The Port Moody Legion is where the cenotaph was located throughout my childhood and youth. Year after year, November 11th was spent gathering in remembrance at this site. Even when we no longer lived nearby, my grandparents’ connections to this veteran support community preserved this tradition. My grandmother always called this day in the calendar Armistice Day, citing that on this day in 1918, warring hostilities were ended to create the space for a negotiated end to war which would come formally more than six months later.
When I made my home in Northern BC as a young teacher, the annual observance evolved in meaning for me. This day took on a different gravity, no less meaningful but charged with greater responsibility. As a young educator whose own personal connections to veterans and those who have served our country were few and modest, I understood the difficulty some of our youth faced when looking for meaning on this day. I felt it my duty to help students find relevance on November 11th. They found inspiration in the vision of a world free from the suffering and the loss of war; “Never Again” captured their young idealism.
My understanding of this important day continued to evolve, finding challenge in a year working outside Canada’s borders. I spent a year teaching and living in the UK, having exchanged with a fellow teacher of the Commonwealth. Because I had been either a student or a teacher every year since I was five years old, and I had lived entirely in BC or Alberta, it struck me as disrespectful to be taking attendance as if it were a regular Thursday; my two minutes would be observed during the morning break, while I supervised students in the hallway. My silence was personal and unnoticed by children in uniforms enjoying the momentary freedom from their classrooms. I now understood that the form of observance for this day which I had been taught – and which I had been teaching – was not universal.
My understanding of November 11th would undergo change once again when I fell in love with a woman from Newfoundland. To create a future beyond her small village and the fish plant, my wife joined the Canadian Armed Forces. She would spend several years in service before pursuing a post-secondary education. Although she never served in conflict, my wife has carried with her a deep and personal respect for those serving our country in uniform, past and present. Her perspective and influence shaped my own outlook on this day, taking it beyond professional duty and respect for my elders, and bringing it closer to my heart.
As our family grew and children arrived, this day continued to grow, too. There is much to appreciate when raising children in a small town, one element being the close sense of community. Dignitaries of local government and Indigenous Nations – as well as representatives of virtually every association, organization, service club, and community group – are part of the parade on November 11th. In a small town, it may take some time for all representatives to lay a wreath at the cenotaph. The monument is encircled by veterans, those in active service, members of local law enforcement, emergency services, and youth groups. For several years, my own children stood in uniform to honour those who gave. Along with respect, honour, and remembrance, I’ve always felt thankful on this day. However, the sense of gratitude spreads far more deeply when taking in the sight of children – my own children – living with the blessings secured by the sacrifice of others.
The sacrifice my children honour on this day is much evolved from my own youth, more truthful and inclusive. Since they were very young, my children have listened to the names of Secwepemc and Ktunaxa men and women recited aloud in honour of the sacrifice they made for future generations. I have faith for our children’s understanding of this day, and that they will continue to seek truths and reconcile these with honour and remembrance in a modern ceremony.
I have faith that our future children will lay wreaths with reverence for the 500 Indigenous lives lost in the conflicts of the 20th century, and that they will honour and remember the 12,000 Indigenous men and women who served in these wars. Our children will also know that Indigenous families were not authorized to lay wreaths in Ottawa until the 20th century was nearing its end. On Indigenous Veterans’ Day, our children will acknowledge that Indigenous people made valuable contributions and were decorated for courage and bravery, and that 27,000 Indigenous people continue to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. And in a silence that is national, if not universal, our children will remember all people who served and sacrificed, “Lest We Forget.”
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working both in the office and remotely, and continue to monitor and align with
the Province’s health and safety guidelines. We are here to support our
members: please do not hesitate to contact us, or check our App for updates.
Darren Danyluk 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 book travel to your community for a visit. To discuss a booking, please contact Sharon North.
Our BCPVPA Retirement Seminars address questions around retirement-readiness, the specifics of the Teachers’ Pension Plan and any other questions that you may have. Each seminar will have a 40-person limit. The next virtual (Zoom) seminars will be:
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On Episode 15 of the Principl(ed) Podcast, Vice-Principals Tu Loan Trieu (SD 40) and Stefan Stipp (SD 36) discuss their approaches to instructional leadership with our host, Chris Horton.
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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.
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We are delighted to announce the return of IDEAS (formerly Issues Forum):
Friday February 11, 20229:00am – 3:30pmRiver Rock Casino Resort, Richmond BC
A ‘team’ needs all of its members: our feature keynote will be Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team goalie Sami Jo Small, who relates her own story of facing adversity and becoming a powerful force of positivity for her team. Additional speakers and sessions will be announced soon, and registration will open in January. Save the date!
Join the Global Network of Professional Learning Leaders for Lone Leaders, a series of three webinars designed to offer ideas, support, and inspiration. Participants will hear from experts on leadership in remote schools, and will have the opportunity to connect with colleagues from Australia and Canada. All webinars hosted on Zoom.
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Friday February 25, 2022 - CanadaSaturday February 26, 2022 - Australia
Thursday April 28, 2022 - CanadaFriday April 29, 2022 - Australia
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Leading a Culture of Learning supports leading learning through focused dialogue that is grounded in a clear vision – all to enhance a culture of learning in your school. Participants will work with colleagues to develop curious questions that inspire learning for all. More information on upcoming sessions will be available soon.
In this week’s blog, Charles Ungerleider asks “do we value children as much as we value our pets?”
