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, the Applied Leadership Program, Stride Campaign School, 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!


Dayna Wallington

Program Lead - LEAD Centre

Dayna is the Program Lead for the LEAD Centre at the Students’ Union. As a Program Lead, she is responsible for the development and planning of the Emerging Leaders Program, the Applied Leadership Program, the Alberta Student Leadership Summit, Stride Campaign School, and various training workshops. 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 recently convocated from the University of Alberta with 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, she’s usually embroidering, listening to true crime podcasts, or attempting to break her record for most hotdogs eaten in one day. That record is 32, by the way.

Lainie Rëhn

Coordinator - Student Development

Lainie is a Student Development Coordinator for the LEAD Centre at the Students’ Union. The LEAD Centre coordinators assist students in the planning of incredible programming such as the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and the Alberta Student Leadership Summit (ASLS). As an INTJ-T personality, Lainie's idea of leadership has always been about combining collaborative efforts with hard work and persistent passion, allowing the end result to reflect a healthy team dynamic and strong communication. As a dance teacher, spin instructor and yoga teacher, Lainie is deeply fond of learning through numerous modalities, including movement and music. Lainie is a born and raised Red Deerian (who strongly believes Red Deer is more than just Gasoline Alley), a left-handed person who has broken at least 3 can openers, and whose favourite colour is yellow! Lainie is currently in her second year of a BSc in Human Ecology, majoring in Family Sciences.

Abigail Isaac

Coordinator - Student Development

Abigail is a Student Development Coordinator for the LEAD Centre at the Students’ Union. As a LEAD Centre coordinator, her role involves developing and delivering programming including the Stride Campaign School, and the Alberta Student Leadership Summit (ASLS). To Abby, leadership is something that always exists within a collective, and she sees sharing stories and different lived experiences as one of the most effective ways of learning, leading, and expressing oneself. As such, she loves writing, and some of her favorite writers are James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Audre Lorde. While born and raised in Edmonton, Abby has roots in Ethiopia and Eritrea, which may or may not be the reason as to why she enjoys eating an irresponsible amount of mangoes and mango flavoured things (particularly bubble tea). As a violinist and avid reader, you can almost always catch her with tea, a book, and a good playlist (likely featuring Lauryn Hill). Abby is going into her third year pursuing a degree in Political Science and Economics, and is especially passionate about gender, migration, and conflict studies, and international development.

Rayyan Aqueel

Coordinator - Student Development

Rayyan is a Student Development Coordinator for the LEAD Centre at the Students’ Union. The LEAD Centre coordinators assist with the planning and execution of wonderful leadership programs, such as the Volunteer Leadership Training (VLT), the Alberta Student Leadership Summit (ASLS), and other on-demand training. To Rayyan, being a good leader means being able to empathize with, guide, support, and challenge those in your community to promote their growth and success. Being part of leadership teams has been an incredibly valuable, empowering, and meaningful experience for him. Rayyan thoroughly enjoys bouldering (despite not being very good at it), going on adventures with friends, smiling, and complaining about the temperature. Being born in Pakistan and growing up in Saudi Arabia, Rayyan has a wide range of experiences and loves to learn about different cultures and languages around the world. Rayyan is going into his 4th year of his Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience.

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