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Leadership I 

Leadership I is designed to foster and develop the essential skills and qualities of a great leader. 20150307_104354.jpgGeared toward students in Grade 10 and up this program is perfect for those looking to gain job skills, work experience, volunteer hours, and have a whole lot of fun!

For 10 weeks from late January until the end of April, we meet for one evening a week to work on leadership styles, communication, time management and professionalism, personal development, and theory on group management and working with children.

Weeknight sessions are perfectly complimented by weekend trips including overnights at Sasamat Outdoor Centre where youth can opt to gain certifications in Standard First Aid, Food-Safe BC, High-Five, and RCABC Canoeing levels.

This program builds the essential skills and knowledge necessary to help land rewarding jobs and impact the community around you. Make new friends, gain volunteer hours, acquire references for your resume, experience running programs for children, and even a chance to win a scholarship!


Core Program Components

  • leadership development in the areas of leadership styles, communication, conflict resolution, life skills, job preparedness, time management and self care during weekly meetings
  • practical skill development in the areas of program facilitation and outdoor recreation knowledge during weekend programs 
  • a strong social network of likeminded motivated youth

Certifications/Experience Gained 

  • First Aid, C.P.R. and Food Safe certifications
  • RCABC canoe courses
  • practical experience facilitating outdoor programs for children

Resume Boosters 

  • professional references from Leadership instructors 
  • volunteer hours that can be applied to high school requirements for graduation
  • Dave Stevens scholarship opportunity 


Registration Overview  

LI includes 10 weeknight activity and theory sessions from late January through to the end of April, as well as three full weekend programs and one full day workshop in Vancouver. In addition, LI students are given the opportunity to volunteer during Sasamat Outdoor Centre's Spring Break Camp. 

There is an initial evening theory registration fee, which covers the cost of the weekly meetings. Subseqeunt weekend programs will have individual registrations and fees. Weekend registration must be completed one week prior to the program start date. Transportation will be provided for most weekend events. 
LI is offered in two separate locations, students can register at one of two locations listed below.
  • LI Evening Theory Registration Fee: $75.00 
Sessions - Offsite Leadership One - 2016 Coquitlam Registration
Spaces Left Cost Date Registration
Evening Theory Registration (LI Registration - Coquitlam): $75.00
Jan 26, 2016 - May 3, 2016 more details
Sessions - Offsite Leadership One - 2016 Port Moody Registration
Spaces Left Cost Date Registration
0 (waitlist) only.
Evening Theory Registration ( LI Registration - Port Moody): $75.00
Jan 27, 2016 - May 4, 2016 more details
Leadership I Locations and Dates: IMG_0910.jpg
Tuesday Group: 
Douglas College David Lam Campus, Coquitlam
1250 Pinetree Way
First Meeting: January 26, 2016
Room: B2340

Wednesday Group: 
Port Moody Recreation Centre, Port Moody
300 Ioco Road (next to Arena and Library)
First Meeting: January 27, 2015 
Room: Multipurpose Room 3 or 2 


LI students can choose the weekends and certifications they wish to register for. Full participation in at least 2 weekend days in addition to 1 full weekend is required to graduate LI. A student cannot select more than 2 certicification courses per weekend. Weekend registration will become available after the start of the program. 
  • Skill Development, Feb 19-21
  • Neighbourhood House Visit, Mar 5-6 
  • Social Justice Workshop, Apr 2  
  • Leadership & April Day Camp, Apr 22-24
  • $90/weekend (meals included)
  • $90/weekend (meals included)
  • $20 (bring lunch or $ to purchase)
  • $90/weekend (meals included)

Certification courses are offered during weekend programs. Certification course registration will become available after the start of the program.  

  • RCA of BC Tandem Canoe Course (date TBA)
  • RCA of BC Solo Canoe Course (date TBA)
  • WCB Level 1 First Aid, must be 16 yrs old (date TBA)
  • Food Safe Level 1 (date TBA)
  • High Five, must be 15 yrs old (date TBA)
  • $ 35
  • $ 40 
  • $ 90
  • $ 65
  • $ 65 
Graduation Requirements
Participants must meet all the following requirements to successfully graduate from the LI program.
-All fees paid
-10+ relevant hours of volunteer work
-Full participation in at least 7 of the weekday evening sessions
-Full participation in at least 2 weekend days in addition to 1 full weekend
-Complete exit interview during week 10 of the program 

Students will not recieve their LI certificate of completion unless they complete all the above requirements. Upon completion of the LI, participants will be invited to join Sasamat for the annual Leadership Recognition Night on May 10, 2016 at 6:30pm. This event will be hosted at Sasamat Outdoor Centre. 


Please note payment must be received on-line or through a cheque mailed to Sasamat Outdoor Centre prior to the start of the program.  You will not be considered to be registered until your payment has been received in full.  
If a student is unable to attend a full weekend - partial participation is okay. A parent must pre-arrange to pick up/drop off a student. There is no discount offered for only attending a partial weekend. 
Our office must be notified of any cancellations at least 15 days prior to the start date of the event in order to receive a refund.  There is no refund if less than 15 days notice of cancellation is given. See Refund Policy below.

Refund Policy

Youth unable to attend a weekend session for any reason will receive a refund, less a $30 cancellation/administration fee, provided our office is notified fifteen days before the start of the session. No refunds for regular weekly meetings. Registrations for any certification course will be fully refunded if youth is not able to take due to the certification program being full. Please note that the cancellation/administration fee is non-refundable/non-transferable. Refunds can take up to 4 weeks.