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Superintendent’s Report to the Board | May 2023

Circle of Care: Students

  • DSLT Student Spring Forum: Secondary students from across the Sunshine Coast gathered recently at Chatelech Secondary school for the annual District Student Leadership Team Spring Student Forum. This event brings students, trustees, district leaders, and school administrators together to discuss important topics and initiatives affecting students across the district. It was a fantastic day filled with insightful discussions, collaborative problem-solving, and meaningful connections. Huge thanks to all the student leaders who participated and contributed their ideas and perspectives. We look forward to continuing to work together to create positive change in our schools and communities. (1a)
  • DSLT North vs. South Hockey Game Fundraiser: Thanks to the efforts of our community, the District Student Leadership Team (DSLT) was able to collect $780 for the local food bank at the recent DSLT North vs. South Hockey Game Fundraiser. We’re proud to have been able to make a difference in our community and help those in need. DSLT members Mika Schutz, Kiana Hamlin, Annalisa Achee, and Darwin Miller-Hogg visited the Sunshine Coast Food Bank to commemorate the donation. (1a)

Circle of Care: Staff

  • CAISE Conference: Twenty-two educators from SD46 attended the annual two-day Council of Administrators of Inclusive Support in Education (CAISE) Conference in Vancouver. The program included presentations by Shane Safir and Shelley Moore. (2b, 2c)
  • Human Resources Job Fair in Toronto: Director of Instruction Bishop and Manager of Human Resources Sweet attended a job fair in Toronto in April, seeking to attract talented individuals to join our team. They engaged with numerous job seekers and showcased the exciting career opportunities available. The event provided an excellent platform for networking and building relationships with potential candidates. (2d)
  • Progress on the Equity in Action Project: We are nearing the end of Year 3 of the Equity in Action Project.  Along with the information gained through the Equity in Action Inquiry process engaged in by staff and district governance, and the street data collected directly from students, it is important to understand how the parents, guardians and care-takers of Indigenous students view their children’s experiences in school.The Indigenous Family Survey, with a link and QR code sent by e-mail to each family of Indigenous students in the district, was live for 18 days between April 13 and April 30, with a reminder sent on April 24.  The Survey is now closed and the data collected will be reviewed by the Equity in Action Steering Group.  There are plans for Indigenous community engagement through focus groups/talking circles regarding six key questions – but we are pausing for a bit before we start those events, out of respect for the shishalh Nation. (2e)

Circle of Care: Community

  • Mental Health Awareness Week and Launch of Agency Resource Hub: Mental Health Week took place from May 1st- May 7th. The Canadian Mental Health Association’s CMHA Mental Health Week is an annual national event that takes place during the first week in May to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health. It is with great pride and fitting with this week of acknowledgement that we also share the launch of a mental health resource hub on the district’s website, a joint effort with local agencies. (3a, 3c)
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