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Our Seminar

Learn what makes COLS different from everything else out there!

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This year marks the 37th 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 over 50 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.

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.

Speakers

COLS is proud of providing a diverse range of speakers with various backgrounds, histories, and experiences to students each year. On each day of the seminar, students have the opportunity to listen to professional, entertaining, and informative motivational speakers. Our speakers provide valuable insight into issues facing students and young people today.

For example, speakers have talked about facing new experiences such as entering college or university. Others discuss the difference about seeing opportunities instead of obstacles when faced with difficult circumstances in their daily lives or future endeavours.

Carol Schulte
Carol Schulte
Juan Bendana
Juan Bendana
Sunjay Nath
Sunjay Nath

Alyssa Light
Alyssa Light
Amy Tepperman
Amy Tepperman
Andy Thibodeau
Andy Thibodeau
Blake Fly
Blake Fly
Brandon Love
Brandon Love
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins
Ian Tyson
Ian Tyson
Joel Hilchey
Joel Hilchey
Sami Jo Small
Sami Jo Small
Sarah Wells
Sarah Wells

Weekend Activities

Team work and collaboration are important in all aspects of life. Leadership is developed through verbal and non-verbal communication. That is where group activities are so powerful to the growth of our ambassadors. Ambassadors progress through a series of activities over the course of the weekend. They begin by getting to know each other. Next, they cycle through six team building workshops that push them to think critically to solve unique problems.

On Saturday morning they work together on a volunteer project to give back to the community. Then they hone their communication and presentation skills through table topics. Before they leave on Sunday they reflect on their weekend together and the bonds they have created.