Leadership Vancouver Island –
West Coast Chapter


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Leadership Vancouver Island is a community-focused, grassroots leadership development program that aims to inspire and build capacity for outstanding leadership, learning and service. The West Coast chapter is focused on the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region and its communities. The purpose of the LVI is:

  • Fostering Leadership Development
  • Raising Community Awareness
  • Building Innovative Communities

LVI is an accredited program and guided by local leaders in government, business and non-profit organizations. Over its 10-year history, LVI has evolved to become a unique and effective leadership development experience, and for the past three years, the West Coast chapter has tailored a unique approach to west coast communities. The CBT administers LVI on behalf of the region in order to grow local leaders, provide local educational opportunities, and develop cross-community and cross-cultural connections. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to receive six credits from Vancouver Island University.

“The LVI program is not only a life-changing experience for the participants, but is reshaping our region. It is an opportunity for participants to connect with their community, learn about themselves and strengthen their skills while developing lifelong relationships. This program is building local leaders that will enrich our community in so many important ways‎.”
– Gord Johns, MP for Courtenay-Alberni

The Program

Participants in the LVI program engage in community leadership development through several dynamic individual and group learning opportunities over nine months. The program begins with a two-day retreat in September, then one learning day per month, until a final two-day retreat in May. The retreats and learning days rotate across communities: in Tofino, Ucluelet, and First Nation territories of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, Ahousaht, Tla-o-qui-aht, Toquaht, and Hesquiaht. One of the highlights of the west coast program is that participants connect with people across the region within all of the communities, bringing a broader understanding of initiatives and issues that face our coast.

Check out the 2019-2020 Year-at-a-Glance (schedule)

Students create their own personal leadership plans and work with their team and a coach to craft their own path of learning. Groups of students also apply their skills to community projects and initiatives as they bring a team project through from conception and planning to implementation and evaluation. Each participant has the opportunity to work with a certified professional coach throughout the LVI experience. This can be an immensely valuable and enriching part of the LVI learning experience that gives participants an opportunity to identify solutions for themselves through engaging dialogue with professionals who specialize in leadership development.

Application and Sponsorship

The tuition fee is $2,000. Typically, $200 is paid by the participant, and $1,800 by a sponsor. Many businesses, organizations, and governments sponsor employees to attend the program because of the proven benefits to their organization through team building, leadership and communication skills, increased regional engagement and awareness, and tax credit eligible.

Scholarships are also available to those individuals who cannot afford the program or do not have employer sponsorship. Prospective participants interested in a scholarship should include a letter explaining their need for financial aid when submitting their application.

Next program start: September 2019
Application Form: Download the application form here: (PDF / Word). Applications are due August 26, 2019
Submission: please email to grants@clayoquotbiosphere.org or drop off at the CBT office, 316 Main St. Tofino
A $200 commitment deposit is required at the time of application to be considered.

LVI-West Coast Program Team

Advisory Committee:
Comprised of local leaders from our region and is designed to ensure that all communities are represented on the Advisory Committee for the guidance of this leadership initiative.

Program Facilitator:
Brooke Wood
brooke@clayoquotbiosphere.org / 250.725.2219

Past Sponsors

Ahousaht Education Authority
Black Rock Resort
Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
Coastal Community Credit Union
Crystal Cove
District of Tofino
District of Ucluelet
Jamie’s Rainforest Inn
Long Beach Lodge
Method Marine
Nuu-Chah-Nulth Education and Training Program
Ocean Village
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation

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