Meet the New Teammates in the BCPVPA Office

The BCPVPA is delighted to welcome two new people to our team! After an extensive search we are pleased to announce we have filled both the Member Support Services Assistant and Professional Learning & Development Assistant roles. Let us introduce you to our new teammates:

Shahin Khan
Member Support Services Assistant


Shahin Khan has a professional background in Legal Administration with over 10 years of experience in the legal sector and has worked for various law firms throughout her career. She joins the BCPVPA after working for ICBC in their Legal Services Department and then as a Customer Service Adjuster.

Shahin is a strong advocate for women’s development, she helped establish a non-profit organization called Voices of Muslim Women (VMW). During her time with the organization, she has held various roles including Membership Coordinator, Operations Manager, and Events Manager. 

After working for a decade within the corporate sector, Shahin is eager for this new chapter and is hoping to make a positive impact for our members and the communities we serve.

Nicholas Faulkner
Professional Learning & Development Assistant


Nick Faulkner comes from a family of educators and is excited to contribute to the BCPVPA and be supporting the professional development of education leaders across the province. 

Nick has a background in sales and customer service; he developed a passion for support and service while working as a research intern at the Retirement Concepts Innovation Centre, helping develop healthcare solutions for assisted living residents. 

When Nick moved to B.C. from Ontario, he planned to stay for 8 months – his love of camping and the outdoors contributed to him recently celebrating 10 years calling British Columbia home.

Saying Farewell to Amorie

With Nick joining the PLD team, Amorie will be moving on from the BCPVPA for a new opportunity. She will continue with the BCPVPA until the end of January to help support Peter, Andrea, and Nick through the transition.

We will miss her hard work and positivity, but we wish her all the best in her future opportunities and we thank her for all the excellent work she has contributed to the Association as the Professional Learning and Development Assistant. 

Principl(ed) Magazine

Sending the fall issue of Principl(ed) Magazine to our members was no small feat. We came up against paper shortages, biodegradable mailing bag shortages, and severe flooding, but our members and friends should now have their copy. We hope you enjoy this issue which includes articles from your colleagues, BCPVPA staff, and other educators and experts. 

Read this week’s featured articles:

A Single Step
Everyone is on a journey towards diversity, equity, and inclusion. BCPVPA president Darren Danyluk reminds us that the first step on that journey may be the hardest, but it is also the most important. 

A Day in the Life of a Secondary School Principal
The November 2021 issue of Principl(ed) Magazine features Principal of North Delta Secondary School SD 37, Aaron Akune. 

In this article, Aaron shares how he became interested in teaching, and his professional path to becoming a Principal. We learn about his approach to connecting with students and their families. and how he makes himself as accessible as possible to the school community.

2021 Partnership Awards Spotlight

BCPVPA member Tina Pierik presents the award to Cam Aitken
BCPVPA member Tina Pierik presents the award to Cam Aitken

Here is an example of the impact community partners can make in a school and/or district. Each week we will be shining a spotlight on a past recipient of the BCPVPA Partnership Award. 

This week: Cam Aitken (Nominated by SD 61, Victoria)

Cam Aitken is a long-time supporter of Esquimalt youth in SD 61 through running breakfast programs, coordinating food hampers, and building relationships with youth. Working for Youth for Christ Victoria, he helps provide practical support and opportunities for safe, fun youth activities for the 1,300 youth in Esquimalt.

2022 Partnership Awards: Nominations are now Open!

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 erin@bcpvpa.bc.ca.

Call For Facilitators

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 Explorations for Aspiring School Leaders program
Current 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 

Apply here


BCPVPA’s Foundations for New School Leaders program
Current 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 

The Principl(ed) Podcast

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. 

BCPVPA Retirement Seminars

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:

  • January 15, 9 am - Noon
  • February 15, 4pm - 7pm
  • March 5, 9am - Noon
  • April 2, 9 am - Noon

Register here! Please register early as sessions have limited attendance.

BCPVPA Member Portal

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: sandra@bcpvpa.bc.ca

Chapter Council

Chapter Council members can mark their calendars for these meeting dates: 

  • February 11-12, 2022
  • May 13-14, 2022

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