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History

The Central Ontario Leadership Seminars (COLS) is a registered Canadian charitable organization dedicated to the recognition and development of leadership potential in grade ten high school students. Volunteers have provided an annual three-day seminar to students since 1982.

Each September, the Executive Planning Committee (EPC) begins the exciting task of planning the seminar, raising the necessary funds and sending out nomination packages to over 250 public, separate and private schools eligible to apply to represent their school at the all expenses paid, three-day seminar.

For over twenty years, COLS and its sister site in Eastern Ontario (EOLS) had been affiliated with the internationally recognized Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership as one of four seminars in Ontario. In 2002, the combined Leadership Seminars developed a fully Canadian based program and went out independently with a goal to have leadership seminars across the country and be Canada's top training program for the leaders of tomorrow.

COLS is a non profit organization and is unique in the fact that no school or student is charged to attend. It is by maintaining this strict policy that students from all economic and social backgrounds are given an equal opportunity to attend. Generous gifts from our constituents, combined with the dedication of hundreds of volunteers, provide the backbone of support necessary to deliver COLS' programs. This is the base of support which will sustain the organization for many years to come. To find out how you can help click here.

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