Programoffers leadership skills

Published on Thu, May 18, 2006
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Program offers leadership skills

The Whatcom Coalition for Healthy Communities is accepting applications through June 15 for the next Leadership Whatcom program beginning September 2006.

The coalition launched Leadership Whatcom in 2005 as a collaborative leadership program designed specifically for Whatcom County.

The 10-month intensive program offers opportunity for people who want to focus on leadership skills as well as apply their learning to various complex issues and assets in our county.

Program coordinator Mary Dumas said the program fills a critical need in our county and offers a rare and dynamic venue for Whatcom County residents from all walks of life to develop skills necessary to find common ground.

Many participants are existing or emerging leaders who want to learn more about their leadership style, add to their toolkits of skills and expand their community networks.

Cirriculum will explore various community conditions impacting the local communities’ social, environmental, agricultural and economic vitality while hearing from guest speakers and visiting key sites around the county.

Graduates of the program will have the ability to make their mark in their community through participation as part of a small team that designs and implements a team project.

Sue Anderson, executive director of the coalition says, “It is so exciting to see Leadership Whatcom developing into such a vital program that is focusing on solutions rather than polarization and collaboration rather than partisanship.”

As a locally grown, intensive and county-wide program, Leadership Whatcom is in its second year and enjoys the generous support of numerous sponsors and dozens of volunteers.”
Application packets for the 2006-2007 session are available at and are due by the end of business day on Thursday, June 15.

The coalition will also be celebrating 10 years of community action and will soon be launching their 2006 Whatcom Community Counts project. Its mission is to improve the health and quality of life in Whatcom County by facilitating community action, enhancing awareness and fostering collaboration. With the Leadership Whatcom program, we continue to make a positive difference.

The Whatcom Coalition for Healthy Communities office is located at 1511 Cornwall Avenue in downtown Bellingham.

Applications and additional information about the program or the coalition are available on the web at or by calling the Whatcom Coalition for Healthy Communities office at 715-1061.