In August 2017, COCQ-SIDA, in partnership with the Ontario Aids Network (OAN) and the Pacific Aids Network (PAN) officially initiated the Quebec chapter of the Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) in French. Financed by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the five-year project aims to empower citizens living with HIV in Québec so that they develop their leadership potential and increase their capacity to significantly participate in community life.
As an example of the GIPA principles in action, PLDI teams of facilitators/ trainers are solely made up of people living with HIV. Participants can be assured of the warmth, creativity and resiliency of the team of trainers who can depend on one another, and the reassuring safe space of respect, open-mindedness, and solidarity this helps create.
The 5 Quebec facilitators each hold leadership roles outside of PLDI in different positions. Each member of the team of trainers has training and/or experience of teaching and facilitating to adults and peers. They also all have participated in the three PLDI trainings before becoming PLDI Facilitators. In all, the Quebec team of trainers has 67 years of facilitating experience when the individual years of experience are cumulated. The individual experiences allows our team to facilitate varied learning workshops and methods such as art therapy, group discussion and technologically filled presentations.
The work experience of our team of facilitators is varied and includes the experience of things such as outreach work, community coordination, management of non-profit organizations, board work experience, computer graphics, and web design to name but a few.
Finally, since the Quebec PLDI journey was initiated, our facilitation team has been attributed superpowers and healing powers which, even if exagerated, these comparisons highlight the positive energy and impact participants gain from our trainings.
Please note PLDI trainings by COCQ-SIDA in Québec are offered in French only. For potential intertest in English training in Québec, please see the FAQ section and/ or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.