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Leader Spotlight – Leanne Cummings

Leanne Cummings - Ontario Power Generation

Leanne Cummings, Supervisor of Administrative Services, Ontario Power Generation

Leanne Cummings is currently the Supervisor of Administrative Services at Ontario Power Generation. She has held this position since November 2018 when she was promoted from her previous role of Executive Administrative Assistant to the VP of Niagara Operations.

Prior to her employment at OPG in 2017, Leanne was the Executive Assistant to the Chair and CEO of The Niagara Parks Commission. During that time she also held the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the Niagara Falls Illumination Board. Leanne was a former board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and enjoyed fund-raising for the “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” event. More recently, Leanne participated in a build for Habitat for Humanity in Welland.

In her spare time, Leanne plays volleyball and golf and enjoys travelling with her husband, Dan.

How do you define community leadership?

Community leadership is about providing support to all citizens. Leaders bring passion to the table, help guide programs in a positive way, and make selfless contributions. It should be about how you can make a difference in people’s lives – no matter how big or small.

“Community leadership is about
providing support to all citizens.”

Why are you personally motivated to explore community leadership?

I am personally motivated to explore community leadership because I want to make a difference in people’s lives and give back in some way. I have always felt like I should become more involved in my community and I hope this experience will lead to more opportunities to do just that. I know whatever level of involvement I have will be very rewarding.

What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?

I think one of our most significant issues is health care. It seems over the last 10-15 years it has slowly become worse – no hospital beds for emergency patients, difficulty getting a family doctor, mental health issues and the lack of specialized care, etc.

How would you go about tackling this issue?

I am not certain how to tackle this issue other than to put more money into the system and provide access to services. I believe that with another new hospital to be built in South Niagara that should help but it will take time. Hopefully with the change in Provincial government there will be positive change but not without local citizens bringing these issues to the forefront. People need to get involved in order to get government to pay attention to this issue.

In your view, what’s the most important attribute of a leader?

I think the most important attributes of a leader is integrity and sincerity. If your employees do not feel they can trust you, if they do not believe in what you are saying it will make it nearly impossible to accomplish what you are trying to do.

What individual attributes do you hope to develop or expand upon?

I am trying to learn ways to empower and motivate people.  Everyone needs to feel encouragement and support whether you are at work, in your community or in your everyday home life.

“I would like to try to improve on
my ability to empower people.

March 29th, 2019