Leap is a management skills development program that provides practical information, principles, best practices, and tips in a variety of management areas.

Leap covers a wide range of topics and helps to build well-rounded executive directors/managers with a diverse set of management skills and abilities.

Leap consists of nine (9) sessions and is available in-person and virtually.

To take Leap virtually you will need:

  • A computer/laptop with a camera and microphone
  • Stable internet access
  • Private space to attend each session

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Leap to success!

Leap is an in-person and/or virtual program that presents practical information, principles, best practices, and tips in a variety of management areas, and provides the tools to implement these principles into your daily management style. This program provides the opportunity to increase your leadership and management skills in a variety of areas (e.g. communication, branding and promotions, human resources, etc.) 

Leap provides valuable resource material and individual session handbooks for you to take back to your organization and reference throughout your career. In addition, Leap is a great networking opportunity as you are working and learning with the same group of learners at each session – who better to learn from than those going through the same experience? 

Upon completion of all nine (9) Leap sessions, Leap Graduates will receive a certificate of completion, as well as 10 percent off future in-person training events with SARC (some restrictions apply). 

Interested in hosting a session at your organization?

SARC Learning Central facilitators can bring Leap to your organization! The Leap program can be delivered to a group of employees at your organization in-person or virtually. Contact us today!

2021-2022 Leap sessions:


How Managers Communicate and Lead – Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Recruitment & Retention – Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Employee & Labour Relations Basics – Thursday, December 2, 2021
Employee Accountability – Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Governance – Thursday, January 27, 2022
Branding, Promotions & Engagement – Thursday, February 10, 2022
Financial Responsibilities – Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Legislation Impacting the Employment Relationship – Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Fostering an Effective Team – Tuesday, April 19, 2022


How Managers Communicate and Lead – Thursday, October 14, 2021
Recruitment & Retention – Thursday, November 4, 2021
Employee & Labour Relations Basics – Thursday, December 8, 2021
Employee Accountability – Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Governance – Thursday, February 3, 2022
Branding, Promotions & Engagement – Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Financial Responsibilities – Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Legislation Impacting the Employment Relationship – Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Fostering an Effective Team – Thursday, April 21, 2022


How Managers Communicate and Lead – Thursday, October 21, 2021
Recruitment & Retention – Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Employee & Labour Relations – Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Employee Accountability – Thursday, January 20, 2022
Governance – Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Branding, Promotions & Engagement – Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Financial Responsibilities – Thursday, March 10, 2022
Legislation Impacting the Employment Relationship – Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Fostering an Effective Team – Thursday, April 28, 2022

The nine (9) sessions in Leap are:

How Managers Communicate and Lead

Strong communication is the basis of any successful leader. Explore a variety of topics that further promote effective workplace communication and assess leadership skills, traits, and styles. This session covers the following:

  • Effective workplace communication
  • How to foster a climate of open communication
  • The different types of communication
  • Effective listening
  • Cultural communication
  • The tough stuff
  • The importance of strong leadership
  • Quality leadership in the nonprofit sector
  • Leadership styles and traits
  • Leading change
  • Promoting leadership in others
Employee/Labour Relations Basics

Delve deep into the employment relationship, management’s rights and responsibilities, and the technical elements of the grievance and investigation processes. Applicable to both unionized and nonunionized organizations. This session covers the following:

  • The employment relationship
  • Management rights and responsibilities
  • The Duty to Accommodate
  • The role of human resources/labour relations
  • Roles and responsibilities of managers and supervisors
  • Best practices in human resources policy/procedures and Collective Agreement administration
  • The technical elements of the Investigation Process, Discipline Process, and Grievance/Complaint/Dispute Resolution procedure
  • Basic case law
Recruitment and Retention

Attracting and retaining valuable employees can be challenging, but is achievable. This session discusses the employment process, the importance of orientation and onboarding, and provides practical tips on how to engage employees. This session covers the following:

  • The staffing process
  • Recruitment
  • Competencies and prerequisites
  • Job descriptions
  • Attracting candidates
  • Screening process
  • Realistic job preview
  • Interview process
  • Selection process
  • Retention
  • When employees leave
Employee Accountability

How well an organization performs is a function of how well its employees perform. Learn more about employee accountability, and what is meant by performance management. This session covers the following: 

  • Overview of a Performance Management Program
  • Developing a Performance Management Program
  • Performance Management implementation
  • Orientating a probationary employee
  • The probationary period
  • Coaching and mentoring employees
  • Performance Appraisals
  • Common employee accountability issues
  • The discipline process
  • Grievance/Complaint/Dispute Resolution Process

An executive director must have a strong understanding and good working relationship with the organization’s board of directors. Even if you’re not an executive director, this session provides important information that everyone can benefit from knowing. This session covers the following:

  • The nonprofit corporation
  • Areas that govern your organization
  • Bylaws and policies
  • Working with a board of directors
  • Communications and reporting
  • Key board roles
  • Board committees
  • The board meeting
  • Meeting management
  • Supporting board effectiveness
Branding, Promotions, and Engagement

Your organization has a very important mission. In order to fulfill that mission, your organization requires a strong identity and meaningful connections with all of its stakeholders. In this session, you will learn about the importance of branding and promotions for nonprofits, including its effect on your organization’s reputation, community relations, and success in fulfilling your mission. This session covers the following:

  • Building, designing, and sustaining a strong and meaningful brand identity
  • Identifying stakeholders by their level of interest and influence
  • Promoting your organization through paid, owned, and earned forms of media (including digital media and social media)
  • Promoting your organization on a budget
  • Handling complex communications
  • Understanding various promotional tools
  • Measuring the impact of your communication efforts
Financial Responsibilities for Managers

