Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI)

PLDI honors the leadership of the past; values the leadership of today; and inspires leadership for our future.


Hear PAN’s PLDI Manager Marc Seguin along with Tara Jewal (PLDI Manager at the Ontario AIDS Network), and pozcast host James Watson on the importance of peer leadership.

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. The Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) mentored PAN in developing these training modules. Beginning in 2017 PAN & the OAN partnered with COCQ-SIDA to deliver, for the first time ever, PLDI in French. All three agencies now work collaboratively to create a national network of informed and empowered PLHIV leaders in our aligned efforts to embody the GIPA/MIPA and Nothing About Us, Without US principles throughout everything we do.


PLDI events are respecting COVID-19 gathering restrictions. See information on our Upcoming Trainings page

The PLDI leadership program offers four trainings in BC:

  1. Core Leadership Training – Who am I as a leader? Prerequisite to other trainings.
  2. Governance (formerly Bored? Get on Board!)
  3. Communication Skills
  4. Mental Health First Aid


Since this video was made, the PLDI program has celebrated ten years and over 200 grads.

Once you have completed the Core Leadership training you may take the Governance training or the Communication Skills training in any order you wish. Mental Health First Aid is an advanced leadership opportunity, so PLDI graduates with two modules, or extensive community or front line peer work experience will be given preference.

Core Leadership Training

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


Communication Skills Training

This training is only open to graduates of the Core Leadership Training.

The Communications Skills Training explores the following topics through presentations, group work and discussions:

  • 5 practices & 10 Commitments
  • Structured Feedback
  • Effective Meetings
  • Active Listening
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations & Distracting Behaviors
  • Triggers
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Presentation Skills/Public Speaking
  • Practicum – Participants are given the opportunity to develop and deliver a short presentation


Governance (formerly Bored? Get on Board!)

Governance is another module that requires that applicants have completed the Core Leadership Training.

This professional development training provides an opportunity to establish a vision and mission through fun mock board scenarios and learn about:

  • The voluntary sector in Canada
  • Board accountability and responsibilities
  • Board governance models
  • Effective Meetings
  • Financial management notions
  • Understanding committee structures and purpose
  • Understanding potential conflicts of interest


Mental Health First Aid 

This specialized training is only open to graduates of the Core Leadership training.  It is contingent on funding and availability of specially trained facilitators.

Mental Health First Aid is a training course designed to give members of the public the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA does not teach participants to become therapists or counsellors, but provides the skills, knowledge, and attitudes allowing participants to offer effective first aid intervention to others.

The Basic (12 hours) course addresses four of the most common and most stigmatized mental health disorders and includes signs/symptoms, risk factors, and crisis first aid for specific situations:

  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Crisis First Aid for Overdose
  • Mood-Related Disorders
  • Crisis First Aid for Suicidal Behaviour
  • Anxiety and Trauma-related Disorders
  • Crisis First Aid for Panic Attack
  • Crisis First Aid for Acute Stress Reaction
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Crisis First Aid for Psychotic Episode


For more information about the Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI), please contact Marc Seguin, Manager of PLDI:  [email protected]  | 604-569-1998

We greatly appreciate the vision of our government funders and their ongoing commitment to supporting the work of PAN. 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.