Leaders from Ladysmith and Nanaimo will share their experiences

Leadership Vancouver Island Alumni is hosting a community leadership speakers' panel April 24 in Ladysmith.

Four well-known Ladysmith and Nanaimo leaders are coming together to share their experiences with the community.

Hosted by Leadership Vancouver Island Alumni, the upcoming Community Leadership Unplugged speakers’ panel on April 24 aims to spread awareness about what good leadership can do for a community and how people can accomplish it.

“It’s an educational opportunity to learn about leaders and leadership,” said Karen Cousins, an alumni member. “What we want to share is the passion that people have and why they do what they do.”

The four panelists are Adrian Legin, CEO of Coastal Community Credit Union; Jenna Forster, managing partner of J. Forster & Associates; Peter Richmond, president of 49th Parallel Grocery and George Anderson, Nanaimo city councillor.

A moderator will also be present to keep the evening on schedule.

The panel members will answer such questions as “why do you care about your community” and “what motivates you to stay involved.”

The audience will be encouraged to ask questions and to participate in the discussion.

“The goal is to have input from the audience and have an interactive session,” Cousins said.

The BC Leadership program was first started in 2005; however, after some restructuring, it has become known as Leadership Vancouver Island and encompasses a broad range of communities, including Ladysmith and Nanaimo.

The Alumni, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2009, for graduates of the Leadership program to stay connected.

Jim Cameron is currently enrolled in the Leadership VI program, which is a one-year program.

Participants in the LVI program engage in community leadership development through several dynamic individual and group learning opportunities during the program year, including community projects and monthly workshops.

Most recently, Leadership Vancouver Island was a partner in the building of the new skate park in Ladysmith. They have also been active with the local 10 per cent shift campaign.

“I think our community is very lucky when you look at all that happens in our community and how much of it is volunteer (run). Those people are the leaders in our community,” Cousins said.

Community Leadership Unplugged takes place April 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Frank Jameson Community Centre. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is $10, and all proceeds are being donated to the Haven Society.

To register, visit http://communityleadershipunplugged.eventbrite.com.

For more information on Leadership Vancouver Island and the Alumni, visit http://leadershipvi.com.