Category Archives: inclusive community building

Inclusive Leadership Weekend Gathering


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  • 8:30 am to 3:00 pm: De-Stressing the Learning Environment Pro-D Day for Professionals, Volunteers, Students and Everyone who cares about Inclusion. Everyone Welcome!
  • 3:00 to 9:00 pm: The Three R’s: Registration, Relaxation, Revitalization in our beautiful lake-side Retreat
  • 4:30 – 9:00 pm: Q’shintul – “Walking Together” Participants in the ILC gathering are invited to join with Cowichan Tribes at Somena Big House in Duncan for a special community reconciliation event hosted by Social Planning Cowichan.


  • 8:30 am: Opening Circle
  • 10:30 am: Challenge by Choice:
    • ILC Annual General Meeting
    • Co-operative Activities
    • Art Studio
  • 12:15: Lunch
  • 1:30: Challenge by Choice:
    • Workshops (including Mary-Anne Neal’s Dene Heroes Project)
    • Art Studio
  • 3:15: Relaxing Break with Nature walks, Art, Music, Sharing, and other Drop In Activities
  • 6:00: Dinner
  • 7:30: Inclusive Community Celebration

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30   – 7:30 am to 2:00 pm

  • 8:30 – Breakfast
  • 9:30 – Action Planning and Closing Circle
  • 11:30 – Lunch
  • 12:30 – Clean-up and Good-bye

“We are part of a world-wide movement made up of individuals and groups who care about people and the planet in ways that are life-enriching and life-sustaining. We look forward to learning with and from everyone who attends the gathering.”(Kix Citton, ILC Founding Member).

What is Inclusive Leadership?

Submitted by Linda Hill

People often tell me that combining the words “inclusive” and “leadership” together into one phrase is a confusing combination. This at least partly because the traditional definition of “leadership” is often very “exclusive’. Here is a clarifying diagram:

AND experience is the best teacher. Here are two ways to experience yourself as an Inclusive Leader. We all have a vital role to play in building welcoming and inclusive communities based on respect for the magnificent diversity in all living beings. Continue reading

Farm to Table Community Building

Submitted by Linda Hill (Photos by Cathy Gilbert)

Our September 5 Farm to Table fundraiser that took place at Little Zimbabwe Farm in Duncan, BC, Canada was a fast-growing-grassroots event that went from planting to cultivating to blooming to harvesting to cooking the meal in a couple of weeks.

Amy Matamba and I had one quick conversation in which Amy suggested thirty as a good number of people to invite for a traditional Zimbabwe meal and music meet up on their deck. Less than a week later, our Inclusive Leadership fund-raising event was full with thirty-five reservations, and a waiting list long enough to begin planning another fund-raiser.

We all had a fantastic and fun time visiting, singing, and eating together while raising $1000  ($300 for Little Zimbabwe Farm and $700 for Inclusive Leadership sponsorships). Inclusive Leadership Co-op member Lynn Smith summed things up, “It was a wonderful evening – thank you for stepping up and being our example once again!” 

What were we exemplifying? Here are a few ideas:

  • Doing what we love.
  • Turning dreams into reality.
  • Creative connections
  • Organic evolution
  • Putting the fun back into fund-raising
  • Cultivating community
  • How to be singing farmers
  • The art of showing up
  • The art of stepping up
  • Recipes for building life-enriching connections
  • The interconnectedness of farming, food, music and community
  • Inclusive Leadership in action.

Huge thanks and thunderous applause to Amy and Tafadzwa Matamba. It is so amazing what our good friends have accomplished after opening the farm only 4 months ago.  The food prepared by Amy with love was delicious. The music was so beautiful. Hugs and high fives in appreciation for the spirit of generosity that all the warm hearted and passionate people brought to this amazing experience.


Cooperating for Inclusion

Submitted by: Joy Emmanuel, Co-op Developer & Member of Inclusive Leadership Co-op


Did you know that the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative is part of an international network of co-operatives around the world? Did you know that for almost 200 years, the co-operative model has been adopted both for running businesses (i.e. consumer co-ops, worker co-ops, financial co-ops/credit unions) and for providing a host of community services (i.e. housing, funeral services, social programs and occasionally as educational co-ops)? Did you know that the Inclusive Leadership Co-op was incorporated in 2013 as a non-profit community service co-operative? What does all that mean? And what does being a co-operative have to do with inclusion? Continue reading

Congratulations to New and Experienced Inclusive Leaders in our Global Village

Inclusive Leadership For Our Global Village Online Courses are for educators, service providers, volunteers, students and other leaders and emerging leaders who are champions of inclusion and diversity. Our Spring 2018 course was a rich and enriching world-wide network of adults, youth and young adults who are thinking globally and acting locally to tend and befriend our global village. Participants are engaged in so many ways of Building Bridges toward social and environmental well-being in our diverse communities. Through Participatory Action Education, we learn with each other and we learn from each other while cultivating our Inclusive Leadership skills, awareness and action plans for living, learning, and leading more inclusively in our diverse communities.  The time-commitment is 4 hours per week for 8 to 10 weeks.

Registration is open now for our Fall online offerings at our Inclusive Leadership for Our Global Village Online Course Site. To inspire you to register, here is a chance to meet some of the incredible Inclusive Leaders who contributed so much to our Spring, 2018 Online session. Continue reading

Yes Let’s!

Here is a short survey followed by our creative invitation to show up at Inclusive Leadership Online and In Person and invite others to show up with you by playing Yes Let’s!

  • Do you value diversity and inclusion?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a Bridge-Builder (i.e. Do you often find yourself helping people and places be respectful, fair, peaceful, safe and fun for everyone)?
  • Have you ever participated in an Inclusive Leadership event (in person or online)?
  • Are you a supporter or member of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative?

If you have answered yes to even one of these questions then you are ready to accept our invitation to share leadership with networking!  Yes Let’s!  Continue reading

Friday, Sept 28: De-Stressing the Learning Environment

Welcome to a Pro-D Day focused on the Art of De-Stressing!

De-stressing is to learning environments as de-cluttering is to living environments.

  • The art of de-cluttering creates calmer, happier, healthier places to live.
  • The skills and strategies involved in de-stressing combine together to create calmer, happier, healthier places to learn and grow.

On Friday, Sept 28, 2018, you are invited to join the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative  at Lake Cowichan,Vancouver Island, BC, Canada for a full-day of experiential education in the art of de-stressing diverse learning environments. Continue reading