November 17, 2023

Following the rush of activities as you prepared for and hosted Remembrance Day assemblies last week, I hope you were able to pause on Saturday to honour all those who have served our country. Reviewing media last week, I could see the remarkable work of schools – led by dedicated Principals and Vice-Principals – in helping our young citizens understand the significance and importance of the sacrifices made in conflict-zones around the world that have led to the benefits and freedoms Canadians enjoy today. Thank you for your part as school leaders in modelling and teaching good citizenship.

As Remembrance Day fell on a weekend this year, we all had a chance to recharge our batteries as we prepare for the final weeks before the holiday break.

Brian and Frank Pearce at Coast Salish Elementary

The grand opening of a new school is always a time of great excitement, both within a school district and in a community. Earlier this week, I had a sneak peek at the beautiful brand-new Coast Salish Elementary School in SD 43 (Coquitlam). High atop the rapidly expanding community on Burke Mountain in Coquitlam, my friend and colleague, Principal Frank Pearce, gave me a personal tour of his building prior to the ribbon-cutting.

Coast Salish is a state-of-the-art facility with natural light and wood throughout. Like many new buildings I have visited in my travels to different Chapters, the physical plant and general ambience of the structure help to create the sense that this is a great place to learn. However, it is the people in the building that transform that structure into a school. Judging from the excitement and pride shown by the staff and students that I met, Frank has helped create a wonderful learning environment for the Coast Salish community, and a legacy of learning that will continue long after the buzz of the grand opening.

Visiting schools and Chapters is one of the most enjoyable, informative, and exciting parts of my role. When I have a firsthand opportunity to witness the local context of our members, it helps me to articulate and advocate for your needs. I want to hear about your successes, your challenges, and how the Association can support you in your vital work.

If you would like me to visit your school, community, or Chapter, please reach out to Sharon North I still have openings after the winter break and into the spring. 

Have a great weekend,



The BC Principals' & Vice-Principals' Association is a voluntary professional association representing school leaders employed as Principals and Vice-Principals in BC's public education system. We provide our members with the professional services and supports they need to provide exemplary leadership in public education.

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