Student Leadership Retreat

Students from across the EMSB recently attended the 14th annual Student Leadership Camp at Val-Estrie in Waterville, QC. The camp was organized and run by approximately 30 high school students from the EMSB. The annual retreat gives students and administrators an opportunity to nurture a spirit of sharing and community as they both hone their leadership skills.

Approximately 230 students from James Lyng High School in Ville Emard, John Paul I High School and Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard, Lauren Hill Acadamy in St. Laurent, Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North, Marymount Academy and Royal Vale High School in N.D.G., Rosemount High School and Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount, Royal West Academy in Montreal West, and Westmount High School participated.

The mission of the annual camp is to foster the development of student leadership through icebreaker games, experiential learning, guided discussions, team building activities, personal reflections as well as imparting leadership experiences between the campers. These undertakings are accomplished in a safe and friendly environment where students are encouraged to challenge their comfort levels and grow as leaders. Chris Cummins delivered the keynote address and stressed the importance of goals, accomplishing your dreams and making a difference one small step at a time.

While most students arrived at camp strangers, they left having formed bonds of friendship across our network of schools and life-long memories. Despite their physical exhaustion, students travelled home emotionally energized and ready to take on the mantle of leadership at their schools.
In many schools, the students involved in leadership are actively involved in the life-blood of their schools: planning and organizing school activities, serving as ambassadors to their community and as social activists. As representatives of the student body, they sit on committees such as Governing Board, EMSAC, marketing committees and informally at times when we wish to evaluate the feelings of the student body.