About Us

Leadership Education and Development Centre

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Centre is a unit in the SU Student Services that formed in May 2015. This unit was previously known as Leadership & Recognition. The purpose of the unit is to develop and deliver leadership training on campus and recognize the outstanding student leaders on campus. LEAD Centre is responsible for the Emerging Leaders Program, the Alberta Student Leadership Summit, Student Group Executive Training and On-Demand Training.

We also provide customized training to student groups on a range of topics including leadership, conflict resolution, and self-care. To contact us to see how we can work with you, click here!


Eric Kother

Program Lead - Student Development

Eric is the Program Lead for the LEAD Centre at the Students’ Union. As a Program Lead, he is responsible for the development and planning of the Emerging Leaders Program, planning of the Alberta Student Leadership Summit, supporting Stride Campaign School, and various training workshops. Eric is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science with a minor in Biological Sciences. Eric’s job can be summed up as supporting the student coordinators he works with and ensuring they find success in their projects. He loves seeing them become confident in the work they do! In spite of his clumsiness, Eric really loves rock-climbing and hopes to try outdoor climbing this coming summer (his parents are terrified at this prospect). He loves Edmonton for many reasons (the Canoë Volant festival is a particular favourite), but especially the summer. According to Eric, you can’t beat the long sunny days.

Dayna Wallington

Coordinator - Student Development

Dayna is a Coordinator for the LEAD Centre at the Students’ Union. As a coordinator, she is responsible for the many of our leadership programs, including the Emerging Leaders Program, Alberta Student Leadership Summit, and On-Demand training. Dayna has an aptitude for facilitation and loves being able to connect with different student groups around campus. She’s also a self-proclaimed “freak for creating excel sheets.” Dayna is originally from Tisdale, Saskatchewan (if you haven’t heard of it, it serves as the inspiration for the TV show Corner Gas). She is currently completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in psychology and minoring in nutrition. While she misses the Saskatchewan sunsets, she has grown to like Edmonton and notes a favourite part as seeing all the bunnies on campus and in the river valley. If Dayna isn’t working hard in Student Life Central or studying, she’s usually crocheting, hanging out with her hamster, Daisy, or attempting to break her record for most hotdogs eaten in one day. That record is 32, by the way.

Christopher Bautista

Coordinator - Student Development

Chris is a Coordinator at the LEAD Centre at the Students’ Union. The LEAD Centre coordinators assist students in the planning of amazing things like the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and the Alberta Student Leadership Summit (ASLS). Chris loves making people feel welcome and a part of broader discussions surrounding social change and leadership; empowering others is an incredible thing that Chris is excited to see happen for others in this position. Chris studies Human Ecology with a major in Family Sciences in the Faculty of ALES and likes rock climbing!

Anusha Kav

Coordinator - Stride

Anusha is the Coordinator for Stride at the Students’ Union. Stride is a campaign school for women and non-binary students that encourages participation and involvement in student governance. Anusha loves to help folks to feel more supported and confident in their abilities and take on roles in student governance! As a Senator for the U of A she made sure to advocate for underrepresented genders in governance. Along with running Stride, she is a 4th year Political Science student with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her favourite thing about Edmonton is strolling down Whyte avenue, seeing dogs and petting them. Alongside dogs, Anusha unironically loves other weird animals like possums and raccoons. Off campus, she enjoys a good cheesy romance, be it Disney or Bollywood, she’s got you covered!

You can find us at Student Life Central in SUB!

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Student Life Central
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7