BCPVPA Representative Application to the BCTC


The Minister of Education is seeking to appoint one BCPVPA member to the BC Teacher's Council for their first meeting in October 2021. Per the BC Teacher's Council Regulation, the BCPVPA may nominate up to three of its members for consideration and the Minister of Education will make the final decision regarding the BCPVPA member appointed to the BCTC.

Under the Teachers Act, the BC Teachers' Council (BCTC) is responsible for:

  1. Setting standards for applicants and educators in BC, including education, competence and professional conduct requirements
  2. Setting standards for post-secondary teacher education programs
  3. Reviewing and approving post-secondary teacher education programs

BCPVPA Member Application

The application deadline is 5:00pm Friday July 2, 2021.

BCPVPA Response to Times Colonist Editorial


On Friday May 28, 2021, the Times Colonist newspaper in Victoria issued an editorial – “Principals’ push to unionize deserves detention”. As the Times Colonist elected not to print the BCPVPA's letter or OpEd in response to the editorial, we released the OpEd response on our website and through our social media platforms on Thursday June 10.

Leading the Way: Women in Leadership


Save the date: the next Leading the Way virtual event will be on Monday September 20 at 7:00 pm. 

The theme will be Resilient Women Thriving in Leadership and we are delighted to announce that our feature interview will be with Robyne Hanley-Dafoe. Principal Paula Gosal from Chilliwack Middle School (SD33) will join us as a guest speaker, and additional event guests will be announced when registration begins in August.

BCPVPA Thriving in Education Survey - Winners of Calm Within the Storm


Congratulations to the winners, selected at random from all members who responded to the survey:

Heather Goodall (SD84, Vancouver Island West)

Shawn O'Brien (SD43, Coquitlam)

Patrick Thomas (SD35, Langley)

Click here to see the demographic and regional breakdown of those that completed the survey, and read the teaser summary.

We will be sharing a full report on the results in the early Fall with commentary on what recommendations we believe - going forward - will maintain those members who are currently doing well and what can be put in place to enable more members to thrive.

Fond Farewells


Our Communications Assistant Paige Jung has been with BCPVPA since March 2020, and she has had a tremendous impact on the success of our transition to the MemberTech communications platform and many other aspects of our work. Paige leaves us for a summer role as an illustrator for a children's book before returning to school in the Fall to pursue her love of branding and communications. We wish Paige all the best for a bright future!

If you have read the June 2021 issue of Principl(ed) magazine, you know that both Jessica Antosz, Director of Professional Learning and Development, and Don Boyd, Director of Member Support Services, are retiring from the BCPVPA at the end of July. They have each dedicated their careers to educational leadership, innovation and success for their students and teams. We will miss Jessica and Don greatly, and look forward to hearing about their future travel and leisure adventures.  Read the Principl(ed) article.

BCPVPA President: Fall 2021 Chapter Visits & Meetings


Darren Danyluk, BCPVPA President, would be delighted to connect with your Chapter through a virtual meeting or town hall this Fall and, should health protocols allow, Darren may be able to begin traveling to communities for visits. If you are interested in having Darren attend a virtual Chapter meeting in September or October, please contact Sharon North.

Thank you for being part of Jean Up!

This May, BCPVPA joined the month-long Jean Up movement in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation to make jeans a symbol of something way bigger—helping kids get out of their hospital gowns and back into their jeans.

A heartfelt thank you to BCPVPA members for joining us in taking a stand against childhood diseases. Because of your support, this year’s Jean Up raised an incredible $308,000 (and counting). Your support will allow experts at BC Children’s Hospital to advance innovative research, tailor care to the specialized needs of kids, and comfort families during their toughest days. Not only that, every dollar you raised will make double the impact thanks to Odlum Brown, Jean Up’s school match sponsor. 

