Power of Change Retreat

The 2017 SYL Leadership Retreat took place August 21-23 at Shekinah Re-treat Centre. This year’s event host-ed 40 young leaders representing 16 different organization from the Sask. Credit Union System.

To kick off the theme “Power Of Change” Amie Warkentin of Manito-ba Central (and the National Young Leaders Committee) lead a Change Management workshop.

Day 2 saw the CU Advance 2.0 finalists present their ideas and participate in a questioning period with the judges.

In the afternoon the attendees heard from Eric Dillon about “The Emerging World of Leadership Development”, about “Becoming a Federal Credit Union” from Dan Johnson. Adam Thome shared information about the National Young Leaders and gave

some advice based on his personal learnings. In the evening Gerald Hauta took us outside to tell us about “The Old Man and the CU” (and to do the macarena).

Throughout the rest of the retreat the attendees participated in breakout sessions, networking activities, and enjoyed the natural amenities Sheki-nah has to offer.



“It was nice to hear first hand the reason Innovation is becoming federated. It was nice to have Dan Johnson share his view and perspectives.”

“Adam Thome spoke about being self-aware, and if you fall into the wrong path start over and find a new path. He encouraged young leaders to get out there and try new things. He was very inspirational as a young leader himself.”

“Gerald Hauta was very engaging. His presentation left me inspired and open to change”

“I loved the passion Eric Dillon brought to the table with all of the topics he spoke about. Becoming a leader, not just sitting back and waiting for someone else to make you the leader you want to be.”

“I think Amie Warkentin was one of the best speakers at the retreat in terms of bringing back learnings to our work place. The model she provided, her personal story, and breakout sessions to help deal with change were a good mix.”

“There were so many great conversations in the breakout sessions. I could have just talked and listened for even longer about how passionate everyone is about their CU and their members.”

“I enjoyed sharing ideas and brainstorming with different people for both of the breakout sessions. Getting a chance to talk to people from other credit unions is my favorite thing about SYL events.”

“The time and effort that went into the CU Advance 2.0 presentations did not go unnoticed. It makes me look forward to a long ca-reer within the Credit Un-ion, as the system is definitely in good hands”

“Another successful SYL retreat where the environ-ment is open, non-judgmental, casual and educational.”

“I haven’t stopped telling every-one how amazing this opportunity was and how inspired and revived I feel. I am very passionate about the Credit Union System and was so happy to see so many others that feel the same way.”

“A very motivational retreat. I think its safe to say that we will all be better at our jobs, working with partner Credit Unions, and be more influential leaders. I felt very rejuvenated and refocused and I returned to the office to keep the inspiration going.”

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