One day in the hallway, just outside the theatre doors, I was waiting on a class to arrive for our assembly. On a table in the hallway with me I had set my old iPod from which I was going to play a song. It was a chunky 4th generation model, with a click-wheel. In its day, it was the bomb with 20 gig of memory to hold thousands of songs and a colour screen, too! The grade nines arrived, and one of the boys stopped to chat with me for a moment. He noticed the iPod and picked it up, turning it as he raised it for inspection. By the expression on his face, you would have thought he was examining some fossilized relic, some primitive technology that should be under glass in a museum. He exclaimed, “What is this?!” I recovered my antique and made no excuses for clinging to the past. For even though I had a much newer iPhone in my pocket, with which I could access 50 million songs, I took comfort in the boxy little music player from the turn of the century. It firmly holds a place among my collected treasures.
As I type this, the music playing in the background I first captured on this chunky iPod. Although legally questionable, Napster enabled me to download a December soundtrack from my childhood, and the sounds of the Vince Guaraldi Trio set a wistful mood in these diminishing days of winter.
Over the years, I have accumulated many treasures which give me comfort although their ‘best before’ date expired long ago. These items saw daylight for the first time in years during our down-sizing purge of 2021. In the process of taking stock and shedding, I carefully considered the fate of all the pieces in my collection. I was ready to let some things go; but others, I was not.
An older musical treasure surfaced as I dug through the boxes labelled with my name. It was my Panasonic transistor radio that I could wear on my wrist. It is bright yellow, and I used to ride my bike around the neighbourhood with the radio looped on the handlebars. It came with me to the river in the summer so I could listen to CKLG and waste time catching crayfish. I bought it from my cousin for five dollars, even though my mom thought it was a waste of money. My cousin isn’t with us anymore, but I still remember our negotiations and hanging out with her and listening to News of the World.
Digging deeper into the layers of things, I found a small, wooden lock box: a gift from my mom. I kept my polished rocks and a miniature crate of ‘snowballs’ from Lake Tahoe hidden safely inside. The box is made of cedar wood, and its smell filled my senses every time I opened it to stash away another note from my crush, passed during class. In later years, the cedar box was home to my first bank account booklet and my first SIN card. My budding identity lay alongside candy, secrets, and turquoise stones, safely soaking in that beautiful scent.
Nearer to the bottom of my treasure trove, I found my Corgi Batmobile that shot a plastic flame from the exhaust pipe and my Lady Penelope pink Rolls Royce, with a rocket launcher behind the grill. I put many miles on each of these, racing them back and forth on the kitchen linoleum and running them into mom’s feet as she stood making dinner. These were gifts from my dad who probably liked watching Batman and The Thunderbirds more than I did!
Looking a little worse for wear because I didn’t find him new was my Mickey Mouse Skediddler. When I was much too old for toys, I found Mickey at a Christmas ‘garage sale’ held in the gym of Mary Hill Junior Secondary School one December. I remember rummaging through the collection of items for sale and finding Mickey in his yellow shirt and blue pants. I had so wanted one when I was a little boy, and my teen-self felt a rush of discovery and fortune. Although it was an inflated price, I was happy to spend the $3 it cost me to satisfy that little piece of childhood.
While not officially part of the treasure chest, I also scrutinized the shelves of VHS movies in the downsizing. Committed to a clean sweep, I packed them all into boxes which would come with me to Vancouver, from where they would land in the donation centres of local thrift stores. But not before one more stroll through the titles. Because I took another look, and despite having no device on which to play them, I rescued a few VHS Christmas movies, purchased as a twenty-something bachelor. I remember ordering the set of ‘classic’ children’s movies, which included the perennial Dr. Suess favourite, a snowman, and a stop-action animated Bumble. The sweet and suspensive anticipation of my childhood Decembers captured in a boxset that I would one day share with my own children. And I did.
These surviving items – actually, just thoughts of them – transport me in space and time. They each connect me to people and moments in my life, some ordinary or mundane, some sentimental and poignant. The collected items serve only as vehicles to the real gifts we treasure: the memories and emotions. When taking stock at the end of 2021, a year which has given us many moments of heartache and struggle to recall, what precious collectibles lay among those moments for you to gather up and keep safe?
In this season of gratitude and giving, I am thankful for the gift of serving BC’s Principals and Vice-Principals these last twelve months. For the coming year, I wish you peace and security. And as I wrap eNews for 2021, I gift you a little more Vince to dance you out on a Friday afternoon!
Soon enough, the daylight will begin to lengthen once more. Keep well and safe this holiday.
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.
BCPVPA staff are
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.
From your friends at the BCPVPA, happy holidays! A friendly reminder that the BCPVPA office will be closed from December 20 to January 3. We are looking forward to connecting with you when we are back on January 4, 2022.
