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HISTORY OF CSLC

In 1983, the students and staff of the Yorkton Regional High School were invited to host the annual provincial leadership conference of 1985. A year later the Premier of Saskatchewan, the Hon. Grant Devine, challenged the Yorkton students to turn the 1985 provincial conference into a national conference. This would be one of Saskatchewan’s contributions to the 1985 International Year of the Youth project.


The students and staff of Yorkton Regional High School accepted the challenge, and the 1985 conference was held on September 18th, 19th, and 20th in Yorkton, SK. Over eight hundred students and student advisors attended this conference which had for its theme “YOUTH OF TODAY – LEADERS OF TOMORROW.” Not only did the people come from all across Canada, but there were also strong delegations from five states south of the border and one delegate from Mexico City. Among the keynote speakers were Mark Scharenbroich, Pamela Wallin, Laurie Skreslet, Jack Donahue and a host of others from within and outside Canada.

The advisors at the Yorkton conference voted unanimously to support the idea of an annual leadership conference across the nation. Provinces and Territories would be invited to host these conferences. Through the interest, effort, and commitment of these advisors, the Canadian Association of Student (Government) Advisors, now known as the Canadian Student Leadership Association, was born.

 

HISTORY OF CSLC

In 1983, the students and staff of the Yorkton Regional High School were invited to host the annual provincial leadership conference of 1985. A year later the Premier of Saskatchewan, the Hon. Grant Devine, challenged the Yorkton students to turn the 1985 provincial conference into a national conference. This would be one of Saskatchewan’s contributions to the 1985 International Year of the Youth project.


The students and staff of Yorkton Regional High School accepted the challenge, and the 1985 conference was held on September 18th, 19th, and 20th in Yorkton, SK. Over eight hundred students and student advisors attended this conference which had for its theme “YOUTH OF TODAY – LEADERS OF TOMORROW.” Not only did the people come from all across Canada, but there were also strong delegations from five states south of the border and one delegate from Mexico City. Among the keynote speakers were Mark Scharenbroich, Pamela Wallin, Laurie Skreslet, Jack Donahue and a host of others from within and outside Canada.

The advisors at the Yorkton conference voted unanimously to support the idea of an annual leadership conference across the nation. Provinces and Territories would be invited to host these conferences. Through the interest, effort, and commitment of these advisors, the Canadian Association of Student (Government) Advisors, now known as the Canadian Student Leadership Association, was born.

 
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1985
Yorkton
Saskatchewan

Yorkton Regional High School

Co-Chairs:  Barry Sharpe and George Takashima

Youth Leadership in Action

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1986
Sherwood Park
Alberta

Salisbury Composite High School

Co-Chairs:  Joan Souster and Ernie Leek

Success Through Involvement

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1987
London
Ontario

H. B. Beal Secondary School

Chair:  Dr. Al Harrington

Youth Leadership in Action

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1988
Lower Sackville
Nova Scotia

Sackville High School

Chair:  Judy White

Youth Can Make a Difference

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1989
Pointe Claire
Québec

John Rennie High School

Co-Chairs:  Brian Acton and Pat Jared

The Challenge of Leadership

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1990
Burnaby
British Columbia

Burnaby South Secondary School

Chair:  Wayne MacCullough

Creating Tomorrow’s Needs by Leading Today

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1991
Brandon
Manitoba

Vincent Massey High School

Chair:  George Takashima

T.N.T. – Tomorrow’s Needs Today

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1992
Kitchener
Ontario

Forest Heights Collegiate Institute

Chair:  Murray Baker

The Future Starts Today

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1993
Bishop's Falls
Newfoundland

Leo Burke Academy

Chair:  Josephine Budgell

Youth Today Leading the Way

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1994
Yorkton
Saskatchewan

Yorkton Regional High School

Chair:  Barry Sharpe

Tip Your Hats to Our Leaders / Chapeau-Bas à nos Leaders

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1995
Bathurst
New Brunswick

Bathurst High School and École Secondaire Népisiguit

Co-Chairs:  Don McKay and Jacques Ouellette

Set Sail for New Horizons / À Pleines Voiles vers l'Avenir

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1996
Edmonton
Alberta

Harry Ainlay High School

Co-Chairs:  Mary Butlin and Gane Olson

Leadership in Motion / Le Leadership – Ça Bouge

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1997
Pierrefonds
Québec

Riverdale High School

Chair:  Louise Pelletier

Take Flight / Prends ton envol

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1998
Kamloops
British Columbia

Kamloops School District

Chair:  Gloria Humphrey

One Nation – One Dream / Une Nation – Un Rêve

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1999
Waterloo
Ontario

Waterloo Collegiate Institute

Chair:  John Thompson

Making It Work! / À l'Oeuvre!

