Student reveals leadership makeover

By Geoff Lee

December 7, 2017 11:50 AM

Lashburn High School student Kassidy Ottenbreit spoke to the Rotary Club of Lloydminster’s lunch on Monday about her Rotary sponsored trip to the Canadian Student Leadership Conference in Waterloo Ont. in September. Rotary also sponsored her teacher, Adele Muzyka, one of 250 advisors at the conference. Muzyka was also at the Rotary lunch. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

Lashburn teen, Kassidy Ottenbreit got the opportunity to reveal her leadership makeover before the Rotary Club of Lloydminster, the group who funded it.
The Grade 12 Lashburn High School student, who is president of the Student’s Representative Council (SRC) Council, spoke about what she learned while attending the Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC) at Monday’s rotary lunch.
“I gained a lot of new friends and a lot of new knowledge about the different cultures in Canada, and how big Canada actually is culturally, and just the different ways people do things from across Canada and different skills to get everybody in my community and school involved in activities,” said Ottenbreit.
CSLC is a national leadership skills conference for secondary schools across Canada with this year’s theme, Igniting Your Innovation Spirit.
“So, it’s like getting students the skills to start up their own business and not be afraid to take that risk,” explained Ottenbreit.
Throughout the conference, students attend workshops and participate in activities to further develop their leadership skills and build confidence.
As for what she learned about how to get kids involved at her own school, Ottenbreit said it’s doing something that makes you step out of your comfort zone, but gets everybody active in what you’re doing.
She said that can mean just simple things like being silly ... “so like dressing up and being at the front doors of your school as something silly like making sure everyone is ‘sanitized’ before they come into the school.”
“It’s a fun way to start the day and a fun way to get everyone involved.”
Ottenbreit came to the lunch with her leadership and math teacher Adele Muzyka, who Rotary also sent to the conference hosted by the Waterloo Region District School Board in Waterloo Ont. in late September.
“They have incredible speakers from all over Canada and the U.S.,” said Muzyka who was one 250 leadership advisors and 750 students at CSLC.
Lashburn High School is a member of the Canadian Student Leadership Association, which organizes the national conferences.
“We like to encourage pride in our community, pride in ourselves, advocacy for others, leadership in terms of themselves as well as the community members —the town, the school,” said Muzyka.
As for Rotary sponsoring her and Ottenbreit, Muzyka said, “They were fabulous; they paid for our cost for travel—it was amazing.”
She said Ottenbreit got full value from her leadership lessons in Waterloo.
“So she came back with all kinds of good ideas for getting our students organized and excited to be involved in the community,” said Muzyka.
“So we do a lot of things through the school and through the community to ensure that people are active and involved.”
Ottenbreit said her SRC does a lot of fundraisers in Lashburn.
“This year actually as president of the SRC – we organized a ‘We Scare Hunger’ so the town of Lashburn did a big food drive on Halloween and donated a bunch of food to help people in need of food,” she said.
“We do one of those at Christmas too and we do Operation Christmas Child, and we do pancake breakfasts during the summertime and stuff like that.”

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