We know that words without actions are meaningless.

We know that actions without understanding are empty.

We know that inaction is impossible.

"We do not go where the path may lead.

We go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

CALENDARS - Elementary, Junior & Senior


Advanced Student Leadership (ASL) invests in young people. The ASL program provides training and opportunities that impart knowledge, pursue passions, and transfer responsibilities from adults to emerging leaders for a better world! ASLeaders are part of a learning community that generates engaged young people who have the mindset, skills, and fortitude to lead.

ASL serves over 7000 students in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

This website is a work space for Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board student leaders from grade 5 to grade 11.

We are building connections to enhance our collective 'leadership IQ', support diverse teams, engage in active volunteerism, and to foster collaborations that transform lives.

On this site you will find:



(click the logo)

How do Advanced Student Leaders gain the skills to lead?

Students grow from a spectator into a participant and become a stakeholder.

ASL is 21st Century learning that connects classroom knowledge with real world experience for students in grades 5 to 11. We work hard to open doors of opportunity for young people to grow progressively as leaders from elementary to junior high to senior school and return as alumni mentors.

ASLeaders receive training and opportunities to lead teams that plan, prepare, communicate, set objectives and work cooperatively to achieve those objects as we move students from spectator to participant, and into a stakeholder.

Click here to find out more about the ASL classroom.

Engaging the next generation of leaders:

FORBES ARTICLE – July 11, 2018

How To Hire The Right People To Help Your Organization Succeed: https://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypercy/2018/07/11/how-to-hire-the-right-people-to-help-your-organization-succeed/

Connect the Classroom


ASLeaders use skills and competencies learned in the classroom to SMARTE plan, enhance their communication skills by engaging in our bilingual community, incorporate technology, and enhance their understanding of course material through meaningful experiences.

Make learning, make sense.

Enhance Leadership Skills


ASLeaders are busy! Students work on teams that are aligned with their interests as they are learning how to plan, prepare, execute, and evaluate.

ASLeaders manage their time, resources, talents, weaknesses, develop situational awareness, emotional intelligence, identify and overcoming challenges, analyse, evaluate, and adjust to enable others and to generate success.

90% of a leader's work is dedicated to caring for people, planning, preparing, and evaluating.

Take Action


Authentic leaders serve their people. ASLeaders use their talents, intrests, and tools to make a positive difference in their world.

ASLeaders apply their knowledge, and leadership skills toward achieving positive and meaningful outcomes for things that they are passionate about. ASLeaders are active and engaged in our world.

10% of the work is the action being produced. Events and activities are the evidence of the work that has been completed.

"There is no student that goes through your leadership program who does not come out changed for the better in some profound way.

I sincerely believe it makes the world a better place."

M. Favasoli, CSD


When we are live, the link will be posted here and on the 'LIVE Events' page.

Short podcast episodes to engage and inspire!

Available worldwide, EVERYWHERE that you listen!!

Welcome to the journey! (6:46 min)

Daniel Johnson and David Rossi outline how Advanced Student Leaders are Leaving Tread Marks as they take ownership of our world.

If you think that you know what teenagers are up to - think again! (7:51)

Join grade 11 student, Huda, as she learns more about Ahmed, a fellow ASLeader, who has worked with refugees coming into Canada and he gave an inspirational TEDx Youth Laval talk last spring.

Evelyne walks with global trailblazers! (10:01)

Evelyn spent time with women who are leading the way in the global IT community.

Join her as she interviews Trish following a 'Women in IT' conference held at Insight Canada in Montreal, Quebec.

Suzanne Gagliese, Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft

Dee Ann Lama, Vice President Sales, Cisco

Trish O’Keeffe, Senior Manager, Insight Canada Inc.

Jenny Dho, Vice President Sales, WSP Global

Alexia finds out why Pierce shaved his head for breast cancer. (3:33)

Grade 6 students at Souvenir Elementary, Alexia and Pierce, have been on a journey learning about how an alumni started a breast cancer charity called Pink In The City.

At our MUHC hospital fundraiser for Pink In The City, called Raise Craze, Pierce shaved his head. Alexia finds out why...

What does it take to lead a student body? Part 1 (13:50)

Leo talks with Huda, who is a Laval Senior Academy's Student Council representative, and Vanessa, who is an ASLeadership alumni and President of the Vanier College, Student Association.

All three are learning about using leadership opportunities to help others.

LIVE from Raise Craze - Turning compassion into action! (15:29)

Live from Pink In The City's (PitC) annual fundraiser called Raise Craze.

Tiffany and Anastasia interview Elias, a fellow student, who shaved his head and became a PINK Champion!

Tiffany speaks with the founder of PitC, alumnus Lawrence Vourtzoumis.

Abegayle speaks with Dr. Karatzios about why he shaved his head.

Brandon spends time with breast cancer patient Deborah Bridgeman.

Pink In The City is a student created charity that supports the breast cancer clinic at our MUHC hospital and gives 100% of what is raised.

These ASLeaders attend Laval Junior Academy and Laval Senior Academy.

Episode 7: Olivia talks with her Dad about the military and family. (5:30)

Olivia's Dad served 30 years in the Canadian Armed Forces in different capacities and on different deployments.

Being a military family is a different way of life. Olivia and Mr. Hebert give us a glimpse of some of the challenges and balance required when dedicated to service to our country. A reality for families in our school board.

Episode 8: Alexia talks with Captain Kimball about Remembrance Day, leadership, hope, and responsibility. (12:13)

Captain Kimball is a leader that has served overseas, serves with PPCLI, and he oversees training at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Alexia is in grade 6 at Souvenir Elementary school and she has helped to oversee her schools’ Remembrance Day ceremonies.


Learning to lead and stories from the trail.


(This website is routinely updated with new pictures, forms, and information)


NOVEMBER 27, 2018



Join us as we launch the 2018 Tedx Youth Laval talks worldwide and introduce the 2019 team!


Our ASLeader's Tedx Youth Laval PRESS CONFERENCE N NOV 27 AT 12:30 at Laval Senior Academy 3200 Souvenir, Laval , H7V 1W9



Tedx Youth Laval is a bilingual event giving voice and a platform for the next generation of leaders to engage in the global conversation.

Tedx Youth Laval est un événement bilingue donnant une voix et une plate-forme à la prochaine génération de leaders pour engager la conversation mondiale.

Champion for Shoe Bank Canada

Terry Fox Elementary School's Leadership Club has collected over 300 pairs of shoes to help Shoe Bank Canada put shoes on Canadians in need.

The Leadership Club under the leadership of Ms. Sommer and Ms. Siokas have collected shoes that will be delivered to Shoe Bank Canada, a not-for-profit social enterprise committed to ensuring that no Canadian should want for a decent pair of shoes. The organization has distributed more than 40,000 pairs of shoes across Canada to date.

Special thanks to Fedex for sponsoring all of the shipping!!

Supporting Dans la Rue

Jules Verne Elementary's Student Council has been working to support youth in need through the Montreal charity Dans la Rue.

AGAPE in our Community

Many of our schools support the important work of AGAPE Inc. through annual food drives.

Huda went to investigate how AGAPE is helping those in need in Laval.


SUMMIT Jan 29, 2019

Coming together to learn and growth in order to lead.

Laval Junior Academy



Field Trip to Ottawa

Permission Forms will be available at participating schools through your leadership teacher.


05:30 Meet for departure.

08:00- Arrive in Ottawa - Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel

Canadian War Museum’s OPERATION VETERAN event with schools from across Canada and different Senior Canadian Government Cabinet Ministers, senior leadership of the Canadian Armed Forces, leadership of the Royal Canadian Legion, and some of our nation's greatest historians.

10:15- CANADIAN NATIONAL CEREMONY as televised on all Canadian Television Networks

13:00 – Memorial Service with serving soldiers and veterans - PPCLI ASSOCIATION CEREMONY

16:30 - Sunset wreath laying at the National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Pink In The City

Pink In The City is a student created charity that raises funds for our MUHC hospital's breast cancer clinic and donates 100% of what is raised.

Students are raising funds to open a new HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAM at the MUHC breast cancer clinic!

Raise Craze is an annual event for PINK Champions to raise funds and donate their hair to cancer patients.


Schools are invited to bring their grade 6 classes to the MUHC to see and to discover.

  • Meet Lawrence who started Pink In The City when he was at Souvenir elementary school
  • Hear from the MUHC team and a breast cancer survivor to learn about breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and healing.
  • Touch the equipment that Pink In The City has purchased for the breast cancer clinic.
  • Discover the new Health and Wellness Program being planned.
  • See people taking action by having their hair cut and heads shaved!
  • Bike for Pink as we start to collect kilometers on stationary bikes in support of Raise Craze.
  • Get involved by having your hair braided or a pink extension for $5 or a donation in support of Pink!
  • Learn about what happens to the hair that is donated directly from the wig makers.
  • Eat free waffles!

Be inspired to continue making a difference in your school and community!!

Pink In The City is a student created charity that supports our local breast cancer clinic at Montreal's McGill University Health Centre hospital and donates 100% of what is raised.


WHEN? Fall & Spring

WHERE? Arundel Nature Centre

WHO? Grade 5 & 6 playground leaders


WHAT? Bring your lunch and snacks, a water bottle, warm clothes, and a super attitude!

Contact your school Playground Leadership staff member for more information or email asl@swlsb.ca








In early December 2018, female students who are interested in STEM careers will have the opportunity to attend an intimate conference with dynamic global leaders.

Details and the sign up will be posted through teachers.

In partnership with Insight.

ASLeaders interact with pioneers in their field

Insights and discussions that connect the classroom to the world stage.



Hundreds of grade 5 and 6 students in elementary schools throughout the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board will receive playground leadership training this year.

Students learn how to take care of and lead younger students in games and healthy activity in the school yard.

At the 2018 MODEL THE WAY HONOURS celebration, 200 student leaders attending 7 different schools from grade 4 to grade 11 were honoured for their leadership and volunteerism at Cineplex Colossus.

We are grateful to our partners: Cineplex Colossus, Caisse Desjardins de Chomedey, our Member of the National Assembly, Mr. Guy Ouellette and from Montreal's Virgin Radio and the Kelly Alexander Show, Kelly Alexander.

January 2019

Leaders come together to learn and grow in order to lead.


You can change the world!

We can show you how...

Get involved and start!



SPRING BREAK (March) 2019!

ASLeaders will be a part of a life changing experience as they learn about sustainability, participate in service with our BriBri partners at Akberie school, and live the Pura Vida life!

This trip is open to grade 10 and 11 students.

For more information on how you can join us please email: djohnson@swlauriersb.qc.ca

Work to receive a leadership and citizenship award from a member of the Royal Family!


BROCHURE - click to download


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award!

EMAIL: asl@swlsb.ca for more info.


OP Veteran SOUP launch at Laval Senior Academy!

Students are using their Corner Store for good. The store is run by our WOTP program and supported by our Advanced Student Leadership and Learners Without Borders teams.

Every soup sold raises funds to provide warm meals to veterans through OPERATION VETERAN every day.

Thank you Dr. Kavanagh and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.


We are creating a small 3D printed, LED light that is programmed to flash ‘Lest We Forget’ in Morse Code to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The lights will be for any and all Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

Every night the lights will turn on at sunset and turn off at sunrise as they are powered by solar batteries.

See the demo here: https://youtu.be/W7RQklCX5Go

Get involved by emailing here: lestweforgetlight@gmail.com

Sharing a passion for STEM

Student Councils In Motion

Awareness and Action

Use Your Voice

Green Clubs


Include and Inspire (RSEQ)

Feed your passion - Find your purpose!

Earning the responsibility to lead (Captain's Training)

"The Advanced Student Leadership (ASL) program has been a part of me for the last number of years. The program has been a very important part of my personal and professional life.

As a Human Resources professional part of my responsibilities is interviewing candidates for vacant positions. At times, the need of the organization is to find eager, bright and talented young leaders that will learn, develop and grow. These candidates arise from their successful completion of post-secondary education and are generally graduates from the private-sector secondary school system.

The ASL program at Laval Senior Academy (LSA) directly competes with these private-sector schools and in many cases surpasses them. The life-skills that the ASL Alumni have gained provide them with an upper hand in the very competitive post-secondary education system.

In my private life, I have been a parent-volunteer to this program while my daughter attended LSA (Laval Liberty High School at that time) and even though my daughter graduated a few years ago, I remained part of the ASL family but now as a Consultant/Mentor. The life experiences that I have been exposed to though my association with the ASL is beyond words. To be able to be part of a family of so many great individuals with a common thread (developing our youth to become exceptional leaders) has been, and continues to be, an incredible feeling of accomplishment. I am forever grateful to the ASL family."

George Papathanasopoulos


Community Leader

Human Resource Manager

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