ISW Pre-Conference and Spring Institute 2017

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Date(s) - May 31, 2017 - Jun 04, 2017
All Day

Lac Le Jeune Resort and Nature Centre

Region: British Columbia

Theme – Building Resilience in Times of Change

Pre-Conference Day – Exploring Appreciative Resilience

The ISW Spring Institute Pre-Conference Day will give attendees an opportunity to explore Appreciative Inquiry practices applied to resilience under the leadership of Jeanie Cockell and Joan McArthur-Blair, senior ISW Facilitators and Trainers, and authors of Appreciative inquiry in higher education: A transformative force. Their forthcoming second book is focusing on Appreciative Resilience. Join us for an opportunity to explore in advance the ideas and practices they will share in that book.

Spring Institute – Building Resilience in Times of Change

The ISW Spring Institute is designed for both new and experienced facilitators and trainers in the ISW program. The Institute provides participants with opportunities to share their insights and challenges and to draw on each other’s experiences and expertise within a collegial environment. Our theme for this year’s Institute is Building Resilience in Times of Change. We will use a variety of small and whole group discussion and presentation formats. Some activities will be pre-planned, and others will evolve from an ongoing needs assessment as the event progresses. Please come prepared to share ideas, innovations, problems, philosophies and visions related to our theme and ISW.

Who are the Institute facilitators?

As in past years, all participants serve as resources in this community-building institute by providing ideas and suggestions for each other within a variety of group activities. Jeanie Cockell will serve as “process facilitator” for the Institute and will be working with a Planning Committee comprised of several individuals, most of whom have participated in at least two other ISW Institutes. Several past participants will serve as session facilitators during the event.

Where you’ll be

The ISW Pre-Conference and Spring Institute will be at the Lac Le Jeune Resort & Nature Centre about 45 minutes drive (54 km) from Kamloops Airport or four hours drive (325 km) from Vancouver International Airport via the Coquihalla Highway (BC Hwy#5 North). Lac Le Jeune Resort & Nature Centre is located on the shore of Lac Le Jeune at the end of Lac Le Jeune Road. Outdoor activities include fishing for or watching rainbow trout jump 3-4 feet out of the water, wildlife photography and viewing, rowing or paddling on the lake, bird watching, geo-caching, mountain biking, hiking, and ball games on the lawn. We will be living and learning together in a relaxed atmosphere of good humour and fun. Additional information about the setting and logistics will be sent to individuals upon receipt of their registration. You can visit the Lac Le Jeune Resort & Nature Centre website: for information on the site. This includes directions and a map explaining how to get to the Centre from your location.

There is complimentary Wi-Fi in all our meeting rooms and throughout the resort property.


For Pre-Conference:

Please arrive by Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30 pm, when dinner will be served. Someone will be there to greet you from 2:00 pm.

If you are flying in from a distance, you are welcome to arrive Tuesday afternoon or evening. Please indicate that you will be arriving on Tuesday when you register.

For Institute:

Please arrive by Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 pm, when dinner will be served. Someone will be there to greet you throughout the day.

If you are flying in, you can arrange for taxi service to the retreat centre. The one-way cost is likely to be approximately $85- $95 from the Kamloops airport to Lac Le Jeune Resort. Rental cars are available from the Kamloops Airport. There may also be opportunities for car pooling – we will send everyone an email a week before the event to facilitate sharing information.


For Pre-Conference Day only:

Thursday, June 1 after 3:00 pm

For Institute:

Sunday, June 4 before lunch


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$850 $750 $340 $190 $750 $650
Single Room $975 $875 $390 $220 $875 $775

**Please note – we are offering special Pioneer Rates for those who became ISW Facilitators in 1995 or before. Contact Paula Gaube, our Events Coordinator, for more information:

*Double and single room accommodations are available in the main lodge.


Note Cancellation Fees applicable after April 28, 2017:

  • Pre-Conference only: $85.00
  • Institute only: $125.00
  • Pre-Conference and Institute: $175.00


Payment may be made online via Paypal (with major credit cards). You will receive an invoice via email shortly after registration.


The ISW International Advisory Committee is again pleased to offer up to five $200.00 bursaries to individuals who have been ISW facilitators for five years or less, and who have not had the pleasure of attending the Spring Institute before. When registering, please indicate your interest in and eligibility for a bursary.

How to Register for the Pre-Conference and/or the Spring Institute

To register for the Instructional Skills Workshop Pre-Conference and/or the Spring Institute, please register online at the link provided here: Registration ISW Pre-conference and Spring Institute 2017

To facilitate planning for these events, please indicate your interest in attending as soon as possible. If you are hoping to attend but are still uncertain, please register noting “Tentative” and confirm your registration as soon as you can. Please note the cancellation fees that apply after April 28, 2017.

For further information: