This Week in eNews | January 8, 2021

President's Message

President's Message

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I’ve been fortunate to be out on the road again this week in SD 53, 51 and 67. It’s such a beautiful part of the province in the Fall, as the leaves change colour and that brisk chill is starting to creep into the edges of each day. I’ve been grateful for some clear sunny days, and for many rich conversations with the leaders in these districts.

We are thrilled to have exceptional keynote speakers with us again this year. On Friday, Peter DeWitt will focus on how leaders can both foster growth in their teachers and put the focus on learning for students, and on Saturday, we will first have Gabrielle Scrimshaw’s look at how Indigenous demographics are changing Canada, and the role of education in the reconciliation process, and then Dr. John Chenoweth will examine Indigenous education today through weaving a traditional Syilx/Okanagan story, the Four Chiefs.

We feel very fortunate to have these respected speakers at the conference to inspire us and provoke both thought and dialogue. And we are just as fortunate to have our own members who have stepped forward to share their expertise and innovative learning through leading our Friday breakout sessions. Conference attendees will hear about a huge scope of topics, including how to create learning teams; Indigenous ways of leading; human-centered leadership development and so much more. Attendees can browse the conference app: the link is in last week’s conference confirmation.

I know from experience that it can feel daunting to propose and lead a session for your peers, but experience has also taught me that there are countless rewards for this courage, and new connections that will blossom. It’s often hard to draw attendees back from the breakout sessions, as meaningful conversations are being spun in each room. And, to me, that’s inspiration: the value of our members relating their lived experience, and the opportunity for leaders to share with others is often the most memorable and significant experience that conference attendees will take away with them. It’s definitely something that I’m looking forward to, and I hope that our members attending the conference will share with us and with others the new learning that they embrace at this year’s Connecting Leaders.

Take Care,

Darren Danyluk
President | @bcpvpapresident

This Week's Highlight

This Week's Highlight

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BCPVPA has a new website!

Check out our new website:! Members, stay tuned for a new MemberTech section coming to our website, which will act as a BCPVPA Member Only hub with exclusive resources and information for you.

BCPVPA Updates

BCPVPA Updates

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Event & Webinar Registrations

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Coffee Connections

Bi-weekly on Thursdays | 7:30am – 8:00am
for the Next Session:

Our 30-minute Zoom chats are hosted by BCPVPA President Darren Danyluk and BCPVPA senior staff. Coffee Connections provide an opportunity for members to share their concerns, and ideas, and touch base with colleagues to start off the day.

BCPVPA 2021 Retirement Seminars

Our BCPVPA Retirement Seminars address questions around retirement-readiness, the specifics of the Teachers’ Pension Plan and any other questions that you may have. The 2021 Seminars will occur on the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 6, 9am-noon
  • Thursday, March 4, 4-7pm
  • Thursday, April 15, 4-7pm

Reserve your spot!

Please register early in advance as spots fill up quickly.

Questions? Contact Emily

2021 Issues Forum: Call for Presenters

The BCPVPA Issues Forum is an opportunity for BCPVPA members and friends to share ideas and gather new learning. Issues Forum 2021 will take place during the end of February 2021 on Zoom. The BCPVPA is looking for its members to provide an hour-long breakout session, that includes relevant and current information of interest to school leaders. APPLY HERE

The submission of a completed proposal does not in any way guarantee the submitter a breakout session at the forum. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Thank you.

Programs for Early Career Leaders

Mark your calendars! We are thrilled to announce two upcoming opportunities for aspiring and new school leaders.

This is a new virtual offering from the BCPVPA, with the goal of introducing the role of the Vice-Principal to teachers and teacher-leaders who are ready to explore the next step. EASL (Essentials for Aspiring School Leaders) will be held on four Saturday mornings: April 17, May 1, May 15 & May 29, 2021.

The program will draw upon the experience and guidance of current Vice-Principals and Principals as participants are introduced to the four domains of the BCPVPA Leadership Standards, and offered an opportunity to learn about the many responsibilities of the role. This inaugural EASL program will be limited to 30 participants, and program application will open February 1, 2021. BCPVPA members are invited to introduce this opportunity to their teachers who are seeking a leadership opportunity.

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the BCPVPA from holding our traditional Short Course 1 in July, and to fill that gap we launched ENSL (Essentials for New School Leaders), an online opportunity for new leaders to take part in facilitated conversation with practicing Vice-Principals and Principals, and to learn more about the many skills required as a school leader.

While health and safety protocols will continue to restrict our presentation of Short Course 1 in 2021, we are delighted to again offer this virtual experience for new Vice-Principals and Principals on four mornings the week of July 5, 2021. Registration for ENSL will open February 1, 2021.

Save the Date for CL 2021

Get ready! The 2021 Connecting Leaders Conference: Leading for Equity, hosted by the BCPVPA’s Metro Region Chapters, will be happening October 21 - 23, 2021. Leading us in conversation will be Keynote Speakers: Nouman Ashraf, Anna Maria Tremonti, and Candy Palmater. Registration opens Spring 2021. Find out more!

