Survey Concerning Youth Substance Use Prevention in Schools

The Ministry of Health has engaged a third party to survey education stakeholders across the province to better understand youth substance use prevention in schools. 

This 10-minute survey is the beginning of a comprehensive two-year project that aims to increase awareness and uptake of best practices to help prevent, delay, and reduce harms from youth substance use. 

Please complete this 10-minute survey about practices, attitudes, and barriers you face in addressing youth substance use. The survey is anonymous and voluntary, and is in no way an evaluation of professional performance. 

It’s essential that they hear from you and your colleagues. Please share this survey with all BC Principals, Vice-Principals, teachers and other professionals in your schools.

The survey closes Sunday, June 27, 2021.

BC VP Rides for Mental Health

Vice-Principal Thomas Skelton (SD5, Southeast Kootenay) is nearing the starting point of his charity ride for Mental Health July 2 – 9, 2021. Thomas will ride from Fernie BC to Nelson BC, and then on to Kelowna doing 12 stages of 16 km rides in 48 hours! He is doing this in collaboration with the KIJHL hockey league and MindRight – a BC-based mental health charity that provides support and programming for students and athletes. Thomas is challenging every Principal and Vice-Principal in BC to show their support for mental health by pledging $2. Click here to donate.

Imagine the difference you can make with your support as you help Thomas reach MindRight’s goal of $10,000 for mental health programming!

2021 Census


The collection phase of Census 2021 is underway: the data collected from the Census of Population is used by non-profits, governments, and businesses  to make decisions about the future of community social services and infrastructure.

If you or your colleagues have any questions about the Census, visit this link.

For classroom conversations, check out Resources for Educators.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)


Strong Stories Indigenous Learning Book Bundle for Students

This set of Strong Stories in partnership with Strong Nations is a bundle of 48 books for elementary students - written, illustrated and published by Indigenous people from across Canada. These resource books offer a wealth of knowledge from a variety of perspectives to help elementary school students better understand the richness of Indigenous cultures in Canada while supporting a deeper connection with the land. Learn more & order

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.

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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