This year marks the 35th anniversary of our seminar. Without the support of the dedicated volunteers every year, our sponsors, and ambassadors all of this would not be possible. We pride ourselves on offering this program annually to over 120 grade ten high schools from all over central Ontario, at no cost to them. COLS relies on donations from service clubs, corporations and small businesses, and private donors.
The seminar is run by a group of volunteers who each take on various tasks and roles throughout the planning stages as well as at the seminar. Most volunteers were once previous COLS ambassadors. However, many observed the program in action and wanted to become involved in this dynamic opportunity to promote youth leadership. Overall, there are around 50 staff volunteers.
The main focus of the seminar is to teach students "how to think, not what to think." By opening up communication channels and interactive panel discussions students are able to express their views in an accepting environment. Internationally recognized speakers are brought in to motivate the ambassadors during the weekend.
The weekend has a full itinerary from the moment the students arrive Friday morning to the moment they leave Sunday afternoon. The ambassadors partake in panel discussions, listen to motivational speakers, participate in team building exercises and games, group and club meals, a variety show, and a free dance provided by Evolution DJ.