Leaders grad­u­ate from pi­lot lead­er­ship pro­gram

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS/WEATHER - BY ERIN POTTIE epot­tie@cb­post.com

PORT HAWKES­BURY — Com­mu­nity leaders from In­ver­ness and Rich­mond coun­ties grad­u­ated from an Antigonish uni­ver­sity’s pi­lot lead­er­ship pro­gram Satur­day.

The project, led by the St. Fran­cis Xavier ex­ten­sion depart­ment, is part of a provincewide ini­tia­tive to help emerg­ing and ex­pe­ri­enced leaders to de­velop per­sonal lead­er­ship skills. Half of the 20 par­tic­i­pants in the six-month pi­lot pro­gram were from Cape Bre­ton.

“It was great, we were able to come to­gether and bring out one each other strengths and it was re­ally great to work on those strengths,” said Shan­non MacDougall, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Strait Area Cham­ber of Com­merce.

MacDougall, who runs the sea­sonal busi­ness Ceilidh Tent and Event Rentals, said the pro­gram

also helped par­tic­i­pants im­prove on their weak­nesses.

“All the com­mu­ni­ties from which th­ese leaders hail, as well as the re­gion as a whole, will ben­e­fit from the par­tic­i­pant’s knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence, skills and net­work­ing gained dur­ing this pro­gram,” said ex­ten­sion depart­ment in­terim di­rec­tor Phil Dav­i­son in a press release.

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