Together Navigating Tomorrow

The 4th Annual Ontario Student Leadership Spring Conference

Until the Conference!

Karen Kettle


Karen Kettle is passionate about the power of student-led leadership programs. She was a founding member of the Eastdale Eagles Leadership Camp that has been running strongly for over 20 years. Karen was the staff advisor for the Port Perry Rebels Leadership Camp for a decade. As an advisor, Karen coached a camp committee of student leaders throughout the year to prepare for four days of intensive student-led leadership learning and fun. Approximately 130 PPHS students attend leadership camp each spring. Now in retirement, Karen has switched from the decision making team to the creative team and continues as a volunteer.

Throughout her career in education; Karen has been a teacher, a consultant, an international presenter, an author, and a course director for the York University Faculty of Education. She has recently completed the book, Engaging Youth Groups, with Spencer Kagan. Karen understands the dynamics of schools, the growing pains of starting new programs, and the potential of a student-led leadership camp to create positive change and caring school cultures. She was the recipient of the Bruce Mather Award for Excellence in Education from the Durham District School Board.

Workshop Description for “What? So What? Now What? Leaders Learning from Experience”

Student leadership is all about developing knowledge, skills, and character while creating experiences that are both meaningful and fun! Student leaders often sprint from planning one event to the next missing out on the reflection that allows them to learn from experience. This interactive workshop will provide advisors with engaging activities to help your student leaders unpack what really happened, figure out what they learned from it, and decide how to apply their learning in the future. Reflecting together has the power to increase individual skills and improve the effectiveness of your council or club.