Italy, California, Montreal, and New York. These are just some of the destinations participants in the Leading and Learning Program have visited to further their professional development. Attending conferences, symposiums, or meeting with peers, they have improved their own leadership skills and been able to strengthen their organizations.
Rob Howarth, Executive Director of the Toronto Neighbourhood Centres, applied for a grant because he felt a need to expand his thinking around creating more inclusive and sustainable economic structures in the community. Along with three local partner organizations, he received a grant to travel to the Synergia Conference in Italy. For Howarth, going with a group of peers from Toronto was critical to the success of the experience. “We went as six individuals from four organizations. Having a shared network made the experience really powerful and also we were able to sustain it once we got back, much more so than going as an individual.”