PLDI Core Training, November 1 – 4 2018 at Loon Lake Lodge!




Training Dates: November 1 – 4, 2018
Training Location: Loon Lake,  BC


New: Thank you for your interest in PLDI!! The application system is now closed. We are no long accepting applications for the November Core Training. The next chance to apply for Core Leadership (Module 1) will be in the spring of 2019 and Fall 2019. Spring 2019 Core applications accepted staring March of 2019 and for Fall Core Training, we start accepting applications starting in August 2019!


We’re very excited to announce that PAN is hosting a Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) – Core Leadership Training November 1-4, 2018 at Loon Lake Lodge, just outside Vancouver.


The Core Leadership Training has proven to be a great success in BC, with 201 people having successfully completed Core Leadership Training. The training is truly helping PLHIV to realize their individual leadership potential and helping to strengthen a network of PLHIV leaders in British Columbia.


What is the Positive Leadership Development Institute?

The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) is a three-module training for people living with HIV and offers an opportunity to identify and develop leadership skills. The three modules of the training are:

  • Core Leadership Training
  • Communication Skills Training
  • Bored? Get on Board! (Board/organizational governance)

The Core Leadership Training provides the foundation for the other two modules of the training and is a prerequisite for them and all other PLDI events and resources.

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 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 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 training’s are professional development opportunities – not retreats. The Core Leadership 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. The endorsing agency must also submit a one time $150.00 application fee. PAN is committed to ensuring diverse representation including women and Indigenous PLHIV.  Core Leadership Training can be beneficial for PLHIV 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. The link to the application is at the bottom of this page.


Application system closed October 2, @ 4 PM.


Due to limited administrative resources, to promote efficiency and to make things easier for our volunteer Selection Committee members, we ask that all applications be submitted on the PAN web site. All PLDI Correspondence will be via email. Please let us know if you preferred other means of correspondence otherwise information will be sent to the email on your application.

While we prefer that people apply via the website, we will also accept an email if needed. Applications should be saved and sent in the following format: “Lastname_Leadership” – example, “Cossar_Leadership”. If scanning facilities are available, the application can be signed, scanned and sent as a PDF. However, it can also be simply worked on as a Word document, and then emailed (we will obtain the necessary signatures subsequently from all successful applicants). Application is at bottom of page. Email Applications 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. (see below)


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


Who will decide who gets to attend the training?

All applications will be reviewed by our volunteer Selection Committee comprised of PLHIVs and it is the Selection Committee that will make the determination as to the successful applicants. Applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they have been accepted to the program by October 8th.  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. Deadline to withdraw is October 24 at 4 PM.


Who will be delivering the training?

PAN works in an ongoing partnership with the OAN and COQ-SIDA to deliver the PLDI trainings that will help build a national network of informed and empowered PLHIV leaders. This training will be delivered by BC trainers Kath, Dakota, John, & with the support of a PLDI Grad assistant.


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; accommodation and meals while at the training; hotel room pre and post-training, for persons traveling from outside of the Vancouver (where required).

We will also provide child care subsidies wherever possible, which are $50/day.


“No Show” Policy

We hope that there is enough commitment to this training that we will not have any “no shows”. 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 PLHIV. We have finite and limited resources to make this training a reality. We ask you give PAN five days’ notice if you do not plan on attending. Deadline to withdraw is October 24th at 4 PM. 


What might participants expect to get out of attendance at the PLHIV Leadership Development Training?

The feedback from past BC trainings has been profound. Participants expressed a great deal of satisfaction with the training and the vast majority of participants have indicated that the training has encouraged them to increase their involvement in work/volunteering. Participants also stated that the Leadership training increased their confidence at work/when volunteering, with friends and family and with professional/health care providers/service providers.

The post event evaluations also found that Leadership graduates:

• Experienced improved confidence
• Felt more connected to the HIV/AIDS movement
• Felt that they could be a part of a community response


This is what participants had to say when asked to tell us about their experiences at past training’s: 

“Thank you so much. I came here depressed, scared and isolated. I left here loved, full of knowledge and empowered.”

“The wealth of information was presented so organically that the time flew by. The people I met exceeded all expectations compared to past conferences and workshops.”

“Absolutely wonderful facilitators and lots of information”

“Loved the laughter-no pressure, freedom to participate and totally safe environment.”

“It (PLDI) allowed me to see past my sickness and allowed me to see where I fit in the world.”

“The training has built a family-20 different people from different backgrounds in to one united
family Ubuntu or Harambee (meaning oneness in African)”

“I have found a deeper sense of who I am especially as a leader.”


Ready to Take the Next Step?

Sorry, but the application system is now closed. Please see above for when next to apply. If you have applied for Fall 2018 Core Leadership Training, we will advise of your application status either way, by  the email on your application on or before October 8th at the latest.

On behalf of our volunteer trainers we would like to thank you for taking the time to consider this worthwhile opportunity.

Jaydee Cossar
PLDI Manager
Pacific AIDS Network


(we are no longer accepting applications)

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We greatly appreciate the vision of our government funders and their ongoing commitment to supporting the work of the Pacific AIDS Network. In particular we gratefully acknowledge the Public Health Agency of Canada – HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.