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Qualifications

Hi, I’m Leslie! I hold a Masters degree in Adult Education, have been a facilitator of positive change since 1980, designing, delivering, facilitating workshops and coaching individuals and groups.  I am a pre-approved vendor on the Prov of BC Corporate Supply Arrangement: Learning and Development vendor # CS-000921, my registered Canadian GST business number is 8977 97932, and I hold $2 million in commercial general liability insurance with Federated Insurance.  Some of my recent clients include:

The Appreciative Leader at Royal Roads University                                                                   

Facilitated repeat 2 day workshop utilizing Appreciative Inquiry to model Appreciative Leadership to provincial and city government employers

2021

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Online, Independent Investigations of BC                    

Facilitated series of 3x 3 day (24 hour) highly interactive, synchronous, workshops to improve teaching and learning by designing and delivering lessons and by the giving and receiving of feedback.

2021

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Online, Kamloops Fire Centre                                         

Facilitated 3 day (24 hour) highly interactive, synchronous, online workshops to improve teaching and learning by designing and delivering lessons and by the giving and receiving of feedback.

2021

Program Evaluation Online, Ministry of Education with Royal Roads University                

Facilitated 1 day workshop over 2 half days on Program Evaluation

2021

Calgary Board of Education Staff Association Online                                                                 

Facilitated 3 x 90 minute full workshops on Power Up Your Life! and  Who Are You Now?

2021

Training in Power Academy, Online                                                                                               

Adapted, designed and delivered courses to raise consciousness using meditation

2020-2021

Queer Arts Ally Toolkit Conference, Online                                                                                  

Designed and facilitated 2 half day workshops on co-creating a queer-ally manifesto on working together and on needs of queer seniors.

2020

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), Online for On the Go First Aid                                       

Piloted and facilitated two 3 day (24 hour) highly interactive, synchronous, workshop to improve teaching and learning by designing and delivering lessons and by the giving and receiving of feedback.

2020

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), Online for Canadian School of Natural

Piloted and facilitated two 3 day (24 hour) highly interactive, synchronous, workshop to improve teaching and learning by designing and delivering lessons and by the giving and receiving of feedback.

2020

Training in Power                                                                                                                                

Regularly teach multiple courses a year in manifestation, health, and reclaiming who you really are using meditation, power transference and vibrational psychology, since

2005

2020

Royal Roads University, Victoria                                                                                                     

Facilitated 2 day Appreciate Inquiry into resiliency as an Appreciative Leader with senior staff from BC Government, City of Victoria and Vancouver Island Health Authority.

2019

Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Victoria                                                                          

Facilitated building confidence in presentation skills with teachers and staff.

2019

Calgary Board of Education Staff Association                                                                             

Facilitated multiple Kairos Blanket Exercises increasing Indigenous Awareness.

Facilitated Appreciative Inquiry into Moving Beyond Bullying

Facilitated Appreciative Inquiry into Diversity and Respecting Differences

2019

Alberta Civil Liberties Research Council                                                                                       

Facilitated Appreciative Inquiry into resilience during succession planning for aging staff, re-assigning geographical regions and staff requirements.  6 participants including Education director and educators both in person and online over four hours.

2019

Faith Communities                                                                                                                            

Facilitated resilience during strategic and succession planning for multiple aging Communities through townhall meetings using Appreciative Inquiry.  Groups include Unitarian Church, Alliance for the Common Good, Roman Catholic Women Priests Canada, Roman Catholic Women Priests Mid West USA.

2019

Well Conference                                                                                                                                 

Facilitated discussion on Creating Healthy Relationships and Seniors and Sexuality at Well Conference.  Rich conversations resulted in creation of Facebook Group

2018

Roman Catholic Woman Priests

Co-ordinated and facilitated international retreat and ordination of first Canadian bishop on Canadian soil using strengths based visioning Appreciative Inquiry.  Retreat for 12, panel event for 150 participants and ordination for 250 with media.

2018

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology  (CAWST), Calgary                       

Facilitated four day Appreciative Inquiry into values, mission and internal relations after several years of exponential market growth.  Prep work includes research independent evaluation of organization, consultations with CEO, leadership team and staff based in remote areas including Nepal, Ethiopia, and Columbia.

