Since 2008, OASIS has collaborated with the Queen’s School of Business to provide executive leadership training to current and potential Executive Director’s from across the province. Following on the very successful experience in 2008, 2009 and 2010, a fourth Leadership Course was held at the Donald Gordon Centre at Queen’s University during the week of March 21st, 2011. In total there have been 170 participants during the four successful programs. This Program was initiated by former OASIS President, Gerry Sutton. It was through his leadership that the discussion began. The result was Queen’s University generously reducing its standard program rate, and with initial startup funds from the Oakville Foundation for Intellectually Handicapped People, the Queen University Leadership Course was set in motion.
Additional sponsorship and collaboration on course content was strengthened through partnering with the Ministry of Community and Social Services and OASIS. To ensure the Queen’s Program continues to meet the sector’s leadership needs, representatives from OASIS, the Ministry and the Oakville Foundation continue to meet with Queen’s program planning personnel to review and make recommendations with regard to the curriculum and faculty.
The Oakville Foundation for Intellectually Handicapped People set the course in 2008 with the support of the Queen’s Leadership Program and strengthened the OASIS vision of strong, viable, accountable agencies that have the resources and professional competencies to provide quality supports and services to people with special needs.