Message from the Chair – October 2017

October is one of the favorite months for the Board of Education as that is when we have the swearing in ceremony for the new student trustee to join us at the governing table for school district decisions.  Each year a grade twelve student is chosen from the membership of the District Student Leadership Team and that student is introduced to the Board at our October public meeting.  On Wednesday, October 11, Pearl Deasey from Chatelech Secondary School became the student trustee for the 2017-18.


Pearl was a member of the DSLT last year and showed she will be a strong trustee with a verbal report on September activities across the district, including feedback on a new app available to students and teachers as well as reporting on student spirit rallies across the district.


School District No46 (Sunshine Coast) and School District No. 39 (Vancouver) are the only districts in BC that have a student officially as a member of the Board of Education.  Our Board has been advocating to the Minister of Education for several years to formally encourage other districts to incorporate the voice of students to their board deliberations.  Pearl, in her official capacity as a trustee, will join representatives from the Sunshine Coast at the BCSTA Academy in late November to assist us in presenting "The Courage to Work Together: Governing to Create Communities of Learning" as one of the optional workshops at the conference. This is an opportunity for trustees from across the province to see how important collaboration is in our district and how  strong student voices add to those collaborations.


All our elected trustees look forward to working with Pearl and it is a great pleasure to welcome her to our board.



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