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“… and you may contribute a verse.”

My phone buzzed in my pocket just as I was taking a sip of my double double. I was waiting for the hotel shuttle on a sunny, warm Saturday morning in May in Vancouver.I pulled out my phone and read the excited text: “I’m staring at an empty chair. Where are you!” The message came from our Chapter Rep Jenn, who was sitting at our table for Chapter Council; I obviously was not. But let me back up.

I don’t remember exactly when I decided to be a Vice-Principal. How did this evolution even come about, when my earliest experience with a Vice-Principal was rather traumatic? Mr. D. was both my Vice-Principal and my PE teacher in grade one. Apparently, one day after gym class, I was behaving irresponsibly around the water fountain. This behaviour earned me a little kick in the pants – literally – followed by a handshake to help stave off the tears. This was 1970, after all. Later, John Hughes’ film depictions of Vice-Principals offered caricatures, not inspirations.

When I think about it, my becoming a Vice-Principal was more an opportunity than an aspiration. After several years of teaching, I spent a year in an exchange with a teacher from the UK. Late in the Fall of the year when I returned to my school, the Vice-Principal position was posted. A few voices on staff, the Principal among them, encouraged me to apply – you know: the ‘shoulder tap’. During my year abroad, I had become accustomed to wearing a tie every day, so I figured that enhanced my qualifications. I had also spent five years as the high school counsellor, building timetables and working through many situations of conflict – more valuable experience, strengthening my candidacy. I had sponsored and led many clubs, teams, and groups. I had followers among staff and students, another qualification of leadership. And besides, I had just turned 30! It was probably time for this transition. Although I’d never aspired to formal school leadership, I submitted my application, flattered by the support, naïve to the reality of the job, and confident that the job would not change me.

The short list was short… actually, the long list was pretty short, too. Nonetheless, it was a competition, and I ‘won’. And it felt like a win. I was very proud of this accomplishment, and I didn’t take personally the friendly jibes about my move to the dark side. Yet, I wasn’t too long in the role before I discovered the truth of just how I had changed… or at least how the perception and expectations of me had changed. Two events, in particular, come to mind when I think about this transformation.

As I have mentioned, I was one of the counsellors at the school. In addition to the coaching and the clubs, this role established a rapport with students that was founded in trust and confidence. I truly believed I would carry this relationship with our students into my new office. It was on the first occasion, when I had to investigate an incident of theft, that I would discover otherwise.

Bear in mind this incident took place well before the days of security cameras in every corner.  In short, someone had managed to enter a storage closet and help themselves to the pop supply (pre-vending-machine-ban)! Like a detective, I gathered my evidence which included potential witnesses. As a counsellor, I had gained experience in piecing events together, and I was pretty good at it. One of the witnesses was ‘Tim’; I had a great working relationship with Tim. He was a super kid with a great wit who always made me laugh. We weren’t laughing when I interviewed him, though. He took the whole process very seriously, and cooperated completely. When he assured me that he was telling me everything he knew, I believed him. It was Tim! Of course he would be forthcoming and honest with me. I’ll never forget how hurt his betrayal made me feel.

Through my investigations into ‘Crushgate’, I discovered that Tim had been less than truthful. I was compelled to follow up with him to share my disappointment. He was sheepish and apologetic, but he justified his lie with one line. When I asked him why he would lie to me when we had a history of trust, he said “Because you’re the Vice-Principal.” He said this as if it were an unwritten law, and it began to sink in for me.

The realization of how my role changed was cemented in the days to follow. One typical morning, as I travelled through the halls, I stepped into a classroom to say good morning to the teacher and the class. This was something I had done hundreds, if not thousands, of times as a teacher and counsellor. However, on this morning when I stepped into the room, a discernible shift passed through the class like a wave. I could swear the students suddenly sat up straighter, and did their voices really just drop to a hush? I was struck by this reception. I was still a teacher, and I still spent a lot of time in counselling students, but on a certain level, I wasn’t those things anymore: I was now a Vice-Principal. It would be many years before I learned the vocabulary to recognize positional authority.

In time, I learned to negotiate the change in my role within the whole of my school community.  My relationships with our staff and our wider community would morph to a certain degree as well. In so many ways, my relationships with students, families, staff members, and communities grew to be more rich, more consequential, and more distributed than those I had forged as a teacher and counsellor.

Although I may have stepped into this role naïve and unschooled about the demands of leadership – and the challenges have been many, some painful – I can say with honesty that I look back without regrets. The rewards of school leadership have been profound. However, a little more preparation, insight, and learning about school leadership in BC would have been great at the start.

Well, the landscape has changed on that point and maybe, too, has the hiring pool! The BCPVPA will launch an introduction to school leadership this weekend, and it is clear that among the educators in BC, there are many who aspire to leadership positions in our schools.  This Saturday, more than 100 of them will gather virtually for the first session of Essentials for Aspiring School Leaders. I have the honour of opening the session with a welcome and some wise words about leadership for this next generation of leaders. I’m excited to meet and assure them that John Hughes got it all wrong, and that this job is way more fun than being an architect!

The BCPVPA Office is Remote
The BCPVPA staff is currently working remotely in order to respect the updated provincial health protocols. We are here to support our members. Please do not hesitate to contact us, or check our App for updates. 

