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  • July 24, 2009

Dr. Helena Jaczek Graduates from Legislative Leadership Development Program

Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham, was among 36 selected lawmakers to complete a leadership training program that identifies and assists emerging state and provincial leaders in the Midwest.

From July 10th to July 14th, Dr. Jaczek met with fellow lawmakers from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and 10 other Midwestern states, in Madison, Wisconsin. There, Dr. Jaczek and her colleagues took part in The Council of State Governments’ 15th annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD).

“I am honoured to have been selected to participate in the Legislative Leadership Development program,” said Dr. Jaczek. “The program gave members from different legislatures the opportunity to discuss important issues and share ideas on such topics as health care, education and the economy. It was a truly enriching experience.”

“The Bowhay Institute is one of the premier leadership training programs in the nation,” says Iowa Rep. J. Scott Raecker, who serves as co-chair of the institute’s steering committee. “The legislatures in the region have benefited greatly from the skills their members have gained through this unique educational experience. Many of the graduates now hold leadership positions in their states.”

BILLD was founded in 1995 to help new legislators meet the demands of federal devolution and, in many states, term limits. These two emerging forces have highlighted the shortage of training available for legislators, a void that BILLD aims to fill.


For more information about the BILLD program, please visit

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