May 13, 2015 Facebook Twitter Linkedin

Story by Nicole Bullock 

King’s and Brescia became a bustling home to 380 secondary school students, volunteers, and supervisors from Thursday, May 7th through Saturday, May 9th. The 2015 Catholic Student Leadership Conference was held for student leaders from Catholic school boards across Ontario to become engaged with each other all while developing leadership skills to further grow as  individuals.

Highlights of the weekend events held at King’s included entertainment and activities with The Drum Café, where students were each given a drum and collaboratively played as a way to create a team building experience. The Joanne and Peter Kenny theatre was rocking to the drum beat! The drum session was also designed to promote relaxation and connection among the students and volunteers. In addition, it was the OCSLC house band, a group comprised of members Kyle Geraghty, Caitlyn Bondy, Mike McPherson, and Jeremy Stephenson, whom kicked off the weekend prior to the opening ceremonies, engaging the student leaders through singing and dancing, which promoted a bonding experience and icebreaking activity.

As well, the students celebrated mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica, participated in various workshops throughout the weekend pertaining to Catholic Expressions of Justice and Service, and listened to keynote speakers Tom Ketalaars and Fr. Rob Galea. Half of the students stayed in the King’s residences, getting a taste of university life. 

The Ontario Student Leadership Conference (OCSLC) is held every two years in various Ontario locations under the supervision of Catholic school boards. The last conference was held in Ottawa in 2013. This year, the London District Catholic School Board, Huron-Perth District Catholic School Board, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, Institute for Catholic Formation, the Diocese of London, King’s University College, and Brescia University College all sponsored the event.

Check out the hashtag #OCSLC2015 on twitter for more photos, comments about the conference.