“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal which is worthwhile.” ― Vince Lombardi

SYL Retreat is BACK! And in-person!

Through one full day and two half-days of workshops, young leaders will learn to effectively lead, adapt and succeed in any role.

Check out details below. Space is limited!  Apply by July 28th. Successful applicants will be contacted in August.

September 20th to 22nd, 2022

You will arrive Tuesday by noon and depart Thursday morning (later).

This year’s theme is Leadership 101. We are looking to get back to the basics of leadership skills and competencies.

The Resort at Cypress Hills,

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park,

Cypress Hills, SK

Location: Google Maps

Resort Website: http://www.resortatcypresshills.ca/

Attendance fee for this event is $350.00. This cost will be invoiced at a later date if you are selected as an official attendee (space permitting).

What this covers:

  • All your accommodations at Cypress (Tuesday and Wednesday Night)
    • Accommodations will be either hotel rooms or cabins. You will share this with one of your fellow attendees.
  • All meals during your stay (Tuesday to Thursday)
  • All workshops and speakers
  • All access pass to the 2022 SYL Young Leader Inspiration Awards on Wednesday Night
  • Any/All fun, shenanigans, tomfoolery, etc.

What it DOESN’T cover (Credit Union expense):

  • Mileage to/from Cypress Hills Resort
  • Any meals during your journey to/from Cypress Hills
  • Alcohol is permitted in rooms. There will also be alcohol for sale at evening events.
  • While we do feed you (including health breaks), you may want to bring some snacks along in case you get a little peckish.
  • Wi-Fi is available at the resort and there is also ample cell service.

Meet our Keynote Speaker

Faith Wood

Communication and conflict consultant, award winning novelist and expert storyteller only begin to tell the story of Faith Wood.

Going a little deeper, you find a former Peace Officer who mastered the power of persuasion first hand in the field, a teacher of practical communication and influence strategies for captivated audiences in government, associations and organizations in over 7 countries.

She is the author of 9 outstanding books on the power of interpersonal influence as well as two mystery/suspense series which give readers a chance to peer through the eyes of a detective for hire.

To learn more about Faith, visit her at www.imind.ca


Michelle MacDonald

Michelle MacDonald was raised in Martensville Saskatchewan and currently resides with her son in Eston. She is the Chief Information Officer with Prairie Centre Credit Union, based out of Rosetown. Michelle is passionate about organizational effectiveness, team building, leadership, and personal development. She’s a ‘change junkie’, avid podcast listener, lifelong learner, and loves trying new things. She is active in her local community, is an elected member of the U of S Senate, has recently mentored in the Betty-Ann Heggie Womentorship Program, and has travelled to over 25 countries.

Michelle holds a University of Saskatchewan Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, University of Regina Certificates in Local Government Authority, and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, amongst various other training. She spent her early career at the U of S in student services and athletics before becoming the Marketing Manager at a digital agency. She began her career in executive management at the age of 32, working as the Great Plains College Director of Programs and the Town of Eston Chief Administrative Officer prior to joining the Credit Union system.

Dylan Cody

Dylan is a Product Lead at Affinity Credit Union and community teacher and supporter of meditation, mindset development, and embracing vulnerability. Dylan struggled with feeling different from others from a young age.  He was born with an oral-lymph-angioma, which distorted his tongue and speech which led to many feelings of self-doubt and a negative internal self-image. Despite these internal struggles he lived a relatively happy, fortunate, and “normal” (for lack of a better term) life. However, it was while pursuing his PhD at Carleton in Ottawa, a subconscious internal storm of worry, doubt, and negativity opened, and he was eventually clinically diagnosed with schizophrenia.

He decided to move back to Saskatoon to be closer to family and friend supports and was able to begin recovery. While medication was beneficial, especially early in recovery, he started exploring the realms of meditation and neuroplasticity, which eventually enabled him to go beyond recovery and directly address past wounds, learn self-acceptance, and essentially rewire his own brain. By western medical standards he is now considered 100% recovered from my clinical diagnosis.

What does this have to do with leadership?

It is Dylan’s assertion that each of us, regardless of how severe it may present, tend to be our own worst enemies and critics, largely creating internal and imaginary barriers in our personal and professional lives. His main message, whether the focus is professional or personal growth, is that through focusing on our ability to grow, build empathy and capacity to be vulnerable, we become more confident in sharing our ideas, challenging the status quo, and improving our influence and our capacity to lead.