We also want to thank the members who participated in the Jean Up contest sponsored by Mavi. Please join us in congratulating Kelda Logan (SD 64) and Rob Clark (SD 75), our Mavi gift card winners — we can’t wait to see your new denim outfits for next year’s Jean Up. Thank you to Jean Up’s denim partner Mavi for the great support. Don’t forget to mark your 2022 school calendar to join the Jean Up movement next year!

Principl(ed) Magazine Survey

We appreciate our readers, and want to hear how we can improve upon our magazine. Thanks for completing this short survey! Survey Link

The Principl(ed) Podcast

In Episode 12, host Chris Horton sits down with Jessica Antosz, BCPVPA Director, Professional Learning & Development. As Jessica approaches retirement this year, they look back on the pivotal moments in her journey, and the growth opportunities, highlights and successes from her many years of school leadership and supporting leaders across BC.  

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 Student Scholarships | 2021 Applications Open

The BCPVPA annually awards up to 20 scholarships, in the amount of $1000 each, to students who are graduating from the BC public school system and will proceed to a post-secondary institution. These scholarships recognize students who have demonstrated academic achievements and school or community leadership. More Info

View 2021 Application Form

Applications due Sept 17th, 2021  

2021 BCPVPA Partnership Awards Recipients

The BCPVPA is thrilled to announce the six recipients of this year’s Partnership Awards. The following individuals and groups are being recognized for their valuable and long-term contribution and support of Principals, Vice-Principals, teachers and students. We thank all the Chapters who put forth a nomination this year! 

Read the media release

View 2021 Partnership Award recipients 

Congratulations to: 

  • Cam Aitken (Nominated by SD 61, Victoria)
  • Legacy Church of the Nazarene (Nominated by SD 36, Surrey)
  • Nanaimo Foodshare (Nominated by SD 68, Nanaimo-Ladysmith)
  • Sarah Bendall (Nominated by SD 23, Central Okanagan)
  • Story Studio Writing Society (Nominated by SD 61, Victoria)
  • Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees (Nominated by SD 63, Saanich)

2021 BCPVPA Board of Directors Final Results

The new Directors of the Board were elected by members in the May 25 – 27 vote. The five successful Directors of the Board for two year terms 2021-2023 are:

  • Jacqueline Borosa, SD92 (Nisga’a)
  • David DeRosa, SD20 (Kootenay-Columbia)
  • Sanj Johal, SD44 (North Vancouver)
  • Read Jorgensen, SD61 (Victoria)
  • Sally Zryd, SD73 (Kamloops-Thompson)

As Brian Leonard will take on the role of President-Elect beginning July 1, 2021, and there is one year remaining in Brian’s term as Director, the sixth place Director candidate will complete this one-year Director term, 2021-2022:

  • Paul Marsden, SD36 (Surrey)

These six Directors will join Brian Leonard, SD43 (Coquitlam) – President-Elect and the following 2020-2022 Directors on the Board, beginning July 1:

  • Darren Danyluk, SD6 (Rocky Mountain) – President
  • Tom Aerts, SD61 (Victoria)
  • Heidi Grant, SD91 (Nechako Lakes)
  • Sid Jawanda, SD27 (Prince George)
  • Jacqueline Taylor, SD22 (Vernon)

Our very sincere thanks go out to Rob Clark, SD75 (Mission), Beverly Forster, SD54 (Bulkley Valley), Grant Frend, SD42 (Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows), Bill Rounis, SD47 (Powell River) and Tara Zielinski, SD45 (West Vancouver) for their candidacy in this election. 

Revised: Indigenous Cultural Competency Scale

The Indigenous Cultural Competency Scale is a self-assessment tool designed to explore individual cultural competence. The purpose is to help an individual to consider their knowledge, skills, and awareness of ‘self’ in their interactions with others.

Indigenous Cultural Competency Scale

Learning Activity Guide

Learning Activity Example

Update Regarding LRB Hearing: SEKPVPA

The BC Principals' & Vice-Principals' Association has issued a statement regarding the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) decision on the application for certification by the Southeast Kootenay Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association (SEKPVPA). Read the statement.


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