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Laurier hosts student leadership conference
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Wilfrid Laurier University held a successful one-day student leadership conference Saturday, attracting more than 400 students and involving dozens of university alumni, staff and faculty.
The event was organized by Laurier’s Student Leadership Centre in partnership with Laurier Student Alumni, the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association, Residence Life, the Diversity and Equity Office, Athletics and Recreation, and the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union.
The day began with a keynote talk by Laurier alumna and Olympian Cheryl Pounder. A former captain of the Laurier womens’ hockey team, Pounder won two Olympic gold medals with Canada’s national team in 2002 and 2006. She was named Laurier’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1997, and was inducted into Laurier’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
The rest of the day included a wide variety of workshops on everything from leadership styles to teamwork, initiative, and Aboriginal perspectives on leadership.
The concluding keynote address was given by Dave Meslin, a Toronto musician and community activist with a passion for civic engagement. Meslin has started or been involved with numerous civic initiatives, including the Toronto Public Space Committee, which strives to keep public spaces free of commercialization, such as advertising.
The student leadership conference fit well with Laurier’s culture of involvement and the university’s institutional proposition: inspiring lives of leadership and purpose.
“Leadership is a key part of Laurier’s institutional proposition,” said Drew Piticco, manager of the university’s Student Leadership Centre and an organizer of Saturday’s conference. “This conference is a great way for our students to learn more about leadership and about leadership skills.”
The participating students came from both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses, and all are involved in a range of activities at the university, from student clubs to residence life.
“These students are all highly motivated,” Piticco said. “But they are also very busy and involved with their specific activities. This conference gives them a chance to sit down and really learn about and reflect on leadership and specific leadership skills.”
The conference also gave students a chance to network with alumni and staff presenters after each workshop and at a lunch in the Science Atrium.