Our History

The Ontario Educational Leadership Centre (OELC) was formally established in 1948 by the Department of Education, under the leadership of G.A. Wright, Director, Physical and Health Education Branch. For the first few years we were known as the Ontario Athletic Training Camp (OATC) and provided training to male secondary school students to develop and improve their organizational ability, athletic skills, leadership skills, sense of responsibility, cooperation, confidence and personal integrity. In 1950 a female program was added.

In 1952 our name changed to the Ontario Athletic Leadership Camp (OALC) where the focus became much more about developing student leadership skills through athletics and sports-related activities.

A few decades later (1972), the leadership courses offered were expanded to include to a broader spectrum of student interests such as athletics, music and student council. As a result, our name was changed to the Ontario Student Leadership Centre (OSLC) to more accurately reflect our mandate.

In 1991 one of our most significant changes occurred. Following 43 years of governance by the Ministry of Education, the operations of the Centre were transferred from the Ministry of Education to a new not-for-profit corporation, with a volunteer Board of Directors. It was at this time that we became known as the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre (OELC).

 Over the years we have experienced many changes. We have adjusted, adapted and survived the test of time and continue to positively impact over 2,000 Ontario students every year through the provision of our leadership courses. Our sustained success in this endeavor has been a result of our foundational belief that students can, and do, make a difference and that the cultivation of leadership requires a very special environment – one that fosters curiosity, reflection and growth and provides students with opportunities to learn about themselves, others and their communities. OELC is just this kind of special place. We greatly value our past and look with anticipation to our future.

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