We all hope you take time to re-energize, spend time with family and friends, and do the things that bring you joy. Wishing you a restful and warm winter break. See you in the new year!
This holiday season the BCPVPA staff are making a donation to the Covenant House Backpack Program. This program provides youth experiencing homelessness a backpack full of brand-new gifts, including clothes, warm mittens, and journals. Our office organized in teams to put together multiple backpacks and bags filled with cozy socks, writing materials, toiletries, and winter clothing!
If you are interested or able to give this holiday season, there are many ways you can help Covenant House Vancouver.
We overcame the paper shortage, but we did not count on a shortage of biodegradable mailing bags from our mailing house, or the extensive flooding that has affected all of Canada Post’s provincial distribution of mail and parcels. We understand that our Metro Vancouver members have likely received their November Principl(ed) magazine issues the week of December 13, and that the mailing will continue to every corner of the province. Our apologies for the delay: we can’t wait for you to read this issue!
Who has gone the extra mile to support your school community? BCPVPA Chapters are invited to nominate individuals, organizations, and businesses who contribute their time, expertise, and passion to make a difference in the lives of BC students. Community partners bring special opportunities and services to schools – now is the time to celebrate all that they do.
This year, it is even easier to nominate a community partner. You can fill in the online form or follow the instructions on our Member Portal to email your nomination. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you looking for a unique learning and leading opportunity? Look no further!
Two BCPVPA leadership programs in spring and early summer 2022 offer the opportunity to share your experience and hone your facilitations skills.
BCPVPA’s program for aspiring school leadersCurrent Vice-Principals (only) are invited to apply to facilitate small groups of teachers who are interested in exploring the nature of the Vice-Principal/Principal role in schools.
This program takes place over 4 Saturday mornings March to May 2022.
The time commitment for Facilitators includes:Pre-Program Facilitators Training session – Date to be determined 4 Saturdays – March 5th, April 2nd, April 23rd, and May 7th, 8:30 am to 12:00 noon DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION FEBRUARY 28, 2022
BCPVPA’s program for new school leadersCurrent Vice-Principals and Principals are invited to apply to facilitate small groups of new and nearly new Vice-Principals and Principals in the early stages of their school-based leadership careers.
This program takes place over 5 sessions in the first week of July 2022
Time commitment for Facilitators includes: Pre-Program Facilitators Training session – Date to be determined 5 Days – July 4, July 5, July 6, July 7, and July 8 8:30 am to 2:30 pm DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION APRIL 1, 2022
Episode 16 is now available! Featuring two live recorded conversations with BC Vice-Principals. In part one, Maghen Girard and Nancy Roberts talk about VP fall responsibilities, and in part two, Raelyn Larmet and Chris Martin follow this discussion by speaking about January to end of year.
about the high-level responsibilities of Vice-Principals at the Elementary and
Secondary level, and how portfolios fit into the day-to-day public school life
of a BC VP.
Listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more! Link to your favourite platform 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.
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:
Register here! Please register early as sessions have limited attendance.
Do you know someone looking for a new role with scope? We are seeking one new teammate who is eager to learn and grow alongside a friendly, committed, and engaged group of colleagues in our Vancouver office. Find out more:
Professional Learning & Development Assistant
Visit the BCPVPA Member Portal
To set up your password, follow the simple instructions sent in the August 31 Member Update, and log in anytime via the Sign In option on our website. You can easily update your account details under the 'My Profile' tile if you change roles, schools, or personal contacts.
What will you find in the Member Portal? Check out the overview, and we’ll bring you highlights each week in eNews as we continue to add content to the site.
Member Portal Highlight: BCPVPA Documents under the Resources tile is your one-stop-shop for materials that include our Codes & Constitutions, Strategic Plan, Annual Reports and Leadership Guides, along with documents related to our negotiation representation initiative.
Visit the Member Portal, and let us know what you think: email@example.com
For an overview of some of the findings of the survey, look for Rochelle Morandini’s article in the November issue of Principl(ed) magazine. You can also find her presentation slides used for the November Chapter Council in our November 24, 2021 Member Update.
Chapter Council members can mark their calendars for these meeting dates:
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Why are we interested in Principals’ work and their use of time? What can research about Principals’ time use from around the globe possibly tell us about school leaders’ practices? And how can these findings be used to inform school leaders’ practices?
Please join us for a lively discussion where Dr. Katina Pollock from The University of Western Ontario will present research from the recently published, How School Principals Use Their Time: Implications for School Improvement, Administration and Leadership, edited by Drs. Moosung Lee, Katina Pollock, and Pierre Tulowitzk.
RegisterWednesday January 5, 2022 | 3:30 pm
Dr. Katina Pollock is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the field of Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies at the Faculty of Education, Western University.
