Every fall, the BCPVPA hosts Leading the Way, an event that celebrates BC women and their leadership in education, featuring compelling keynote speakers and the unparalleled company of cherished colleagues. 

2021 - Leading the Way: Women in Leadership

The BCPVPA was grateful to welcome three exceptional women to our September 20, 2021 event that celebrated Resilient Women Thriving in Leadership: 

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, leadership, and personal wellness in the workplace. 

Carleen Thomas, Special Projects Manager for the Treaty Lands & Resource Department, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and recently-named  Chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

Paula Gosal, Principal of Chilliwack Middle School in School District 33, and doctoral candidate through Kansas University in Educational Leadership and Policy.

The discussions were wide-ranging, with emerging themes of sharing stories, building community and contributing as a leader, both giving and receiving, and knowing that it’s not the tough times that make you resilient – it’s the learning from the tough times.

Our next Women in Leadership event will be announced in 2022.


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