Community Leadership Resources

Community Leadership Resources (CLR) is a volunteer and management development service committed to enhancing the organizational and governance capacity of non-profit organizations serving York Region. Our goal is to offer our clients the resources they need to function at optimum effectiveness. Services provided by CLR include promoting and developing volunteer and staff leadership through education, networking opportunities, current and relevant resources, co-ordinating management and executive training and individual consultation by experienced and knowledgeable volunteers.

Community Leadership Resources Programs and Services
• Workshops and Non-Profit Board Development Opportunities
• Consultations
• Publications and Reports
• Networking Opportunities

Workshops and Non-Profit Board Development Opportunities

CLR hosts workshops designed to meet the professional development needs of non-profit managers and volunteer leaders. Workshops address issues related to management and governance of non-profit organizations. CLR also provides professional development opportunities for Board Members of non-profit organizations in York Region. The purpose of the sessions is to bring together Board Members and Senior Leadership staff to participate in professional development and information sharing.

CLR Consultations

CLR Volunteer Consultants are professionals who offer their time and expertise to build capacity in the non-profit sector in York Region. Volunteer Consultants provide consultation to non-profit organizations in York Region, in specific areas of non-profit governance and management, including:

  • Assessing Organizational Core Competencies
  • Strategic Planning
  • Board Development
  • Outcome Measurement

All consultations are facilitated processes available to non-profit organizations in York Region. For more information, please contact Kandice Duncan at 905-474-9974 ext. 221 or

Publications and Reports

CLR offers the following publications for purchase:

An Organizational Exploration: Core Competency Assessment Manual
Not-for-profit organizations are being called upon regularly by funders to justify continued support and to demonstrate how they are adapting to changing needs in the community. This manual encourages a regular evaluation of core competencies as a tool to spur action for organizational improvement where needed. This manual is a self-directed guide to help non-profit organizations understand core competencies and complete an inventory that will allow them to take action. An overview of the concept of Core Competency is presented and the balance of the manual provides detailed instructions on how to complete the inventory.
Cost: $6.00 plus shipping & handling

Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach
This guide provides a very clear description of outcome measurement, the reasons why outcome measurement is important and the difference between inputs, outputs and outcomes. The authors also explain in detail how organizations can use the results of their findings. Four hypothetical examples guide the reader through the eight steps. Examples are provided to guide the reader through developing indicators and measurement tools. Worksheets and exhibits can be photocopied and used by organizations.
Cost: $14.00 plus shipping & handling

Kaleidoscopic Organizations: Diversity and Inclusivity: A Framework
Developed in consultation with Alok Mukherjee, this framework and toolkit is designed to assist in enhancing organizations ability to address issues of diversity. The book deals with diversity and inclusivity in terms of three key areas: Service; Human Resources; and Governance, and is intended to assist organizations in assessing and developing plans to become more inclusive of the communities that they serve.
Cost: $30.00 plus shipping & handling

MEDIA-WISE: A Guide to Media Relations for Not-for-Profit Organizations
MEDIA-WISE, developed in consultation with Susan Sommers, is designed for use by non-profit organizations of all sizes. This book is intended to help organizations understand the media and to provide them with the tools needed to create a targeted media list, contact and follow-up with key media, write news releases and prepare media kits, communicate in a crisis, and much, much more. MEDIA-WISE can be used by anyone who deals with the media.
To find out more about Susan, please visit
Cost: $19.95 plus shipping & handling

To order these publications, please download and complete the Book Order Form and fax to Kandince Duncan at 905-474-0051 or email to Please contact Kandice for shipping and handling costs for your purchase (if applicable). Click here to download Book Order Form.


Effective Practices for Non-Profits
In partnership with The Ontario Trillium Foundation, UWYR has produced Effective Practices for Non-Profits. Topics covered include some of the common issues that face many non-profit organizations: Executive Director Performance Appraisal, Recruiting Board Members From Diverse Ethnic Communities and Strategic Planning.
Click here to download Effective Practices for Non-Profits.

Leading Ethnoracial Access Dialogue (LEAD) Report
The Leading Ethnoracial Access Dialogue (LEAD) Report is the result of community consultations with three ethnoracial communities; the Chinese, South Asian and African Caribbean. Data from 2001 Census states that these communities are the fastest growing ethnoracial communities in York Region. LEAD was launched in 2002 to gain a better understanding of the most effective and efficient ways to improve access to social services for these under-served communities. The Leading Ethnoracial Access Dialogue (LEAD) Report explores the gaps and challenges in the human service sector for these ethnoracial communities and offers recommendations to UWYR in removing the existing barriers.
The LEAD Implementation Plan & The Executive Summary includes an Executive Summary of the LEAD Report, Recommendations, and the Implementation Plan.
LEAD Exec Summary Implementation
LEAD Final Report

Networking Opportunities

Executive Directors’ Breakfast Meeting
Come meet and share information with other Executive Directors of non-profit organizations serving York Region. This is a great opportunity for mutual support, collaboration and executive mentorship.
Chair: Lynn Ziraldo, Learning Disabilities Association of York Region
Next Meeting: TBC


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