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Leadership Development Services

United Way strengthens the voluntary sector by providing training and workshops to local volunteers and boards of directors. Our volunteer Leadership Development Services program provides workshops and custom training sessions to nonprofit organizations throughout KFLA.

The Leadership Development Services (LDS) public workshops are designed for board members, staff and volunteers to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become effective and responsible leaders.

LDS Workshops are sponsored by KPMG.

Board Governance Workshops 2017/2018 LDS Workshops

For Board Members and Senior Administrators
(Fee: $25.00)
All Board Governance workshops start at 5:00pm and include light refreshments.

Introduction to Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

A non-profit board should lead the organization as a team, establishing a balanced working relationship in which they understand and respect each other. Learn how your board can become a cohesive team enhancing strategic direction and effectively solving problems.

This introductory workshop provides a basic understanding of what is required for strong board governance.  It is an essential workshop for first-time directors as well as directors looking for a refresher.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Define the role of your board
  • Identify the board model that works best for your organization
  • Identify and describe primary board responsibilities
  • Understand the roles of the Board and Executive Director/CEOBhavana Varma Workshop

Facilitator: Bhavana Varma is President & CEO of the United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington. An experienced facilitator with over 20 years in the not for profit sector, she brings insight and learning from her work with boards and staff locally and nationally.

Date: April 24, 2018, 5:00-7:30pm
Location: Ongwanada Auditorium, 191 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston
Facilitator: Bhavana Varma, President & CEO, United Way of KFL&A
Fee: $25.00



Fundamentals of a Team Member (Fee: $50)

This workshop will cover 3 key phases of being an excellent Team Member: Mindset, Action and Leadership. This will be a principled approach to teamwork, and will be theBiren Bandara Workshop first building block on the path to leadership excellence.

Date: May 31, 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Family and Children’s Services, 817 Division Street, Kingston
Facilitator: Biren Bandara



Custom Workshop Fee Schedule
(A bursary application is available on request)

  • Half day session: $150
  • Full day session: $300
  • Management Assistance Program*: $700

* The Management Assistance Program (MAP) is a cost effective way to provide ongoing facilitation and workshops for organizations that may need more than two or three custom workshops but fewer than five.


Previous Workshops:

Risk Management (Date: March 8, 2018, 5:00-7:30pm)
Kim Murphy, Queen’s University

Legal Duties and Liabilities of Directors  (Date: February 13, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm)
Facilitator: Peter Tobias, Viner Kennedy Frederick Allan & Tobias LLP

Financial Stewardship (November 22, 2017, 5:00-7:30pm)
Facilitator: Mike Nemec and Shanil PatelKPMG

Strategic Toolbox (November 22, 2017, 5:00-7:30pm)
Rebecca Darling,Rebecca Darling Consulting