A look back at the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative 2014-2015

openingcircle7Our June 2015 Annual General Meeting was filled with appreciation.  Click here to read our Report to the June 2015 Annual General Meeting. Members and guests looked back over the past year of transforming communities by embracing the diversity in all living beings as gifts that enrich our world.  Read below to get a glimpse of the many marvelous and wonderful Inclusive Leaders from diverse schools, organizations and communities near and far who contributed to this year.

August 2014 ILG (124)We appreciate all our members and other volunteers who have shared leadership this past year in our mission to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to nurture and mentor Inclusive Leadership development in ourselves, our communities and our world. IMG_4819Our potluck breakfast and dinner meetings have helped us develop our vision, make our plans and work together in harmony while traveling toward our goals.

EC15 logo1All of us send Happy 15th Birthday greetings to the International Earth Charter that is the global framework  for our practice of building welcoming and inclusive communities based on respect for people and nature.

IMG_1223IMG_0658Over 350 adults, youth and children have participated in experiential education events aimed at building skills for connecting with differences, communicating with compassion, standing up for diversity and building bridges within and between groups. A special thank you to those Inclusive Leaders who developed and implemented your own Inclusive Leadership action plans in your daily lives and in your schools, organizations, and communities. We all have a vital role to play in being the changes we want to see in the world.


IMG_0629We are grateful to these communities, organizations and schools that have hosted and co-facilitated Inclusive Leadership events or that have sponsored participants in 2014 and 2015: Chemainus Secondary School, Comox Valley Community Justice Centre’s  Youth Caregivers Program, Cowichan Community Land Trust Cowichan Intercultural Society’s Multicultural Leadership Group and Compassionate Leaders Project, Canim Lake Band, Gabriola Island Elementary School, Hiiye’yu lelum Inclusion Project, Island Oak High School, Mbira Spirit, Michael’s Steps to Justice Society, OUR Ecovillage, Brooks Secondary School, Powell River Diversity Initiative, Prosperity Circles International, Social Planning Cowichan’s Walk of Nations and Walk of Nations Youth Day, West Coast Men’s Support Society, Vancouver Island Network for Organizing Against Racism and Hate, Vancouver Island University-Office of the Registrar, Volunteer Cowichan Youth of Tomorrow Awards

IMG_2631Thank you also to the Care Courses School for purchasing over a hundred copies of Linda Hill’s Connecting Kids book each year for students in their “Everyone Welcome!” diversity education course for early childhood educators and child care workers. All proceeds from our book sales go into our Inclusive Leadership scholarship fund.


Inclusive Leadership Co-op Donation - Gabriola Elementary-1Thank you to the the Mid-Island Co-op for your generous grant toward our Inclusive Leadership Adventure for Grade seven students on Gabriola Island.



IMG_0544Thank you to Cowichan Valley Regional District for a grant-in-aid that is helping the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative realize our dream of show-casing the Cowichan Region as a destination for Inclusive Leaders from around the world to visit and return to again and again to experientially develop Inclusive Leadership skills, awareness,  and action plans for building welcoming and inclusive communities based on respect for social diversity and biodiversity.