Apply for Positive Leadership Development Institute Core Training!


The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) will be hosting an in-person Core Training “Who am I as a Leader?” Thursday October 26th – Sunday October 29th, 2023, on the unceded traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam First Nations in in Vancouver, BC.

Please share this leadership learning opportunity widely so that people living with HIV feel encouraged to apply.

The training takes place over four days at a pace to support learning and connection.

Day 1, Thursday, will be from 5:00 PM-8:30 PM.

Day 2, Friday, will be from 9:00 AM-7:30 PM.

Day 3, Saturday, will be from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

Day 4, Sunday, will be from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM to allow people from out of town to get back to their home communities.


The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) exists with the purpose of supporting people who are living with HIV/AIDS realize their leadership potential and increase their capacity to participate meaningfully in community life.

Past PLDI graduates have gone on into leadership roles such as: Peer Navigators, Peer Researchers, Peer Evaluators, Board Members, Committee Members, and additional roles in communities.

Past participants have shared:

“It was the most engaging, inspiring and incredible training. Full of fun, learning and wonderful relationships being built.”

“Take it, very useful to everyday life.  Well worth it- Self-empowering.”

“Learning about ways to utilize leadership skills within all populations or groups was incredibly beneficial. Learning to let my guard down and be able to utilize insights and experiences from other people despite them not being in the same demographic population as I am in.”

[I feel] “A new sense of belonging and purpose. I don’t feel as much as an outsider, (I’m actually teary eyed writing this).”


Workshop Details:

Core Leadership Training seeks to answer the question: “Who am I as a Leader?”

The three main goals of the training are:

  1. To identify personal values and philosophy
  2. To develop leadership skills and practices
  3. To gain community knowledge and awareness


 Curriculum objectives for the training are for participants to have the opportunity: 

To understand the principles of leadership;

To realize individual leadership potential;

To participate in building a network of leaders within the PLHIV community;

To realize the potential and strengths that each individual brings to the network;

To learn about and practice leadership skills in a safe environment;

To inspire others to become leaders;

To develop personal resiliency against stigmatization and the discrimination of HIV.


This is achieved through fun interactive, reflective and partnered group work throughout the weekend time together. 

Please note this is a Certificate training and participation is required- this is not a retreat. (Retreats are awesome too. 😊)


Preliminary details

Training Location: For this event we will be in Vancouver at the Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel on the unceded traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam First Nations.


Who is eligible to attend?

  • To attend, a person must be living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) and a resident in British Columbia.
  • Applicants must also have the endorsement of a PAN Member Agency or healthcare provider practicing in BC attesting to their HIV status. PAN is committed to ensuring diverse representation including women, BIPOC and Indigenous PLHIV.
  • We are only able to accept 12 participants and applications will be reviewed by a peer led committee.
  • This training isn’t open to people who have previously taken PLDI Core Training.


What is the fee?

There is no registration fee for the Core training. PLDI is a program within PAN and we are very proud to have received funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to continue our work with the PLDI program.


What is included?

The following meals will be covered as part of your training registration:

Thursday: dinner;

Friday: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner;

Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner,

Sunday: Breakfast & Lunch.

Transportation costs will be reimbursed for people traveling outside of Vancouver (plane, ferry) to approximately $400 (this may vary depending on location). As a not-for-profit program with limited funds we ask that you use the most cost affordable means of transportation when planning your trip, using public transportation, etc. Please note the PLDI manager will discuss transportation arrangements for participants traveling outside of Vancouver if your application is successful.

Participants outside of Vancouver will be provided three nights accommodations at the hotel, all accommodations will be single room.

PLDI is not in a position to offer per-diems at this time.


Materials provided

Hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and masks will be provided


Safety and Respect in Group Gatherings

PAN is committed to creating a safe and respectful environment at all of our events whether virtual or in-person. We recognize that people bring different strengths and experiences to events, and ask that all participants review and respect the PAN Group Guidelines so we may create a culturally safe community space together.


Respiratory health at in-person events

PAN staff, contractors and volunteers will wear a mask during in-person events (except when eating or drinking) to minimize risk of exposure to COVID or other respiratory illnesses. This is to support the health, safety, and comfort of attendees, especially the most vulnerable and those who are immunocompromised.

We recognize that COVID symptoms may be minor and go unnoticed, and masks continue to be a layer of protection to help control COVID’s spread. We know that COVID infection can be resolved within a week, but for some it can also lead to complications and long COVID, so we are taking this approach.

Participants and guests at our in person events are encouraged to wear masks and we will make those available along with hand sanitizer.

A staff member or attendee that is experiencing any symptoms of illness (fever, chills, respiratory symptoms) is asked to stay home or leave the event to protect the community, especially those who may be immune-compromised.

We continue to strongly encourage people to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and get ongoing boosters as suggested by public health guidance.

Please note that for any of our in-person events, we may have to make changes to these plans based on current public health conditions at the time, and the safety of all.

Perhaps not everyone is ready or able for an in-person training.  For BC residents and participants outside of BC we will be hosting a three week online Core training in February 2024, so stay tuned for more details. We look forward to seeing you at a PLDI online or future in-person training.


Applying to attend

The deadline for applications is 4:00 PM (Pacific Time) on Tuesday Oct 3, 2023.

Please use this link: Registration Form New –

We look forward to receiving your application.

For more info contact: Marc [email protected] or at (604) 569-1998 and leave a message.


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