Future Leaders Conference (FLC)

The 2024 Future Leaders Conference, taking place on March 5, is themed "Leadership through Diversity" and will present a dynamic, immersive experience for Middle School students passionate about fostering inclusive leadership. This day-long student-planned event is designed to deepen each students' understanding of diversity as a cornerstone of effective leadership.

Throughout the conference, students will engage in a series of workshops centred around collaboration and education. These workshops are designed to challenge participants, enhance their teamwork skills and expand their perspectives. Through a variety of collaborative challenges, students will explore the significance of inclusivity and the ways we can cultivate more inclusive spaces and mindsets within our communities.

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A Message from Elmwood's School Captain:


Danya Hakeem, School Captain 2023-34

Our ultimate objective for the Future Leaders Conference is to empower every participant. Our hope is that each student leaves with a heightened sense of self-awareness, a deeper understanding of their peers, and the realization that they are capable of effecting tangible, positive changes in society. This conference is not just an event; it's a journey toward becoming more empathetic, inclusive, and effective leaders for tomorrow.

Danya Hakeen, School Captain, and the Future Leader’s Conference Organizing Committee

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Keynote Speakers, Anthony Johnson and Dr. James Makokis

Anthony Johnson and Dr. James Makokis shattered conventional norms as the first-ever Two-Spirit team on the Amazing Race Canada. Their inspiring journey brought critical issues of gender, sexuality, and First Nations experiences to the national spotlight. Demonstrating tenacity, resilience, and indomitable spirit, they triumphed in Season 7, setting a ground-breaking precedent for diverse representation in popular media.

While they may seem inseparable, each brings a unique perspective, a distinct skill set, and a wealth of lived experiences that have shaped them into the advocates they are today. Their intertwined journeys as individuals, as a Two-Spirit couple, and as part of the rich tapestry of their peoples' history, have fueled their work in service and in advocacy. Their focus lies in raising awareness about the challenges faced by First Nation and LGBTQ2S+ communities, and the need for equity and accessibility.

As they traverse Canada, sharing tales of their Amazing Race journey, their community endeavors, and their unique perspectives, they provide insightful recommendations on how to further their cause and challenge oppressive stereotypes. Their mission is to globally unite allies in the pursuit of equal access and fair treatment for the communities they represent.

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8:30-8:45a.m - Arrival 

8:45a.m - Opening ceremonies to introduce the focus of the conference: Leadership through Diversity.

9:00a.m - Keynote speaker: Anthony Johnson and Dr. James Makokis

10:00a.m -  Break & Snack

10:15 a.m - Meet Group (Gr. 12 Leaders) & Ice-breakers

10:35a.m - WORKSHOP #1 - Scavenger Hunt or #2: Second Smaller Group Keynote. 

11:20a.m - Lunch!

12:00p.m - Outside Time!

1:00p.m - WORKSHOP #1 - Scavenger Hunt or  #2:  Second Smaller Group Keynote! 

2:00p.m - BREAK

2:15 p.m -  Final Challenge - Working with a group to create a final product to show the larger group! A building activity for students to collaborate on a structures which will compete in a final test -  the final creations will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! Which are given prizes!

2:40p.m - Presentations will be given~

3:15p.m - Closing ceremonies and completion of exit activity on intentions of how to move forward.

3:30p.m - Departure

*Scheduled timings subject to change

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