The overall goal of Dr. Pollock’s research agenda is to support and improve public education systems; to this effect, her research focuses on supporting school leaders. Specifically, she concentrates on school leaders’ work intensification and well-being, policy development and implementation, and knowledge mobilization.
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!
BCPVPA’s 2021 Connecting Leaders Conference: Leading for Equity marked the beginning of our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion focus for professional learning. We are pleased to announce that we are further extending these learning opportunities in the new: 2021-2022 BCPVPA Leading for Equity Series.
In this series we will be hearing from Nouman Ashraf, Carolyn Roberts, Beth Applewhite, and Bryan Gidinski. For more information and registration details please see the link below.
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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.
Save the dates:
Friday February 25, 2022 - CanadaSaturday February 26, 2022 - Australia
Thursday April 28, 2022 - CanadaFriday April 29, 2022 - Australia
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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.
We would love to hear if you have found this column helpful, or if there are other ways that you would like to see BCPVPA share resources. Contact Erin Hughes.
Radio: Unreserved Hjalmer, Timmy, Tantoo and Rassi: Breaking barriers and healing nations through arthosted by Rosanna Deerchild
In this episode of Unreserved, Rosanna Deerchild brings two interviews to listeners. The first interview, she speaks to brothers Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso about their advocation for Indigenous language education and their recent art project. In February 2021, Hjalmer and Timmy created and produced a Nuu-chah-nulth healing song and video as a gift to all nations. During the pandemic the loss of physical connection to community members have impacted First Nations communities across the nation and world; they hope that this video will help Indigenous communities heal. The video includes closed captioning and a transcript, so anyone can learn the Nuu-chah-nulth words they are singing. The brothers are happy for anyone to share their video and use it in teaching as long as their intention behind the video is remembered and recognized.
In the second interview of the episode, Rosanna speaks to Tantoo Cardinal, one of the most recognizable Indigenous actresses of our time. Tantoo talks about what it was like working in the film industry as an Indigenous women at the start of her career versus her experiences now. In the beginning, she had to fight to have her time on camera and learn the craft of filmmaking – now, Indigenous filmmaking is growing she is able to be part of films that are made by communities of Indigenous creatives, like the movies Falls Around Her and The Grizzlies.
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: Let it Go!
Every 2 weeks, your PLD Directors will upload
pertinent articles, blog post, or podcast on BetterEducate and in the new Member
Portal and in the BCPVPA Member Portal under Resources/ Readers’ Corner for your quick learning opportunity.
Read the latest article, and find Discussion Tips and Prompt Questions: How these 3 teachers bring anti-racist education to their elementary school classes
February 23, 2022
Join us in raising awareness and funds for anti-bullying initiatives in BC! Last year CKNY Kids' Fund Pink Shirt Day raised close to $230,000 - funding crisis support, bullying prevention, education programs, and fostering community and healthy self-expression for BC's youth. This year’s t-shirt design speaks to our diversity and the need for acceptance and inclusion so we can “Lift Each Other Up”. For information on how schools can get involved, learn more about Pink Shirt Day, and to see this year’s design, visit Pink Shirt Day.
The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education were created to recognize the enormous contributions of B.C.'s exceptional teachers, administrators and support staff that are vital to the cultural, economic and social well-being of the province.
Do you know: a teacher, administrator, principal, vice-principal or support worker who has made a positive impact on students and your school community? Education professionals deserve acknowledgement for their dedication to helping students succeed.
NOMINATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 7, 2022
The BCPVPA is pleased to announce that we will again be partnering with the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation for the Jean Up! campaign in May 2022. The 2021 campaign raised more than $308,000 to fund innovative research, and tailor care to the specialized needs of kids in BC. Our friends at BCCHF have told us that a large part of the success of the campaign can be attributed to the support of our members! As we look ahead to 2022, if there are any materials or assets that would help you to fundraise in your schools, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can communicate those wishes to BCCHF.
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!
Learn more here
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
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.
NEWSecondary PrincipalSD 82 (Coast Mountains)Find out moreClosing January 7, 2022
NEWSuperintendent of SchoolsSD 91 (Nechako Lakes)Find out moreClosing January 19, 2022
Middle Vice-Principal PoolSD 62 (Sooke)Find out moreClosing January 4, 2022
Elementary Vice-Principal PoolSD 62 (Sooke)Find out moreClosing January 4, 2022
Elementary Principal PoolSD 62 (Sooke)Find out moreClosing January 4, 2022
Principalship Opportunities for the 2022-2023 School YearSD 61 (Greater Victoria)Find out moreClosing January 4, 2022
Vice-Principalship Opportunities for the 2022-2023 School YearSD 61 (Greater Victoria)Find out moreClosing January 4, 2022
Vice-Principalship OpportunitiesSD 40 (New Westminster)Find out moreClosing January 10, 2022
Principalship OpportunitiesSD 40 (New Westminster)Find out moreClosing January 10, 2022
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