Womens's Leadership Circle

Girl Guides of Canada, with generous support from the McCall MacBain Foundation, invites you to participate in a transformative women’s leadership program starting this fall.

Join inspiring women from across Canada to explore the nature of women’s leadership, the kind of leaders our world needs right now and how we can each serve as catalysts for positive change.

Through storytelling, reflection and facilitated discussions, you’ll have an opportunity to reflect on your strengths as a leader, deepen your self-awareness and personal resilience, and strengthen your potential to catalyze change in your community.

GGC’s Women’s Leadership Circle is for women who are committed to…

  • Developing their capacities as courageous, authentic leaders
  • Personal growth and self-exploration
  • Creating a vision of what they can uniquely offer their community
  • Building resiliency through self-care
  • Contributing to a powerful network of women catalysts

The program begins with an enriching fall retreat in Ontario’s beautiful Hockley Valley where you’ll enjoy quiet time as well as lively conversation. Circle participants will receive ongoing support and coaching in the months that follow and forge new friendships that last even longer.

Program Benefits

  • Discover your unique strengths as a leader + receive a personalized CliftonStrengths® report
  • Reflect on the values that guide you and create a vision for your life’s direction
  • Receive personalized coaching from talented women leaders in support of your goals
  • Expand your network of women friends and colleagues
  • Enjoy meaningful fireside chats about the nature of women’s leadership
  • Escape from a busy life to enjoy healthy, nourishing food and time in nature
  • Share this experience with a non-member friend

Participants will leave feeling rejuvenated and inspired to reach their potential and make a unique contribution to the world!

Bring a friend!

Here’s your chance to introduce an amazing woman in your life to the Sisterhood of Guiding! Grab your friend and bring her along for this transformative experience. You can support each other throughout the weekend and beyond.

Eligible members are welcome to apply with a non-member friend – it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to inspiring women in Guiding and learn more about leadership opportunities as a volunteer with GGC.

Whether you apply alone or with a friend, all circle participants will be paired to support reflection and growth during and after the retreat.

Retreat details

Who: 30 aspiring women leaders between the ages of 18-24

When: November 22-24, 2019

Where: Ecology Retreat Centre in Ontario’s Hockley Valley

Program fee*: $175 per person - includes flights, meals, accommodation and program fees

The Women’s Leadership Circle Program is valued at $2000 per participant. Thanks to the generous support of the McCall MacBain Foundation, GGC is able to offer this special opportunity for a small registration fee.

* financial support is available

ERC Driveway in fall
The ERC Driveway in fall.

ERC Creekside room
The ERC Creekside room

The application process for 2019 is now closed. Thank you for your interest!

Questions? Email Aryne Sheppard, Senior Manager of Learning & Development at shepparda@girlguides.ca


When will I hear if I’ve been accepted?

We will be letting successful applicants know they have been accepted into the program starting in early September. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend that you apply early.

What will the sleeping arrangements be like?

Accommodations are based on double occupancy – please let us know if you have accessibility needs.

Will my dietary needs be accommodated?

Yes! At the Ecology Retreat Centre, meals are homemade, with an emphasis on using locally sourced, seasonal and wholesome ingredients as much as possible. The main fare is vegetarian, and they can prepare tailored diets including gluten free and lactose free. Successful applicants will be asked to provide dietary needs.

How does the selection process work?

All applications will be reviewed by the program hosts. We are seeking applicants who are keen to explore themselves and apply their leadership learning.

Why is the age range limited to members aged 18-24?

We are hosting young women who are bridging to adult membership for this pilot Leadership Circle. Our hope is to offer future programs like this to members of all ages.