Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI)

PLDI Honors the leadership of the past; Values the leadership here today & Inspires leadership for our future.

The next PLDI training is Bored? Get on Board! which will be held February 28 to March 1, 2020. Application deadline is January 10, 2020. Learn more


The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) exists with the purpose of supporting people who are living with HIV/AIDS realize their leadership potential and increase their capacity to participate meaningfully in community life. The Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) mentored PAN in developing these training modules. Beginning in 2017 PAN & the OAN partnered with COCQ-SIDA to deliver, for the first time ever, PLDI in French. All three agencies now work collaboratively to create a national network of informed and empowered PLHIV leaders in our aligned efforts to embody the GIPA/MIPA and Nothing About Us, Without US principles throughout everything we do.

PLDI is a multi-module leadership program:

  • (Module 1) Core Leadership Training – Who am I as a leader?
  • (Module 2) Communication Skills Training
  • (Module 3) Bored? Get on Board! Training (Board governance skills)
  • (Pilot Module) Mental Health First Aid  

Once you have completed the Core Leadership training you may take the Bored? Get on Board! training or the Communication Skills training in any order you wish. Mental Health First Aid is an advanced leadership opportunity, so PLDI graduates with two modules, or extensive community or front line peer work experience will be given preference.

Core Leadership Module 1 Training

Core Leadership Training seeks to answer the question: “Who am I as a Leader?”

The three main goals of the training are:

  • To identify personal values and philosophy
  • To develop leadership skills and practices
  • To gain community knowledge and awareness

The curriculum objectives are for participants to have the opportunity:

  • To understand the 5 principles and 10 commitments of leadership
  • To realize individual leadership potential
  • To participate in building a network of leaders within the PLHIV community
  • To realize the potential and strengths that each individual brings to the network
  • To learn about and practice leadership skills in a safe environment
  • To inspire others to become leaders
  • To encourage participants to take on facilitator and mentoring roles within the community



Communication Skills Training

This training is only open to graduates of the Core Leadership training.

The Communication Skills Training will explore the following topics through presentations, group work and discussions in a supportive environment:

  • 5 practices & 10 Commitments
  • Structured Feedback
  • Effective Meetings
  • Active Listening
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations & Distracting Behaviors
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Presentation Skills/Public Speaking
  • Practicum – Participants are given the opportunity to develop and deliver a short presentation


Bored? Get on Board!

This training is only open to graduates of the Core Leadership training.

This professional development training is on Board Governance and includes topics such as:

  • Presentations and discussions on the voluntary sector in Canada
  • Board accountability and responsibilities
  • Board governance models
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Financial management
  • Understanding committee structures and purpose
  • Understanding potential conflicts of interest


The next Bored? Get on Board  training will be February 28 to March 1, 2020. Application deadline is January 10, 2020. Learn more / apply

Mental Health First Aid

This training is only open to graduates of the Core Leadership training.

Mental Health First Aid is a training course designed to give members of the public the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA does not teach participants to become therapists or counsellors, but provides the skills, knowledge, and attitudes allowing participants to offer effective first aid intervention to others.

The Basic (12 hours) course addresses four of the most common and most stigmatized mental health disorders and includes signs/symptoms, risk factors, and crisis first aid for specific situations:

  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Crisis First Aid for Overdose
  • Mood-Related Disorders
  • Crisis First Aid for Suicidal Behaviour
  • Anxiety and Trauma-related Disorders
  • Crisis First Aid for Panic Attack
  • Crisis First Aid for Acute Stress Reaction
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Crisis First Aid for Psychotic Episode



For more information about Positive Leadership Development Institute, please contact Stacy Leblanc, Director of Program Development, [email protected]

We greatly appreciate the vision of our government funders and their ongoing commitment to supporting the work of the Pacific AIDS Network. In particular we gratefully acknowledge the Public Health Agency of Canada – HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.