It Takes A Village to Raise An Inclusive Leadership Adventure

Our upcoming Inclusive Leadership Adventure, Feb 23 to 25 on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada is full to the brim with intergenerational/intercultural teams of youth, young adults, adults and elders. Sixty youth, young adults, adults and elders from diverse backgrounds are excitedly preparing to develop our skills, awareness, and action plans for building welcoming and inclusive communities based on respect for diversity.

Can you help financially?

We are seeking your help because it takes a village to cover the costs of $300 for adults and $200 for youth for food, accommodation, venue rental, insurance, materials and supplies. You may have heard the “stone-soup” story where the people of a poor village managed to organize a pot-luck party by everyone contributing a little bit of this and a little bit of that. By sharing leadership, villagers transformed a soup – that began with a stone in a pot of cold water  – into an incredible feast filled with wonderful food, music, and joy.

This is how we are sharing leadership in organizing this upcoming Inclusive Leadership Adventure. Everyone who is coming is contributing a little bit of this and a little bit of that – especially our volunteer time, energy, leadership skills, talents, passions, concerns, creativity, and open minds. One of our teams is a group of trained and experienced volunteers aged 12 to 75 who will be co-facilitating our highly effective, researched-based Inclusive Leadership Adventure curriculum. All of us are also contributing as much money as we can each comfortably afford toward the food and accommodation costs.

In addition, we are seeking financial help from throughout our “village.” We are asking you and your service clubs, co-operatives, businesses, government departments, schools, families, friends and colleagues to help sponsor participants who face financial barriers.

If you can help, simply email us at

What is the impact of your contribution?

Here are two short video messages from two Inclusive Leaders that express the excitement, inspiration,  hope and skills that come out of each Inclusive Leadership Adventure.


Inclusive Leadership: A Foundation for Human Rights

Submitted by Rachel Singleton-Polster

An inter-generational/intercultural Inclusive Leadership Adventure is coming up on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada February 23 to February 25, 2018. Click here for more information.

Being a participant in Inclusive Leadership Adventures was very formative for me in my teenage years.

The skills I learned of empathetic listening, of respectful communication and of accessibility and inclusiveness for all were key as I went forward to pursue my passion in social justice and human rights work.

The Inclusive Leadership foundation, and network of friendships, has helped me professionally and personally, and I would recommend involvement in Inclusive Leadership experiential education weekends or Inclusive Leadership Online Learning to anyone looking to broaden their world view


Rachel Singleton-Polster is a human rights worker hailing from the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, Rachel studied Human Geography along the marshlands of New Brunswick, and Natural Resource Management on the stormy coasts of Haida Gwaii.

She has been involved in Social Justice and Human Rights Work since she was a teenager participating in Students for Diversity, Inclusive Leadership and volunteering with Amnesty International.

She has worked for the Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) out of Toronto as well as at the United Nations in New York.

Rachel practices self care by doing what makes her happy: baking, fishing, or just sitting quietly by the water.

Looking Back on 2017

January 2017: Members of the Inclusive Co-operative began a year of showing up in our communities on behalf of our dreams for a life-enriching world transformed by embracing diversity.

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We Have Only Each Other

Submitted by Harriet Greenwood and Linda Hill.

Thank you Inclusive Leader, Harriet Greenwood, for composing this beautiful song and thank you to you and Howard Greenwood for gifting it to the Inclusive Leadership Community.  I’ve put the words to photos about compassion from the Inclusive Leadership photo library.

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