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West Island Community Shares and John Abbott College are joining forces to offer a certificate that will support the professional development of leaders of non-profit organizations.

The non-profit sector is also feeling the effects of the labor shortage and wants to attract people from other sectors who are looking for a new and stimulating career. Participants in this 28-hour program will receive the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to manage and operate a successful organization.

Three modules

Divided into three modules, the instructors will cover a wide range of topics ranging from good governance practices to leadership, strategic planning, HR, financial management, fundraising, donor management, and more.

The program is aimed at aspiring leaders, including middle managers and front-line staff, newly appointed directors, university or college graduates interested in a career in non-profit organizations, as well as anyone looking for a career change.

“As the non-profit sector feels the impact of the labor shortage, we hear from friends, neighbors and family members who are questioning their career choices and don’t necessarily want to go back to a pre-pandemic career lifestyle, says Sophie McCann, Executive Director, West Island Community Shares, and the instructor of the third module on fundraising. These people present an impressive background that could be of tremendous benefit to our community organizations. This new non-profit leadership certificate will provide them with a bridge to facilitate their professional transition.”

Sylvie Boucher, manager at Cégep John Abbott, explains that the Cégep John Abbott Continuing Education Center has long offered professional development programs to adult students, in collaboration with the community, and this is another excellent example. “This certificate course will provide individuals with the opportunity to hone their management and leadership skills in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of community organizations.”

Steve Sauvé


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