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Since February 2021, eNews has shared book titles, articles, videos and podcasts to encourage continuing the work of anti-racism and equity, and to help deepen our understanding of Canada’s diverse communities.
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Article: The TyeeWest Van School Club Centres Neurodivergent Black and Indigenous YouthWritten by Katie Hyslop
Rockridge Secondary in SD 45, has started a club that puts diversity and inclusion at the front and centre. Read about how this club started and how it is impacted students' lives.
ReFresh is a BCPVPA health resource with simple exercises and information to explore in your breaks at work. ReFresh appears as a Member Update every Wednesday. All ReFresh posts are archived here.
Read the latest ReFresh: Exploring Emotions on Remembrance Day
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pertinent articles, blog post, or podcast on BetterEducate and in the new Member
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The Ministry provides over 13,000 scholarships each year to graduating students. In this webinar, participants will learn about the different awards and how they work, from eligibility criteria and key dates to how to avoid errors that can cause students to miss out; participants can also take part in a question-and-answer session. This is a must-see webinar for scholarship administrators, career educators, school counsellors, staff entering data into student information systems, and others supporting student transitions to post-secondary study.
The webinar will include an introduction by Rob Hicks. Rob Hicks is the Ministry of Education’s Director of Student Transitions, overseeing the Provincial Scholarship Program in addition to dual credit policy and post-secondary partner relations. Followed by a presentation by Shona Perron, Program and Policy Lead, and Lescia Raagner, Provincial Scholarships Administrator.
RegisterNovember 24, 2021 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Desjardins is back this year with its tech donation program in collaboration with the EdCan Network for K-12 public schools across Canada in response to the immediate student needs created by the ongoing pandemic.
Desjardins is donating again this year a total of $100,000 ($5,000 to 20 schools across Canada) for students in need of computers and other tech-based tools.
The deadline to submit your online application form is November 19, 2021 at 8 pm ET
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Topics: Student Inquiry, Passions, Interests & Questions
The inquiry teacher is regularly inquiring into his or her students as learners and asking, ‘What are they revealing to me?’, ‘How might I respond?’ and ‘What next?’ (The Power of Inquiry p. 135).
Last year NOIIE were able to bring Kath Murdoch to you via Zoom for an introductory session on creating inquiry-oriented classrooms. This year, NOIIE are pleased to be offering a three part series, in which she will be introducing us to many of the ideas included in her forthcoming book due to come out before the end of 2021. The focus of this new book is on personal inquiry: how to work with children’s personal passions, interests and questions. While Kath’s focus is primarily on K-8, her ideas cross all grades and ages.
In this 3 part professional learning series, Kath Murdoch will work with participants to explore ways in which NOIIE can offer young learners the opportunity to inquire into the questions, interests, issues and passions that are important to them. In conjunction with shared inquiry journey, opportunities to explore personal passions are highly engaging and allow learners to build their capacity as independent, thoughtful, reflective contributors to their communities. Over the three sessions, Kath will share strategies and structures for supporting and guiding personal inquiries, various contexts in which personal inquiry can be developed and the role of the educator in the process, Drawing on her extensive experience working with teachers and children around the world, Kath will share many practical examples. Importantly, participants will be invited to reflect on the way they can include opportunities for personal inquiry in their own lives.
Learning Burst sessions are designed as a chance to have a quick burst of new learning provided by two NOIIE schools – complete with book prizes. These events are offered free of charge and open to anyone interested in learning more about the impact of inquiry on the ground in BC schools.
NOIIE are welcoming Barb Hamblett (Principal, Valleyview Secondary School, SD 73) and Holly Zurak (Principal, Ecole Nesika Elementary School, SD 27) to our Learning Burst stage on November 18th, from 4:00-4:30pm PST. Hope to see you there!
COVID-19 Update: Last week's COVID-19 update included an updated mask exemption resource and clarity on proof of vaccination requirements for community sport. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Compassionate Systems Leadership:The Ministry is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) to facilitate a sustainable Provincial Compassionate Systems Leadership Network, including coordinating and expanding CSL activities for the K-12 education system.
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A series from Take Me Outside, and our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners! Are you having
trouble keeping track of all of the great things going on? Well, to help you
keep track, here's a handy 'top 10' list for the season ahead:
Outdoor learning offers a host of social, mental, and academic outcomes for your students that they can benefit from year-round. Outdoor Educator Dave Quinn will share some ideas, tips, and tools to extend successful outdoor learning into the winter months.
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!
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If you haven’t yet signed up for BetterEducate, visit the site and sign up for your free membershipwith the promo code BCPVPA123. View Sign-Up Instructions
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
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
Visit Make a Future for an up-to-date job board with all of the latest opportunities in the BC Education sector. Career opportunities will also be available in the Member Portal.
NEWDirection Générale Adjointe (Associate Superintendent)SD 93 Conseil Scolaire FrancophoneFind out moreClosing December 10, 2021
Elementary PrincipalSD 85 (Vancouver Island North)Find out moreClosing November 15, 2021
Stelly's Secondary School Principal (Grades 9-12)SD 63 (Saanich)Find out moreClosing November 15, 2021
District Principal of Indigenous EducationSD 28 (Quesnel)Find out moreOpen until filled
Elementary School PrincipalKispiox Community School (Gitksan/Wet’suwet’en)Find out moreOpen until filled
School PrincipalKitsumkalum ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School (Terrace)Find out moreOpen until filled