2018

Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Victoria                                                                           

Facilitated 24 hour Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) with teachers from several campuses

2018

St Brigid’s Catholic Faith Community, Calgary                                                                             

Facilitated two hour Appreciative Inquiry into practical acts of reconciliation with First Nations following Kairos Blanket Exercise Indigenous Awareness.

2018

Altalink Power Transmission Lines, Pincher Creek

Facilitated two table conversations between landowners and governing Body.  Mood was confused, angry and potentially hostile at the beginning and more engaged at the end of each session.

2018

Institute of Performance and Learning (IPL), Calgary

Facilitated two hour Appreciative Inquiry (AI) with standing room only group of facilitators as a both demo of AI and with practical application for the visioning the future of their organization.

2018

Appreciative Inquiry Community of Practice, Victoria                                                               

Co-ordinated planning meeting and co-facilitated Appreciative Inquiry into co-creating Victoria’s best AI Community of Practice

2018

Volunteer Victoria, Victoria       

Facilitated two and half hour session on designing workshops to members. High level of engagement, curiosity, problem solving and taking action.

2018

City of Calgary, Bowness Flood Mitigation, Calgary

Facilitated table conversation of 10 local flood plain residents to clarify their needs, concerns, and ideas for future planning resulting in report to City of Calgary.  Helped shift anger to early stages of trust and becoming part of their neighbourhood solution. 275 people in attendance.  Security and Global TV present.

2018

CoolAid, Supportive Housing for the Homeless, Victoria

Facilitated volatile 2.5 hour public meeting of 40 angry local residents. Abhorted planned presentation in favour of listening to concerns and resulted in list of specific questions and input of concerns and ideas.  Organizers themed concerns and presented them back as FAQ and subsequent meetings were productive.

2017

Unitarian Church, Calgary

Facilitated deep listening conversations about spiritual issues with congregants online. Hesitation at the beginning and deep engagement at the end.

2016

Yoga MCC, Instructor event, Calgary

Facilitated half day instructor retreat to reflect on past 10 years and plan for the future, resulted in clear directions for individuals and yoga centre.

2016

Public Service Agency, BC Government, Victoria                              

Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) for 12 provincial trainers over 3 days

2014

WorkSafe BC, Kelowna, BC

Facilitated 2.5 day retreat of 15 provincial directors with informal goals of relaxing silos and improving internal communication and formal goal to create a unified strategic plan.  Strong initial resistance to Appreciative Inquiry process yielded to group drafting strategic plan, and planning future meetings.

2011

Health Canada, Richmond, BC   

Facilitated Appreciative Inquiry on Discovering Resiliency over two days for 250 First Nations and Northern Inuit Nurses.  Sessions were playful, lively, connecting and resulted in multiple new initiatives, projects and collaborations across Canada.

2010

Gather the Women, International Women’s Day, Victoria

Facilitated evening planning meeting of local chapter 30 women. Resulting in local development of 3 day International Women’s Day retreat with notable speakers including Jean Shinoda-Bolen.

2010

Royal Roads University, Victoria

Facilitated high profile Appreciative Inquiry into Gender Equity in International Development with First Nations Elders and Members of Parliament present. Victoria MP, Denise Savoie, used group ‘dreams’ to introduce bill on Gender Equity

2010

Training in Power Academy                                                                                                   

Regularly teach multiple courses a year in manifestation, health, and reclaiming who you really are using meditation, power transference and vibrational psychology, since 2005

2005 – current

Quantum Learning                                                                                                                   

Developing career prep programs and course materials for high school and college teachers across Canada.  A suite of 9 Tourism Career Samplers were co produced with lead provincial teacher and organizations. www.teachingtourism.com

1997 – current

Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE), University of Victoria           

Advising on and contributing to program development of consortium of universities in Western Canada.  Pioneering online delivery before the internet (!). Developed course materials for core courses including Program Planning in Adult Learning and Facilitating of Adult Learning plus multiple workshops for 20 years.

1997 – 2013