Sharing Good News Strengthens Relationships | Dalai Lama Centre

Despite the challenge and chaos of living through an ongoing pandemic, there are moments of goodness in our lives. Sharing good news with our partners, friends, close colleagues, and children is one way to strengthen these vital relationships.

According to research by Dr. Shelley Gable, the key to turning these small moments of goodness into relationship-strengthening gems lies in how we talk about them: frequently, actively, constructively, and responsively. Doing so is directly linked with greater commitment, satisfaction, intimacy, and trust in close relationships. Active Constructive Responding is a powerful practice for amplifying the benefits of positive events in our lives. At its core, Active Constructive Responding is about seeking out positive events and sharing them with others. 

Heart-Mind Online Resources explores the art of Active Constructive Responding and offers two activities for practicing this skill: for adults, a "Share Your Highlights Reel", and for children, "Be Good News Detectives". Learn more

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF)

Youth Ambassador Program

This program offers youth the opportunity to gain practical work experience, network, strengthen 21st-century skills, and gain leadership experience while learning about DWF and Canada’s true history with residential schools. 

Indigenous History Month 2021 

For more information, visit DWF Youth Ambassador Program. You can read more about the DWF's Legacy Schools Program in the June issue of Principl(ed) magazine.

In honour of Indigenous History Month, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is pleased to present a series of four events in celebration of the diversity of Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Throughout the month of June, we will be featuring Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, artists, and allies from communities coast to coast. Join us on Facebook and Youtube as we come together in hope, unity, and celebration.

Register for Events Here

Call for Survey Participants | University of Victoria


Stories from the River: Exploring British Columbia's Principals’ Experiences of Developing their Identities, Capacities, and Agency in Leading Educational Transformation


The objective of this study is to hermeneutically explore and address current gaps in the literature regarding Principals' perspectives on and lived experiences of developing their identities, capacities, and sense of agency while leading increasingly diverse schools through complex transformations and events. The study is seeking 10 volunteer Principals from diverse backgrounds, who are willing to share a few stories of leading their schools through change at three points in time: 

  • a time or event currently, under the conditions of leading schools through a pandemic;  
  • a time or event in the recent past where you were leading changes in your school; and 
  • a time or event from when you first began your career as a Principal or Vice-Principal. 

View Confidentiality Form

More Information 

If you have any concerns about this voluntary and recruitment survey, or the study itself, please contact Leah Taylor, Doctoral Candidate in Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria.

COVID-19 Planning Resource: Graduation

Graduation ceremonies qualify as ‘educational activities’ and are therefore allowed to continue in alignment with the PHO Gathering and Events Order and the K-12 Health & Safety Guidelines. The Government of BC has issued this guiding resource.

Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE) Goes Online

Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE) is now available in an electronic format. EASE Online is a collection of free resources and lesson plans for educators to help teach strategies to address anxiety with students in grades K-7. The online version includes six sections with a series of interactive activities including the creation of an action plan to use EASE strategies with students. 

The activities are intended to help educators create supportive learning environments for all students. Developed by the Ministry of Children and Family Development in partnership with Anxiety Canada, EASE supports the goals of B.C.’s mental health strategy, A Pathway to Hope, and has been used in B.C. schools since 2019.

Solution Tree Achieve Virtual Institute

Discount Price for BCPVPA Members 

Solution Tree Canada is pleased to offer BCPVPA members a preferred price for the upcoming Achieve Virtual Institute this summer.

Achieve Virtual Institute: Promising Practices in Instruction, Assessment and Grading

  • August 16-18, 2021
  • Delivered live online through Zoom and Elevate platforms
  • Featuring authors from the Solution Tree Assessment Centre including Canadian educators Tom Schimmer and Katie White
  • All sessions are delivered live and interactive with recordings available for 60 days after the Institute
  • The agenda and session descriptions are available to review here
  • Each attendee will receive a copy of Growing Tomorrow’s Citizens in Today’sooms

Register Here

BCPVPA members registering online can apply Discount Code Leader21 at check-out. If paying by purchase order, please quote “BCPVPA Discount Code Leader21”

*The BCPVPA discount code provides $100 off each registration and cannot be combined with other discounts i.e. team pricing


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 BCPVPA123.  View 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 - 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:

Exclusive Savings

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

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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