We were overwhelmed by the incredible response from the community sector to our new ED Academy program! We have already reached capacity for our first cohort with a waitlist. We want to thank all the Executive Directors who have applied to participate. We are hopeful that we will be able to offer this valuable program again in the future.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
The United Way of Prince Edward Island has developed a program specifically for new Executive Directors in the community sector who seek advanced leadership skills and training in how to effectively lead a not-for-profit organization.
Today’s Executive Director requires empathetic leadership and sophisticated management skills. With the right blend of training, coaching, mentorship, and networking, the ED Academy will enable you to thrive as a leader.
ED Academy is a 12-month training, coaching, and mentorship program comprised of:
Participating Executive Directors (EDs) will receive:
The eligibility criteria for the ED Academy include:
12 months of video training, coaching sessions, an online community hub, and optional accountability groups.
50% Virtual - via Zoom, online classroom; and 50% in-person in Charlottetown PEI. The location for in-person meetings will be announced soon.
The program is set to begin on May 10th, 2023 from 9:30 AM – 12 PM. Further meeting dates will be announced soon.
Approximately 4-5 hours per month. In-person sessions will be half-day, while virtual sessions are 2 hours. Additionally, the program is designed for you to complete an average of one training module per month.
The ED Program is an extraordinary opportunity to build upon your leadership abilities and develop a growth-oriented mindset.
Sara Roach-Lewis has more than 15 years of experience working in and supporting the not-for-profit sector. She served as Executive Director for Women’s Network PEI for almost four years.
Sara has worked with dozens of boards since she started her own business in 2017. She has developed, tested, and delivered a customized Strategic Planning process for small not-for-profit organizations. It focuses on developing a visionary, yet deeply practical plan that includes recommendations for how to integrate and operationalize the plan.
She helps boards develop governance models, bylaws, and policies and provides board training.
Sara is passionate about supporting not-for-profit teams and has provided coaching, training, mentorship, and operational support to many not-for-profit organizations on PEI and beyond.
Sara is a skilled facilitator, researcher, writer, curriculum developer, and project manager. A lifelong learner, she holds a degree in Psychology from Mount Allison University, journalism, and business administration diplomas, and a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) from UPEI.
She was one of 25 women chosen from across the country to participate in the Canadian Women’s Foundation Women’s Leadership Institute in collaboration with the Coady Institute in Antigonish, NS. Through two residencies as well as distance education, the yearlong program is designed to increase the leadership capacity of not-for-profit organizations across the country, including governance, board training, and stewardship.
Since 1962, the United Way of PEI (UWPEI) has been improving lives and building stronger communities across PEI. We bring people together to address some of our most pressing issues and does so by working collaboratively with a diverse set of community stakeholders, partners, volunteers, and donors. UWPEI is a registered charitable foundation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, with a small staff and many volunteers. In 2021, the United Way of PEI became the first non-profit organization on PEI to be accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program, demonstrating the highest levels of governance, accountability, and transparency.
United Way of PEI is a member of United Way Centraide Canada, a national network of local social experts and Canada’s largest non-government funder of human and community services. United Way Centraide Canada provides national leadership to this federated network of 70 United Ways and Centraides serving rural, urban, northern, and remote communities. We are at the forefront of social change and innovation, tackling issues of poverty and social exclusion.
By bringing people together, we move people on PEI out of poverty and support those struggling with mental health and addictions. By enabling others in the social sector to serve their communities, we help Islanders realize their full potential and build strong, inclusive communities.
The ED Academy represents our goal of strengthening leaders in our community. Good training and mentorship will make us more effective. We are stronger united.