Apply to be on the BCPVPA Budget Committee

The Budget Committee reviews the budget and associated processes and may provide advice to the Board on issues and policies. Apply Here! Make sure to check the ‘Budget Committee’ box in the form.

BCPVPA President: Chapter Visits & Meetings

Darren Danyluk, BCPVPA President, is eager to get to know members in your local communities! Darren would be delighted to connect with your Chapter through a virtual meeting or town hall. It’s important to hear from our members, and to find out about the challenges and successes that you are experiencing.

We are currently scheduling virtual meetings starting for 2021. If you are interested in having Darren attend a virtual Chapter meeting, please contact Sharon North.

Principl(ed) Podcast

Episode 8 with SD #75 Principal, Mikel Brogan

The Principl(ed) Podcast is a made-in-Canada monthly series that connects with BC school Principals and Vice-Principals who are working everywhere in the province, from the smallest rural schools to the bustling urban centres.

Available to listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more!

Principl(ed) Magazine November 2020 Issue

The November 2020 issue of the Principl(ed) magazine is now available online. This publication is filled with resources, insight and inspiration! Front cover featuring Karen Flello, Online Learning Principal at SD #63 SIDES BC. Read the full magazine here or view individual articles here.



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ReCharge:Energizing School Leaders

ReCharge is a BCPVPA health series for our members, partners and friends, featuring simple tips and information to improve your coping abilities and expand your self-awareness.

Read the latest ReCharge View ReCharge.
All ReCharge posts are archived here.

ReFresh: Recess for Your Health

ReFresh is a BCPVPA health resource with simple exercises and information to explore in your breaks at work. ReFresh appears as a Member Update every Wednesday.

Read the latest ReFresh Update View ReFresh.
All ReFresh updates are archived here.

OpEd: Charles Ungerleider

In this week's blogpost, Charles _____________________________
Read the blogpost here (LINK)

Charles Ungerleider is a Professor Emeritus of Education at The University of British Columbia and Managing Partner at Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group.
The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in the OpED articles are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the BCPVPA.

Member & Partner News

Member & Partner News

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2021 Part-time MEd Cohorts | UBC Faculty of Education

UBC Faculty of Education is proud to offer graduate programs through a cohort model. This means that you will be studying part-time, in a program paced to allow you to teach full-time, following a pre-determined schedule, and you will be progressing through your program with a core group of people.

Instead of navigating graduate school alone, you will be doing it alongside your peers who are invested in the same issues and subject areas you are. We know cohorts build vital, long-lasting learning communities, with social support systems and long-term relationships, capable of transforming careers and educational systems.

In 2021, cohorts will be offered fully online or in blended formats.
View our current list of 2021 offerings!

Better Educate

Develop a profile, collaborate with colleagues, browse and share resources and develop your Growth Plan and your School Plan – all on one platform!

Haven't signed up yet? BCPVPA Members get free access! Just visit the site and sign up for your free membership with the promo code Bcpvpa123.

Early Intervention Program (EIP)

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) has expanded province-wide. The EIP is a professional support service provided by the BCPVPA at no cost to you and is completely voluntary and confidential. The program supports BCPVPA Benefits Plan members experiencing health-related personal and/or professional challenges.

Find out more

Johnson Insurance

Given the exceptional travel circumstances, Johnson Insurance has extended the term of the MEDOC Base Plan coverage for a total of 4 months at no additional charge. Members who currently have MEDOC travel insurance will continue to have their coverage up to December 31, 2020 at no additional cost. As a result of the coverage extension provided during 2020, the annual MEDOC reissue documentation will now be sent in November for a new policy term of January 1 to August 31, 2021. Johnson is finalizing terms for the January 1, 2021 renewal, and more information will be available as the plan progresses.
For more information, please visit

BC Retired Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association (BCRPVPA)

Membership Opportunities

Are you or a colleague thinking of retirement soon? Please check the BC Retired Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association for benefits offered to retired members, such as affinity, health & travel insurance, prestige coverage, pensions & other topics of interest, and you will also find a mail-in application form on the site. The BCRPVPA looks forward to hearing from you if retirement is in your near future! Contact the BCRPVPA



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Principal and Vice-Principal Opportunities & Vacancies

Find up-to-date career opportunities on the Make A Future job board in the BC Education sector!

BCPVPA Member Link App

Download the Member App
With the Member smartphone app, you’ll have member news, updates, and resources at your fingertips, all week long. Already have Yapp installed? Select 'download existing app' or the green “+” button, then enter the Yapp ID: Q2PRTF

Have you moved schools?

If you have a new address, school or role, please get in touch with Membership Services.

Board of Directors 2020-2021

Darren Danyluk (Rocky Mountain), President
David DeRosa (Kootenay-Columbia), Past-President
Tom Aerts (Victoria), Director
Susan Clough (Surrey), Director
Carmen Eberle (Langley), Director
Bev Forster (Bulkley Valley), Director
Heidi Grant (Nechako Lakes), Director
Sid Jawanda (Prince George), Director
Read Jorgensen (Victoria), Director
Brian Leonard (Coquitlam), Director
Jacqueline Taylor (Vernon), Director
Sally Zryd (Kamloops-Thompson), Director