sure you complete the registration form ASAP!

Special thank you to Anne-Marie Kee, Head of School, and staff, in particular Vera Wilcox, Vicky Boomgaardt, John Runza, Peter O’Grady for all their hard work and dedication in planning and hosting SSLC 2018. Also thank you to the SSLC Advisory Committee Judith Gorry (Toronto French School), Courtney Prieur (Selwyn House School) and Phil Webster (St. George’s School) for all their assistance in supporting the team at Lakefield College School.

Learn more and register

Senior Student Leadership Conference student organizers from Lakefield College School: Joe, Allie, Robyn and Noah.

Elizabeth Chambers
Professional Learning Coordinator