With four decades of experience working with people as a teacher, therapist, small business owner, and on local and provincial committees and organizations, Leslie Welin is a seasoned leader who brings a strong and well-informed voice to the table.

At the local level, in Duncan, Leslie is the President of Clements Centre Society, which focuses on enhancing the lives of adults with developmental disabilities and children with special needs and developmental challenges. She also serves on the Council of Partners for Success by 6.

Provincially, Leslie was part of a team that wrote the BC Foster Parent Education Curriculum, served on the BC Parent Visioning Working Group, and the Vancouver Island Child Welfare Advisory Committee.

Leslie is committed to working with others to bring community-based social services together in finding innovative ways to meet the increasingly complex needs in community and to build upon the strengths of people in the community. As a result, she is part of the organizing committee of the local Board Meets Board initiative in Duncan that brings board directors together in dialogue about social and economic challenges, and opportunities facing citizens in the community.

The group’s initial focus on board members of community social service organizations has since expanded to include local government and businesses joining in on community conversations about the co-design of services that are truly community-based.