This Week's Highlight

This Week's Highlight

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2021 BCPVPA Board of Directors 
President-Elect Election – Ballot 1 Results

The first ballot for the President-Elect election concluded May 13, and no candidate achieved the required threshold of 50% of votes cast plus one vote. Brian Leonard and Read Jorgensen will move to the second ballot which will run from Tuesday May 18 – Thursday May 20, 5:00 pm. Jacqueline Borosa will now join the ballot for the Directors election. Members will receive a new unique email with your second ballot on May 18, and the President-Elect will be announced following this ballot in the May 21 eNews. The updated Candidate package will be available on our website today at

President-Elect – second ballot open May 18 - 20

Read Jorgensen, SD61 (Victoria)

Brian Leonard, SD43 (Coquitlam)

Candidates for Director – polls open May 25 – May 27

Jacqueline Borosa, SD92 (Nisga’a)

Rob Clark, SD75 (Mission)

David DeRosa, SD20 (Kootenay-Columbia)

Beverly Forester, SD54 (Bulkley Valley)

Grant Frend, SD42 (Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows)

Sanj Johal, SD44 (North Vancouver)

Paul Marsden, SD36 (Surrey)

Bill Rounis, SD47 (Powell River)

Tara Zielinski, SD45 (West Vancouver)

Sally Zryd, SD73 (Kamloops-Thompson)

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
Next Session: May 27
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. Our 30-minute Zoom chats occur on a bi-weekly basis.


2021 Connecting Leaders Conference| Registration Open

View CL 2021 Event Overview

The 2021 Connecting Leaders Conference: Leading for Equity, hosted by the BCPVPA’s Metro Region Chapters, will be happening October 21 – 22, 2021. Leading us in conversation will be Keynote Speakers: Nouman Ashraf, Anna Maria Tremonti, and Candy Palmater

Essentials for New School Leaders (ENSL) 

Registration is now closed but we have an active waiting list: please email Amorie to be placed on the waitlist. 

ENSL is 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. ENSL was created to substitute for BCPVPA’s traditional Short Course I. This virtual experience for new Vice-Principals and Principals will be held on four mornings the week of July 5, 2021.  

BCPVPA Thriving in Education Survey 

Deadline extended – the Survey will be open until end of day Friday, May 21. All members received their unique link to the BCPVPA Thriving in Education Survey on Thursday April 29 – check your inbox! 

This Survey will take less than 20 minutes to complete, and will help us to better understand and share what our members are experiencing, and the working conditions that impact leader health in the sector. Your responses give us the data to better advocate for change where it is needed, and to better determine the supports we can build for our members.

If you did not receive an email with your survey link, please first check your spam folder, and if you do not have the email, please contact Verita HR Services at, or call or text 604-809-8570. To learn more about the Thriving in Education Survey, please visit

BCPVPA Members participating in the Thriving in Education Survey will be entered to win one of three copies of Calm Within the Storm, by Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe.

The Principl(ed) Podcast

In Episode 11 of the Principl(ed) Podcast, host Chris Horton connects with Brad Baker, SD 44 District Principal of Indigenous Education, to discuss his passion for shared responsibility, making sure everyone’s voice is heard, modelling vulnerability, and honouring and including Indigenous knowledge and perspectives in schools.

Listen on  iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more! Access the podcast here.

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. 

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. If you are interested in having Darren attend a virtual Chapter meeting, please contact Sharon North. 



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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

Each week, we will be sharing books, articles, videos and podcasts to encourage continuing the work of anti-racism and equity, and to deepen our understanding of the history of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and marginalized communities in Canada. Have a recommendation to share? Please let us know!

Voices into Action 

Fighting Antisemitism Together (FAST)
This free online educational program meets requirements of Canadian secondary school curricula. Explore social justice issues - both past and current. Become empowered to speak out and take action against hatred and all forms of discrimination.

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. All ReFresh posts are archived here.

Read the latest ReFresh here
Are You Thriving or Surviving? 

OpED: Charles Ungerleider
Like many, Charles Ungerleider has been thinking about the impact of COVID-19 on the 
students most vulnerable to its negative impact. In this week’s blog he addresses one of 
the most vulnerable groups of students.

Read the latest blogpost here

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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Foundry Virtual BC | App for Youth and Caregivers 

Young people aged 12-24 and their caregivers can now access provincial virtual services through the Foundry BC app. This app or the web portal, can be used to drop-in or schedule a virtual counselling appointment, find peer support, join a group or browse our library of tools and resources. If internet access is a barrier, support is available by phone at 1-833-FØUNDRY (1-833-308-6379).  Learn More & Download

Johnson Insurance Scholarship Program 

Applications for the 2021 Johnson Scholarship Program are open! Our partner, Johnson Insurance, is proud to offer 50 scholarship opportunities, valued at $1000 each, to eligible applicants. Deadline: July 15, 2021

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, visit 
Programme debourses d’études 2021:


With the ongoing need for continuity of learning in our system, the BCPVPA has opened up free access to BetterEducate for all BC K-12 educators. Develop a BetterEducate Profile | Collaborate with Colleagues | Browse and Share Resources | Develop your Plans – All on one platform! 

Join the Platform!

If you haven’t yet signed up for BetterEducate, visit the site and sign up for your free membership
with the promo code BCPVPA123View Sign-Up Instructions

Early Intervention Program 

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a province wide 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 

Johnson hopes that you are staying safe and healthy! As we all adapt to the changes necessary due to COVID-19, home insurance should be the last thing you have to worry about. Johnson can make your home insurance easier with great benefits, and caring service. Find out more about exclusive savings.

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

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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Visit Make a Future for an up-to-date job board with the latest opportunities in the BC Education sector!

SD 40 (New Westminster)
Find out more
Due May 31 by 4pm

SD 23 (Central Okanagan) 
Principal Vacancy (eSchool23 – Online Learning School)
Find out more
Due June 4 by 4pm 

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 


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