Online Workshop

Leading During and After a Crisis

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About this Online Workshop

This new online workshop has been custom designed to help leaders see sparks of hope amidst the challenges of our current circumstances. COVID-19 has created many leadership challenges and you continue to be stretched in new ways all the time. This workshop will give you the gift of self-care and support, as well as provide you with tools and strategies to lead teams during times of crisis and plan for future challenges. 

NOTE: This is an interactive, virtual workshop, which is different from a webinar. Participants will be expected to participate through voice and video, and to engage with each other and the facilitator in large and small group discussions, to learn from each other and practice skill development.

Learning Objectives

  • Become more aware of stressors and signs of burnout and trauma
  • Commit to new ways of reducing stress levels
  • Celebrate successes in adapting during unprecedented times
  • Use new techniques required to lead others in times of crisis
  • Develop a larger leadership network and support system
  • Plan for future challenges as a leader in the crisis and beyond

Who Should Attend?

This workshop has been designed for those in senior leadership and management roles

Format and Duration

One, three-hour online workshop.

With a relaxed presentation format, the workshop includes real leadership experience examples, interactive breakouts and much interaction from participants.

Workshop Dates and Registration

There are currently no upcoming dates scheduled for this workshop. If you would like to enquire about bringing this virtual workshop to your organization or staff, please contact OMSSA's Director, Education Christie Herrington.


  • Members: $125 + HST

  • Non-Members: $160 + HST

Technical Requirements

OMSSA will be hosting this virtual workshop using Zoom, an online, interactive platform that you can join straight from your web browser, or by downloading 'Zoom Client for Meetings' on your computer or tablet

Participants will be expected to join the workshop via both video and audio. Participants should therefore have access to a desktop computer, laptop computer or tablet with:

  • a webcam or built-in camera

  • a built-in microphone or a headphone jack where you can plug in a headset or earphones

We strongly recommend that participants use a headset or earphones with a built-in microphone in order to limit background noise. 

System requirements: Click here for more detailed information on system requirements from Zoom.

About the Facilitator

Ronna Hope Warsh has a depth of experience in human services in a variety of leadership roles. She has worked in non-profit agencies, and in both front-line and senior management roles at the municipal and provincial levels of government. During her tenure, she has collaborated with agencies that provide health care, child welfare, employment, social housing, developmental services, child-care and childrens mental health services. She has also been a leader on several Boards of Directors in a volunteer capacity.  During her career, Ronna secured millions of dollars which helped to build better communities for vulnerable people.

Ronna has mentored and developed many staff that blossomed into great leaders. She has developed strong collaborative teams who have worked with her to improve service delivery. She understands the changing landscape in the non-profit/public sector world and is a strategic thinker. Throughout her career, Ronna has been an authentic leader who has always acted with integrity. She consistently brings passion to her work and seeks input from others. She is a strong proponent of collaborative partnerships and, using this strategy, has been able to effectively leverage resources resulting in many innovative new programs.

Ronna held the position of Community Development and Health Commissioner for the City of Windsor, where she was responsible for 850 staff and a budget of $250 million. She was known as an inventive and transparent leader.

Ronna received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association and a Community Service Award from Community Living Windsor. In 2014, she was appointed to the Ontario College of Teachers as a Board member.

Ronna has a coaching certificate from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching, and she provides coaching to people on an individual basis, enabling them to move forward toward attaining their leadership goals. She is also certified to administer and interpret results from a number of Human Synergistics Leadership and Organizational Culture tools.

Ronna works with a number of public sector agencies, delivering workshops and managing progressive projects. She also provides strategic advice to organizations, based on her years of experience as an executive leader.