Strong financial management is crucial for every organization. Attain a solid understanding in a variety of areas related to management’s financial duties. This session covers the following:

  • Good financial management
  • Best practices in financial responsibility
  • Budgeting
  • Addressing surplus and deficit situations
  • The audit process
  • Financial risks
  • Reserve funds
Legislation Impacting the Employment Relationship

Managers must have a thorough understanding of the legislative acts and principles that impact the workplace. This session covers the following:

  • Overview of Legislation impacting the employment relationship
  • Human Rights
  • The duty to accommodate
  • Return to work programs
  • Saskatchewan Employment Act
  • Harassment
  • Workers’ Compensation Board
  • Privacy in the workplace
Fostering an Effective Team

Teamwork leads to successful organizations. Individuals will discuss how to develop, motivate, and lead a productive team, as well as the importance of cultivating the organization’s culture. This session covers the following:

  • Interdisciplinary teams
  • Team development
  • Team roles
  • Effective team characteristics
  • Managing and promoting diversity
  • Respectful workplaces
  • Workplace culture
  • Conflict resolution
  • Motivating a team
  • Team building
  • Stress management
  • Continuous learning in the workplace

All Leap sessions are instructed by knowledgeable facilitators and include valuable resource material, interactive discussions, and learning exercises aimed at increasing competencies in essential skills of nonprofit management.

In order to become a Leap graduate, you must attend all sessions in their entirety.

There are five (5) facilitators that are involved in the Leap program:

Desiree Tirk

Desiree Tirk, Trainer/Resource Developer – Leadership, SARC 

Spending the past 25 years working in community development in the nonprofit and government sectors, Desiree brings a variety of experience with developing and facilitating workshops and has held positions as Program Manager, Facilitator, and Trainer. Desiree has over 20 years’ experience as co-owner of a business and holds a Bachelor of Indian Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies. 

Desiree started working at SARC in 2020 and is the Trainer/Resource Developer, Leadership. As a lifelong learner, Desiree continues to grow her skills with new learning opportunities wherever she can and values the relationships she has made along the way.

Desiree facilitates the How Managers Communicate and Lead, and Governance sessions.

Marrion Wolff

Marrion Wolff, Labour Relations Consultant, SARC

Marrion has been the Labour Relations Consultant at SARC since 2015. Prior to that, she was the Superintendent of Human Resources with a rural school division for more than 20 years. She received an MBA from Royal Roads University, a Certificate in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University, and holds a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.

Marrion supports SARC Member Agencies (unionized and non-unionized) with a variety of employee/labour relations issues, including progressive discipline, performance management, grievances, collective bargaining, and employment legislation. She is also experienced in facilitating a variety of labour relations sessions.

Marrion lives in Watrous with her husband and enjoys hiking and travelling. She has three grown sons, one daughter who still lives at home, and two wonderful grandchildren.

Marrion facilitates the Employee/Labour Relations Basics, and Legislation Impacting the Employment Relationship sessions.

Leanne Zacharias

Leanne ZachariasHuman Resources Consultant, SARC

Leanne Zacharias is the Human Resources Consultant at SARC.  She has been working with SARC Members for 9 years to improve and enhance their HR practices.  She holds a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Human Resources Management from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan.  She is passionate about leadership development, the power of community, and helping people and workplaces be the best they can be.  Leanne grew up on a farm near Lemberg, and now lives in Saskatoon with her husband and two young children.  You are likely to find them building Lego, having a dance party, or reenacting scenes from Paw Patrol.

Leanne facilitates the Recruitment and Retention, and Fostering an Effective Team sessions. 

Sean Homenick

Sean Homenick, Manager of Communications and Culture, SARC/SARCAN Recycling

Sean has worked in the nonprofit world for 15 years and currently works with SARC and SARCAN Recycling as the Manager of Communications and Culture. He received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan with a specialization in Marketing and Management. He has experience with designing and facilitating a variety of programs on customer service, leadership, and safety.

In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering with other nonprofits to help them realize their vision for a better Saskatchewan. Sean is proud to live in downtown Saskatoon with two exceptionally lazy greyhounds.

Sean Homenick is 6’9” in height. He did indeed play basketball and volleyball. Sean orders his shoes and pants online.

Sean facilitates the Branding, Promotions, and Engagement session.

Christie DiPaola

Christie DiPaola, Senior Manager, MNP

Christie is a Partner in MNP’s Regina office. As part of the firm’s Assurance Services team, Christie delivers a range of audit and compliance services to nonprofit organizations, commercial businesses, and government entities in a variety of industries.  She is also called upon to facilitate internal learning and development programs relating to financial, control, and audit-specific technical information. 

Christie is experienced with financial statement audits, internal control testing, and specified auditing procedures. In addition to financial, control and auditing work, Christie is frequently called upon to support learning and development special projects and has facilitated a variety of programs over the years. 

Christie facilitates the Financial Responsibilities session.

COMPASS funding is available to SARC Regular and Associate Members, as well as Affiliate Members with CLSD funding.

COMPASS funding will cover the registration fees for two (2) of your organization’s employees, per fiscal year, to take Leap.

In order to receive this funding, organizations must:

  1. Register up to two (2) management employee(s) at your organization for the training. 
  2. Use your COMPASS code at check-out to access this training at no cost. 
  3. Have the employee complete the immediate session evaluation which will be emailed to them. 
  4. Have the employee complete the follow up session evaluation which will be emailed to them. 

As a requirement of CLSD COMPASS funding, SARC must report on training satisfaction rates. As a result, we ask that all learners complete individual program evaluations immediately upon finishing any training, as well as within three (3) to four (4) months of completion. Your feedback will also be used to ensure that SARC continues to provide the best training possible.

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