Thanks to the 2020-2021 BCPVPA Board of Directors

 NEW!  Thank You to the 2020-2021 BCPVPA Board of Directors

Darren Danyluk, SD6 (Rocky Mountain) – President

David DeRosa, SD20 (Kootenay-Columbia) – Past-President

Tom Aerts, SD61 (Victoria)

Susan Clough, SD36 (Surrey)

Carmen Eberle, SD35 (Langley)

Bev Forster, SD54 (Bulkley Valley)

Heidi Grant, SD91 (Nechako Lakes)

Sid Jawanda, SD27 (Prince George)

Read Jorgensen, SD61 (Victoria)

Brian Leonard, SD43 (Coquitlam)

Jacqueline Taylor, SD22 (Vernon)

Sally Zryd, SD73 (Kamloops-Thompson)

Welcome to the 2021-2022 BCPVPA Board of Directors, beginning July 1

Darren Danyluk, SD6 (Rocky Mountain) – President

Brian Leonard, SD43 (Coquitlam) – President-Elect

Tom Aerts, SD61 (Victoria)

Jacqueline Borosa, SD92 (Nisga’a)

David DeRosa, SD20 (Kootenay-Columbia)

Heidi Grant, SD91 (Nechako Lakes)

Sid Jawanda, SD27 (Prince George)

Sanj Johal, SD44 (North Vancouver)

Read Jorgensen, SD61 (Victoria)

Paul Marsden, SD36 (Surrey)

Jacqueline Taylor, SD22 (Vernon)

Sally Zryd, SD73 (Kamloops-Thompson)

Seeking Storytellers

We would like to invite BCPVPA leaders who are women of colour to contribute their voices to a proposed upcoming article in Principl(ed) magazine. This collaborative article would weave together the stories and perspectives of several women to talk about their leadership paths, the challenges, the rewards and where they find inspiration. 

If you are interested, please contact Sandra Murphy.

Ministry of Education Releases Fall K-12 Return to School Plan

The BCPVPA has produced an abbreviated guide which provides a summary of the BC Ministry of Education K-12 Education Recovery Plan, and the BC Centre for Disease Control/ BC Ministry of Health Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools: Outlook for the 2021-22 School Year, issued June 17, 2021. The original documents are linked below:

BC News Release June 17 2021

K-12 Education Recovery Plan June 17 2021

BCCDC_BCMH_Schools Outlook June 17 2021

BCPVPA Mentorship Program

The BCPVPA Mentorship Program recognizes the unique experiences and challenges encountered by new school-based Principals and Vice-Principals in British Columbia. The program aims to cultivate a network of support and collaborative partnerships by engaging current and retired Principals as mentors, and matching mentors with newly appointed colleagues in districts different to their own. Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 school year:

Mentor application

Mentee application

"It was a fantastic program. I was paired with a person who is similar and willing to learn alongside me. I made a great friend and colleague that I know I can count on to talk to, learn from and bounce ideas around with. Thank you very much for this." - Mentor

"As a single site admin, and going through COVID challenges, it has been invaluable to be able to speak openly and honestly with my mentor; they ask great questions, and also provide another perspective." - Mentee

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 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.

Principl(ed) Magazine - June 2021

Our members and friends are now receiving the Summer issue of Principl(ed) magazine!

Check out your copy to read Darren's perspective on the sacred traditions of June, find out more about the VSB's Indigenous Education Allies and Leads program, learn about inclusive school communities, and so much more. Read the full issue and articles online.

If you have an idea for an upcoming article or feature, please contact sandra@bcpvpa.bc.ca 

We have also posted a Survey for your feedback.


Update Regarding Certification Application: SEKPVPA

The Southeast Kootenay Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association (SEKPVPA) has launched an appeal to the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) regarding the Board's May 21 decision.

The BC Principals' & Vice-Principals' Association issued a statement regarding the May 21 LRB decision on May 27, 2021. 

Read the statement

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.

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 Farewell

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.

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)
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