New Leadership Course Provides Bridge to Career Change Due to Pandemic

“The pandemic has forced many people to question some of their life choices and they may be looking for a career change,” says Sophie McCann.

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John Abbott College and West Island Community Shares (WICS) have partnered to offer a non-profit certified leadership course.

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Sophie McCann, executive director of WICS, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for 40 community groups on West Island, said the idea for a course to develop future leaders in the community sector came up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic has forced many people to question some of their life choices and they may be looking for a career change,” he said. “This program will help them move from what they are currently doing to a new challenge.”

McCann said the 28-hour certified course will help provide “professional development for current and aspiring leaders” in nonprofits.

“The community sector is also feeling the effect of the current labor shortage and wants to attract people from other sectors looking for a challenging new career.”

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The program’s instructors, one of whom is McCann, will cover a variety of topics, from good governance practices, leadership, strategic planning, human resources, financial management, fundraising, and donor management.

West Island Community Shares Executive Director Sophie McCann will be one of three instructors for a new nonprofit leadership course.
West Island Community Shares Executive Director Sophie McCann will be one of three instructors for a new nonprofit leadership course. Photo by John Mahoney /Montreal Gazette

The goal of the program is to provide participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to manage and operate a successful non-profit organization.

The program begins Tuesday, January 11. It will take place for 10 weeks, with one session per week. Some sessions will be held virtually at Zoom, while other sessions will be in person at John Abbott College.

The course is offered through the JAC Continuing Education Department.

The instructors are McCann, Marlo Turner-Ritchie, founder of Social Impact Consulting, and Yves Picard, CEO of Carrefour jeunesse Emploi Ouest-de-l’Île and CJE Marquette.

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The cost is $ 695 plus tax after December 15.

WICS will offer “scholarships” to current employees of West Island-based nonprofits, but certain conditions apply.

While the program is aimed at aspiring leaders, including current middle managers and front-line staff, McCann said it could also prove valuable to newly appointed directors and college and university graduates interested in a career in non-profit organizations. for profit, as well as anyone looking for a career change.

“For many of the younger generations, it is important that they have fulfilling careers. They don’t necessarily want to work for a large corporation, but they may want a career that is more meaningful. So those people interest us, ”McCann said.

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Like other sectors of Montreal’s workforce, McCann said nonprofits have been affected by staff turnover as people retire or make lifestyle changes during the pandemic.

“Some nonprofits have a leader in place and some of them are getting older and starting to think about retirement and need to think about succession planning. They don’t always have someone in their organization who is ready for it. So that’s part of what activated (this certificate). “

To register or for more information, visit https://continuingeducation.johnabbott.qc.ca/non-profitleadership-ccertificate.

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