In addition to our 10-month intensive Leadership Program, we also offer a series of informal lunch-time programs that are open to anyone from the community.
Dates for the 2018-19 series are:
All sessions take place on Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 12:55 p.m. in the board room at SaskAbilities, 1410 Kilburn Avenue, unless otherwise noted.
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In 2007, Leadership Saskatoon and Volunteer Saskatoon developed a partnership and started a series of Lunch & Learn events in Saskatoon. A need had been voiced for a space to gather community leaders and discover together. Cheryl Dougan, a skilled facilitator, coach and friend of the two organizations, was recruited to test out the ideas and launch the partnership. It was Cheryl that coined the name “The Sandbox.” “What happens in the Sandbox, stays in the Sandbox” was demonstrated in the groups’ commitment to fun, messy conversations, confidentiality and the intimacy of community. The lunch-time format was ideal for many as it gave participants a short break from their daily routines, provided a space for learning, growing and discovering, plus time for networking.
The Sandbox Lunch & Learn sessions have continued to be successful and meaningful for the community and are currently coordinated by volunteers and alumni from the Leadership Saskatoon program. Participants come from a wide variety of community based organizations, academic settings and from the business community. The pillars of success include the many volunteers who have coordinated the series, the remarkable session facilitators and speakers who have gifted us with their input and leadership, and the participation and enthusiasm of the participants. It is important to note that our meeting space is also gifted to us by the SaskAbilities.
In addition to the goals of gathering and networking, it was identified that learning and “trying out” leadership concepts and tools were very important. Participants have always provided input on the topics and content. Often the sessions are “teasers” on bigger and more complex themes that are part of the Leadership Saskatoon program.
The Lunch & Learn series continues to offer 5-6 sessions each year, free of charge, to registered participants. For more information, and/or to be added to our contact list please contact Leadership Saskatoon firstname.lastname@example.org