Niagara College students lead the way at the 2017 Canadian Conference on Student Leadership

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NC LEAD students made their way to B.C. to speak with other student leaders across Canada. From left: Mindy Vegter, Jenny Vu, Anastasia Naleykina, Sarah Singleton (NC Student Development Program Coordinator), Chelsea Mizzi and Jamie Barbosa.

Five students from NC’s Leadership Exploration and Development program took to the floor out west and lead a workshop with other student leaders from around the country, presenting in front of their peers at the Canadian Conference on Student Leadership (CCSL).

The students made the trip to Vancouver, B.C. from Nov. 23-25 after all three of their proposals for the event were approved and selected by the conference’s committee, having demonstrated forward-thinking leadership concepts while integrating this year’s theme, Start with Why.

Jenny Vu (Business – Sales & Marketing), Mindy Vegter (Honors Bach. Business Administration – HR), Chelsea Mizzi (Graphic Design), Anastasia Naleykina (Business Administration – Marketing) and Jamie Barbosa (Business Administration – HR) attended the conference, sharing their views on the topics of leadership, goal setting and how to achieve them.

“I would highly recommend students to attend and even present at any upcoming CCSLs,” said Vu. “This was my second year attending, but first year as a presenter and I can’t rave enough about the strong connections I’ve made with other student leaders across the country!”

Naleykina, a second year marketing student from Russia, was excited about the opportunity to visit Vancouver for the first time and represent the college. NC was one of her first choices, noting the program and surrounding area as exceptional. She attended last year’s conference and took note of the presenters who provided her inspiration.

“I learned a lot from some of the speakers and I wanted to inspire others like they did,” she said. “I then set a goal for myself to present at this year’s conference.”

She spoke of the value that student engagement has in starting a career, pointing out the conference as a perfect platform for students to develop those necessary soft skills.

“Engage, reach out to people and don’t be afraid to ask questions,” Naleykina added. “This year was very helpful in terms of self development and I definitely took a lot away from the presentations including my own in which I tried to follow and implement the steps I was speaking of.”

Naleykina presented alongside Barbosa, their session titled “Achieving Goals: How and Why”. The two outlined various methods that would help individuals become more organized as well as how to make it easier to achieve one’s goals. It also touched on how some leaders aren’t necessarily chosen but become leaders due to past insight or experience.

“This was an invaluable learning experience,” commented Barbosa, “It gives students some great insight into leadership and how to prepare for their future.

“It’s a great opportunity for anyone who wants to improve their public speaking skills or who just want to meet future leaders,” he added.

The CCSL is a national conference bringing together student leaders from colleges and universities across the nation, incorporating exciting influential speakers and passionate student-lead seminars. Last year’s event was held in the Niagara Region and was co-hosted by Niagara College and Brock University with the conference reaching record-breaking college proposals. Many NC students attended last year, sparking interest to become involved in 2017.

Additional information about the CCSL can be found at theccsl.org/.

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