The month of February was focused on our value, Inclusion, and we are now heading into Collaboration and Equity. How better to model this than by participating in a team-building retreat. On the 21st of February, our board spent the day together with senior staff at the beautiful Botanical Gardens in West Sechelt, discussing ways to further connect our team and enhance our work on the board by opening up the communication channels and setting a place at the table for all. The session was facilitated by Betty Baxter, previous board chair of School District 46. It was a successful day of learning and listening. My thanks to everyone for taking the time out of your busy schedules!
Vice-Chair Leech and myself spent the morning of the 18th talking with the Sunshine Coast Community Services Chair Sue Anne Linde and Vice-Chair Jason Winkler. We shared our Strategic Plan, its structure and connection to our goals. Our discussion hit on many of our mutual activities and reflected on the values that we each shared. It was a wonderful morning of collaboration and we hope to continue our relationship in an open and welcoming manner. Our relationship with our community partners is important.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Warren Paull on his re-election as Chief of the shíshálh Nation and to council members Corey August, Barbara Joe, Selina August and Alvina Paul. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the shíshálh Educational leaders for the benefit of all our students.
This week has brought us the Musical Theatre presentation of Newsies! I have the honour of attending tomorrow night! I was amazed at the array of talent from last year’s performance and am excited to witness once again the outcome of such hard work and dedication. Tickets are still available for Thursday through Saturday.
Seven more school days until Spring Break! The Board and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday! Have fun and stay safe.