Students head to Maritimes for leadership conference
Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:33 am
Three Bert Church High School students will be making a visit to the Maritimes in September to participate in the “Lead the Way” Canadian Student Leadership Conference.
“A lot of it is about finding the leader in yourself,” said Danica MacDonald, 15, of the conference, adding there will also be information on running events, improvising and keeping your cool in stressful situations.
The Grade 10 student, along with Jenna Bocking and Kalbie Hokanson, will attend the conference from Sept. 15 to 21 in Prince Edward Island and will bring the concepts learned back to Bert Church.
MacDonald, who participated in the Alberta Student Leadership Conference in Edmonton last spring, said she is involved in every leadership program at her school.
“It’s something I grew up with,” she said of leadership.
“My parents taught me to be a leader.”
The student spent three years in Trinidad and Tobago where her youth-pastor father, Tim, worked with teens and schools and her pharmacist mother, Michelle, worked in health clinics.
MacDonald said during her time in the South American country she would often help her parents bring ice cream and groceries to orphanages in the area.
When she moved to Airdrie in 2008, she jumped at the opportunity to be involved in leadership activities.
“It makes your high school a lot more fun,” she said of her involvement.
Bert Church science and chemistry teacher Lindsay Rous said the P.E.I. conference is an opportunity for the students to experience advanced leadership training and she is hoping they come back with new ideas from schools across the country.
“They are three of the strongest leaders in our building,” Rous said of the students.
The leaders had to complete an application essay on why they wanted to attend the conference and what they would bring back from it.
Rous, who along with other leadership teachers and school administration selected the girls to attend the conference, said the students deserve to attend.
“They are go-getters,” she said. “They are involved in a lot of big events we run and have been selected for the Rocky View Leadership Academy.”
Fundraising for the trip is ongoing and donations can be made at bertchurch.rockyview.ab.ca by clicking on the CanadaHelps tab at the top of the page.
Keynote speakers at the conference include motivational speaker Phil Boyte, former Canadian Forces chief of defense staff; Canadian television personality Jessi Cruikshank and author Martin Latulippe.
“It’s a full-on week of intense leadership,” MacDonald said. “It’s just going to be amazing.”