PLDI Core Leadership Training June 2014

We’re were very pleased to host a Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) – Core Leadership Training in B.C. on June 26 – 29, 2014 at Loon Lake, Maple Ridge, BC.

What is the Positive Leadership Development Institute?
The Positive Leadership Development Institute is a three module training (Core Leadership Training, Communication Skills Training and Bored? Get on Board!) for people living with HIV and offers PHAs an opportunity to identify and develop leadership skills.

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.

The curriculum objectives for the training are for participants to have the opportunity:

  • To understand the 5 principles and 10 commitments of leadership
  • To realize individual leadership potential
  • To participate in building a network of leaders within the PHA 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 encourage participants to take on facilitator and mentoring roles within the community
  • To expand participants awareness of our community

IMPORTANT: It must be emphasized that the PLDI trainings are professional development opportunities – not retreats. The training will take place over the course of four days – and these days are very structured and intensive. While there are scheduled breaks, the days are quite long and people attending the training are expected to be present and participating for the duration. This training is therefore recommended for people whose physical and mental health is at a place that they can fully participate.


Who is eligible to attend?
In order to attend, a person must be living with HIV/AIDS and resident in BC. Applicants must also have the endorsement of a PAN member agency. PAN is committed to ensuring diverse representation including women and Aboriginal PHAs. Core Leadership Training can be beneficial for PHAs both new and experienced in HIV work.


What is the application process for this training?
There are a total of 18 seats available.

All persons interested in taking the training must complete and submit an application form.


IMPORTANT: Questions about the program should be sent to the following email address:  [email protected]



By submitting an application, a person is indicating that they agree to the Code of Conduct as well as the Financial Guidelines – the documents are available for download earlier on this page.


We are asking for official support/endorsement from the Executive Director of a PAN member agency/organization for each submitted application. There is a space to indicate that endorsement on the application form.

IMPORTANT – By endorsing someone’s application, this means that the Executive Director:

  1. Recommends the applicant for this professional development (not retreat) opportunity; and
  2. Understands that PAN is not in a position to provide per diems or additional meals for those attending the trainings; and
  3. Agrees to the fee established for the training (see below); and
  4. Agrees to the “no show” policy that has been established for this training (see below).


Who will decide who gets to attend the training?
All applications will be reviewed by our volunteer Selection Committee comprised of PHAs and it is the Selection Committee that will make the determination as to the successful applicants. Applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have been accepted to the program on or before October 12/2012. A small wait-list will be generated as well in the event there are persons who decide in the end they are not able or willing to attend the training, and who provide us with the required 5 business days of notice.


Who will be delivering the training?
PAN works in an ongoing partnership with the OAN to deliver the PLDI trainings here in BC and in Ontario. This particular training will be delivered by BC trainers Kath Webster and Marc Seguin, with assistance from trainer-in-training Dakota Descoteaux.


What costs are covered? What costs are not covered?
PAN will cover the following costs for all successful applicants: long-distance or local ground or air travel to and from Vancouver; bus transport from meeting point in Vancouver to and from training facility at Loon Lake; accommodation and meals while at the training; hotel room pre- and post-training, for persons travelling from outside of the Lower Mainland, where required.


We will also provide child care subsidies wherever possible ($50 per day) and the need for childcare must be indicated on your application form.


What is the fee?
The fee is $150 per person from each PAN member organization who has someone attend the training from their agency.


We do not want this to represent a barrier to PHAs from being able to attend the training, so some flexibility will be in place for cases where paying this amount would present a true hardship for the PAN-member organization in question.


All fees are due to PAN by November 9th, in order to confirm a person’s attendance. Fees will be refunded in the event a person is unable to attend the training, provided notice is received by PAN by November 16th. After November 16th the fees are non-refundable.


“No Show” Policy
We hope that there is enough commitment to this training that we will not have any “no shows”, and we are happy that that has been the case so far with our BC trainings. At the same time, we want to stress that at present, we only have the resources to provide this training to a very limited number of PHAs in BC. PAN is allocating finite and limited resources to make this training a reality.


We will therefore continue to implement a “no show” policy. In the event that a person does not arrive at the designated meeting time and location on November 23rd, or fails to provide 5 business days notice of inability to attend (i.e. by 9 A.M. on Friday, November 16th), PAN will invoice their endorsing organization or agency for 100% of their training cost including any travel charges incurred by PAN, as well as their accommodation and meal costs. Exceptions: unexpected medical or health emergencies, family emergencies.


If after having read all of the information above, and having reviewed the Application Form, Code of Conduct and Financial Guidelines, if you still have questions, you can email them to [email protected]

Sarah Evans
Administrative Coordinator
Pacific AIDS Network