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2000
Winnipeg
Manitoba

St. John’s Ravenscourt School

Chair:  Judi Park

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow . . . Forever / Hier, Aujourd’hui, Demain . . . et Toujours

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2001
Lower Sackville
Nova Scotia

Sackville High School

Chair:  Tam Fawcett

Charting the Course 2001: A Leadership Odyssey / Traçons le parcours Odyssee de Leadership

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2002
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Schools

Chair:  Alison (Ruth) Montgomery

SPIRIT Students Putting Imagination, Resources & Ideas Together / ESPIRIT Éléves stimulant participations, ressources et idées tous ensemble

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2003
St. John's
Newfoundland

Prince of Wales Collegiate

Chair:  Bernice Langdon

Unlock the Future / Ouvrez les portes à l’avenir

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2004
Mission and Abbotsford
British Columbia

Heritage Park Secondary and Yale Secondary School

Co-Chairs:  Debbie Kooy and Linda Pollastretti

A River Runs Through It

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2005
Lloydminster and Wainwright
Alberta

Wainwright High School, Lloydminster Comprehensive High School and Holy Rosary High School

Co-Chairs:  Brent Allen and Stacey Kohlman

Plant a new Seed / Semez une nouvelle graine

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2006
Fredericton
New Brunswick

Fredericton High School

Co-Chairs:  Carolyn Barnhart and Heather Malco

Ordinary Youth doing Extraordinary Things / La jeunesse ordinaire accomplissant des choses extraordinaires

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2007
London
Ontario

H. B. Beal Secondary School

Chair:  Lori Armstrong

Lead On!

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2008
Summerside
Prince Edward Island

Three Oaks Senior High

Co-Chairs:  Nicole Haire and Randy Gallant

It All Starts Here!

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2009
Cochrane and Olds
Alberta

Olds High School and Bow Valley High School

Co-Chairs:  Dorothy Karlson and Sandra Dorowicz

Lead the Stampede

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2010
Pierrefonds
Quebec

Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School

Chair:  Hugues Bertrand

Big Top 2010: Canadian Youth Performing Above and Beyond / Grand Chapiteau 2010: Jeunesse canadienne plus haut, plus loin

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2011
Corner Brook
Newfoundland

Corner Brook Regional High School

Co-Chairs:  John Dennison and Reuben Austin

A Newfound Energy

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2012
Weyburn
Saskatchewan

Weyburn Comprehensive High School

Co-Chairs:  Joanne Jensen and Margot Arnold

Flat Out Leadership

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2013
Montague
Prince Edward Island

Montague Regional High School

Co-Chairs:  Bethany MacLeod and Sandra Hicken

Light the Way

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2014
Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna Secondary School

Co-Chairs:  Norm Bradley and Raquel Steen

Destination Leadership: Your ticket to inspiration!

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2015
Halifax
Nova Scotia

Halifax West High School

Co-Chairs:  Sandra Starratt and Phil Goora

Leadership 360˚

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2016
Edmundston
New Brunswick

Cité des jeunes A. M. Sormany

Co-Chairs:  Denise Emond-Gendron and Eric Marquis

Natural Leader Naturel

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2017
Waterloo
Ontario

Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School

Co-Chairs:  Sandy Millar and Stephen Gray

Ignite Your Innovative Spirit / Enflammer votre esprit d’innovation

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2018
Edmonton
Alberta

Harry Ainlay High School

Co-Chairs:  Gane Olsen and Sue Dvorack

LEADERSHIP: Through the Looking Glass / de l’autre côté du miroir

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2019
Abbotsford
British Columbia

Yale High School

Co-Chairs:  Doug Primrose and Alana Gronkjaer

Empowering Inner Resources / Développement des ressources intérieures

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2020
Scheduled for Yorkton
Saskatchewan

Yorkton Regional High School

Cancelled due to COVID

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2021
Virtual

Chairs:  CSLA Admin

Unmuting Generation Z / Réactiver génération Z

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2022
Virtual

Chairs:  CSLA Admin

Emerging Leaders / Leaders Émergents

2023
Saint John
New Brunswick

Chairs:  CSLA Admin and NBSLA Board

Harbouring Leadership / Havrer le Leadership

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