Last weekend 124 students from 31 schools across the country joined together at the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Student Leadership Conference. The three-day conference which focused on “action through interaction” ended on Sunday. The student planning-committee, who spent many months organizing the national conference, said the event was successful beyond their hopes.
The student delegates were placed in pods and workshop groups in order to discuss social and political issues. The groups then spent some time in downtown Victoria and had a chance to meet with individuals in the community who are connected to the issues they discussed in their pods. The ten pods then reported and presented their issues for their peers and completed a concrete action plan for their home schools.
After the conference ended there were very positive comments from the billets. The host families said the delegates they hosted were filled with excitement and that they didn’t want to go home. The billets also commented on how positive an experience it was to open their homes to these wonderfully bright and intelligent future leaders.
One parent from the east commented and said the conference was “life-changing.”