Building Blocks for Young Leaders

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Hamilon Wentworth District School Board Building

20 Education Court

Hamilton, ON L9A 5H2


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On behalf of 2017 YCAT team, we are very excited to extend this invitation to our upcoming YCAT Conference - Building Blocks for Young Leaders.

The Youth CEO Advisory Team aims to provide leadership and skills development to young staff, increase engagement and understanding of governance and create a formal mechanism for communication and knowledge.

Your YCAT team will be hosting this FREE conference on Saturday, November 18th 2017 for staff ages 18-30 (with the opportunity to bring a guest).

Light snack in the morning, lunch and refreshments will be provided. The event will be held at the Board of Education building in Hamilton (20 Education Court, Hamilton, Ontario L9A 0B9). Participants will have the ability to select from various workshops to attend through the day based on their own development needs and interests.

Conference Programming

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Registration and Breakfast

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM: Opening Remarks and Welcome - Nicki Glowacki

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: Keynote Speaker - Nick Petrella

Nick is a passionate educator who is always trying to impart his knowledge on other people. Nick was awarded the St Joseph Hospital Spirit of Hope that is awarded to an individual who is making strides on reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and was the recipient of a YMCA Peace Medal Nomination in 2017. Nick is also a co-founding member of the Mohawk College Mental Health in Motion peer to peer support initiative which has been operating since January 2015.

11:00 AM – Noon

Session 1: Mental Health and Self-care for Young Professionals (Presenter: Marleen Filimon)

Session 2: Working across different generations and Managing Up (Presenter: Alyssa Lai -

Session 3: Leading the Leader Within (Presenter: Fahad Meer -

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Lunch & Marketplace

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Session 1:Reaching your full potential (Presenter: Hosam Helal)

Session 2:Time (Presenter: Fahad Meer -

Session 3:Conflict Management (Presenter: Emanuel Da Costa)

1:35 PM – 3:05 PM: Panel Discussion: Social Inclusion

Panelists: Jim Commerford, Deiddre Pike (Positive Space Trainer), Hosam Helal (Community Leader – Muslim Perspective).

3:05 PM – 3: 30 PM: Closing Keynote: Fahad Meer & Closing Remarks


Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes - this Conference is limited to YMCA Staff between the ages of 18 - 30.

Is Parking available?

Yes - free parking is available to all attendees.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Kindly contact Fariha Ali:

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