“Effective Leadership teaches accountability. Good decision-making skills take practice….”Marieke Vandekolk, TD Bank Group
We asked some of our most successful corporate partners why leadership training in the younger years is so important. Here’s what Marieke Vandekolk, of TD Bank Group, told us.
“Effective Leadership teaches accountability. Good decision-making skills take practice. Children can learn lessons about leadership that significantly impact them later in life. The right words at the right time can make all the difference. Moorelands Kids knows that and for over 100 years they have provided children with the right words and a safe space to work with mentors in leadership.
“Many business leaders also serve as parents, happily balancing a daily workload with parent commitments and family dinners. Along the way, most of these leader-parents also realize the influence they have over young minds. Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders and they are strongly influenced by their community.
“Change is a fact of life. It can renew our perspective of the world or how we act within it. While change helps some of us get ahead, it can leave others behind. To help create the conditions, so everyone has the chance to succeed in a changing world, TD is targeting C$1 billion by 2030 towards community giving in four areas that support change, nurture progress and contribute to making the world a better, more inclusive place. That is our Ready Commitment.
“Moorelands Kids understands the importance of our commitment. Resiliency in children, teaching kids the skills that allow the child to be in control of themselves, helps children adapt when they find themselves in situations that they can’t control.
“In many ways, today’s leaders can prepare younger generations for their future as community or business leaders. Leadership skills in childhood allow children to have control of their lives and the ability to make things happen. Leadership instills confidence and helps children solve problems.
“Mooreland Kids’ programs teach kids to work creatively, work in a team, and work collaboratively with others. Leadership training in the young years gives children many opportunities to develop resiliency.”
With your help, Moorelands Kids is able to offer year-round support through our after-school leadership programs, family programs and Moorelands Camp – support that is critically important for kids’ continued growth and school year success.