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The Ally Checklist

Being an ally is a unique role with challenging and sometimes painful encounters. The process of becoming and being an ally is no easy task. It takes: a lot of discussion, challenges, support and tears deep personal examinations into our own privilege(s) development, maintenance, and practice understanding how we benefit everyday from our privileges whether we want to or not rising above guilt Supporting someone to be an...

Conflict Strategies: What Are You Like?

Different people use different strategies for managing conflicts. These strategies are learned, usually in childhood, and they seem to function automatically. Usually we are not aware of how we act in conflict situations. We just do whatever seems to come naturally. But we do have a personal strategy, and because it was learned, we can always change it by learning new and more effective ways of managing conflict. When you...

The Art of Debriefing

Debriefing is a fancy way of saying ‘to talk about it together’. Why do we ‘debrief’ activities?   Debriefing each activity or exercise that your group experiences will allow the group to process or “decode” the ideas, concepts and skills that they have just explored. Decoding is the process of critical questioning with the group that happens after every ‘code’ has been...

Competencies for Voluntary Sector Leaders

Adapted from the June 2003 NLI Report: What Do Voluntary Sector Leaders Do?   Competencies are the knowledge, skills, abilities, intangible/tangible mindsets and behaviours that lead to improving life in the community and the world through principled actions and professional behaviour in the voluntary sector. The Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges worked...