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Message from the Chair – October 2019

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There are a few changes to the Board Report this month. In addition to just the Chair reporting updates, the trustees themselves will have a voice in their own official activities. Our trustees work hard to walk the talk of our vision, mission and value statements.

There are a few changes to the Board Report this month. In addition to just the Chair reporting updates, the trustees themselves will have a voice in their own official activities. Our trustees work hard to walk the talk of our vision, mission and value statements. Through-out the year, trustees engage in numerous committee meetings and workshops as well as attend PAC meetings, participate in functions, and celebrate community activities. This will be an opportunity for them to report back to the whole board within a timely manner and to share community celebrations and keep the board aware of any current issues. As this is still the ‘beginning of the year’ and the first implementation of this reporting, it is still a work in progress. It will contain more content as more activities happen.

September 12-16 : Trustee Girard attended Cedar Grove Elementary PAC, Trustee Ruth attended Elphinstone Secondary PAC, Trustee Haines attended Pender Harbour Secondary PAC and Trustee Hampvent was invited to the Roberts Creek Elementary Family Picnic. Trustee Girard gathered information at the Climate Action Forum while Trustee Hampvent participated in the Longhouse Cultural Evening event. Both of these community events were true testaments to our vision statement.

September 17-21: Trustees Girard and Ruth were invited to, and greatly enjoyed, the Langdale Elementary Open House/Picnic while Trustee Girard stayed on to attend her first official PAC Meeting of the year.

September 21-27: The board committee day on the 24th was fully attended by all trustees, except Trustee Leech, who was out-of-country. The day was a big success in my opinion, as most trustees stayed throughout and meetings were well attended by staff as well. Chair Ruth participated in a province-wide conference call with all district chairs, BCSTA President Stephanie Higginson, and Minister of Education, Rob Flemming on the 26th. Trustee Hampvent and Trustee Ruth both attended last month’s DPAC meeting where the new Strategic Plan was introduced. Our origami designed hand-out was distributed as well as the silicone SD46 bracelets.

At month-end, Trustees Leech and Ruth attended the  agenda setting meeting with senior staff. This was also Orange Shirt Day, and SD46 represented well! Our trustees shared selfies of themselves in their t-shirts. Trustee Haines won hands-down with her wearing her t-shirt at work, operating mask and all!

October 1-9: Trustee Ruth attended Gibsons Elementary PAC, Trustee Amaral attended the West Sechelt Elementary PAC meeting, and Trustee Girard attended Cedar Grove Elementary PAC. Trustee Haines sat at the Madeira Park Elementary PAC meeting in place of Trustee Girard, but Trustee Girard forwarded her liaison report to the PAC. Trustee Ruth joined Trustee Leech and Superintendent Bocking in a meeting with Town of Gibsons Mayor Beamish and Councillor Croal for informational exchanges in regards to mutual interests; student voice, social housing and the like. Lastly, Chair Ruth was present at the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education ceremony in Victoria.

Again, there will be much more happening through-out the months as we go forward. My goal, as stated, is to open up more dialog on the goings on in our schools and community. Trustees were invited to elaborate on their reports at the October Regular Board Meeting.

 

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