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Community Leaders Retreat & Certificate

 February 13, 2015
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association

COME JOIN US AT BLACHFORD LAKE LODGE for our Community Leaders Retreat & Certificate hosted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association in collaboration with the Campus for Communities for Communities of the Future.

WHEN: March 4-6, 2015

WHERE: Blachford Lake Lodge

WHO: Staff and volunteers, with or without a formal title, who are currently or want to play a stronger role as a community leader. It is geared to those from a variety of sectors e.g. health, social services, recreation, economic development, education, justice, libraries, elected officials, tourism, arts, environment etc. who are committed to working with others to strengthen leadership and innovation, and ultimately, the capacity and resiliency in their communities.

REGISTRATION: $500 + GST payable upon registration. Retreat reservations will not be held until payment is received. Upon successful completion of the Community Leader Certificate, participants will receive a $300 refund. You can register online here.

Registration includes:

  • Return flights to Blachford Lake Lodge from Yellowknife
  • Shared accommodations in cabins
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments (including juice, coffee, tea, home-baked goods and fruits)
  • Access to facilities including outdoor hot-tub, sauna, trails, tipi
  • Access to outdoor recreation equipment including skis and boots, snowshoes, skates, fishing equipment

** Travel subsidies may be available on a first serve basis. Contact the NWTRPA atgray@nwtrpa.org(867) 669-8375 for more information.

The Community Leadership Certificate will consist of:

  1. Advance Preparation (2-3 hours)
  2. Retreat Attendance at Blatchford Lodge (March 4-6)
  3. Post Agenda (25-30 hours over 6 months for peer to peer learning and assignments). Practical assignments are directly related to the retreat learnings which will be applied within the community of each participant. Peer to peer learning is designed to support ongoing growth and development as a Community of Practice with your cohorts and will take place online or via conference calls.

Upon completion of the Community Leaders Certificate, participants will:

  • Have an increased understanding of the key role played by community building and community development;
  • Ge better equipped to serve as a catalyst for positive community change;
  • Gain a sense of community with other NWT community leaders, and;
  • Have an opportunity for respite, relaxation, and reflection.


  1. Tools for exploring leadership and learning styles.
  2. How global, national, and local trends are impacting our communities.
  3. Utilizing outcome measurement.
  4. Using social marketing to raise the profile and position the benefits of community building.
  5. The key role of community building.
  6. Tools and resources for leading collective impact and transformative change.


Brenda Herchmer is the owner of Grassroots Enterprises and the Principal Collaborator and Founder of a social enterprise called Campus for Communities of the Future.

Her primary work involves training and consulting as it relates to community building and collective impact and the change process and leadership it requires.

She recently served as the director of Alberta Recreation and Parks Association’s (ARPA) ACE Communities initiative which was responsible for supporting change initiatives in over 60 rural and remote Alberta communities.

Brenda previously worked for the Boys and Girls Club, the City of Niagara Falls, and taught in the Recreation and Leisure Services Program at Niagara College where she also founded and managed the Niagara Centre for Community Leadership.

Brenda is an avid blogger, author of three books, and was acknowledged as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in Training and Education.

Online Registration.

For more information visit our website www.nwtrpa.org, or contact Alison at admin@nwtrpa.org,(867) 669-8375.