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United Way KFL&A offering virtual Leadership Development Services Workshops
Public workshops are designed for board members, senior staff and volunteers
KINGSTON, ON (March 24, 2021) – United Way KFL&A works to strengthen the voluntary sector of our community by offering training and workshops to non-profit organizations throughout KFL&A. The Leadership Development Services (LDS) public workshops are designed for board members, senior staff and volunteers of local agencies, to build capacity and develop skills for effective non-profit leadership.

In years past, these workshops have been offered in person, but with the COVID-19 Pandemic, they were unfortunately cancelled in 2020. Now, with virtual capabilities, United Way KFL&A is pleased to be able to offer these workshops once again in 2021 virtually, via Zoom.

“The Leadership Development Services Workshops are a great opportunity for local non-profits to learn more about topics that are critical for strong governance and operations,” explained Bhavana Varma, President and CEO, United Way KFL&A. “Board members, senior staff members and volunteers get a chance to participate, share ideas, learn about topics that apply directly to them and their work, network and find ways to strengthen their organizations.”

Workshops are made possible through sponsorship from KPMG and through professional facilitators leading the workshop and providing a forum for discussion and questions.  

“We are grateful for the ongoing support from KPMG and for our amazing facilitators who are always eager to share their expertise, answer questions and learn from the participants,” added Varma.

The first workshop for 2021 will take place on March 31 and will focus on Risk Management. Facilitator, Kim Murphy, Executive Director, Risk and Safety Services at Queen’s University will lead the workshop.

“Risk management is an integral part of an effective decision making process, allowing decision makers to make informed choices and prioritize actions,” she explained. “Organizations can be better prepared to manage uncertainty and risk events by utilizing a structured process to identify, assess and prepare for those events,”

For more information about Leadership Development Service workshops and more details on upcoming workshops and how to register visit

Board Governance Workshops 2021

Risk Management:  Are You Ready for the Next Crisis
Date: March 31, 2021 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Facilitator: Kim Murphy, Queen’s University

Roles and Responsibilities of Boards: during the pandemic and after
Date: April 14, 2021 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Facilitator: Bhavana Varma, United Way of KFL&A & Rob Adams, YMCA

Financial Stewardship
Date: May 13, 2021 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Facilitator: Katie Mahon and Stefanie Mutheardy, KPMG

Professional Development Workshops

Strategic Planning During Challenging Times
Facilitator: Rob Wood, 8020Info Inc
2 Part Master Class

Part 1: Strategic Planning Today
Date: September 16, 2021 9:30 – 11:15 am

Part 2: Building Your Own Strategic Plan
Date: September 17, 2021 9:30 – 11:15 am

About United Way KFL&A
The United Way KFL&A works with individuals, organizations and key partners in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Region to build and strengthen our shared community, bringing people and resources together to facilitate change for the better. Our vision is a future in which people are self-sufficient in a community, where individuals live with hope, dignity and a sense of belonging. Stay up to date by following our social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and of course, look for regular updates on our website at

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Media Contacts:
Mandy Pasch, Manager, Marketing and Communications
United Way KFL&A
613-542-2674, ext. 1204,