New BCPVPA Teammate

With Jennifer Harfield’s upcoming retirement from the BCPVPA, we are delighted to introduce you to Heather Lail, she will be joining us as the Accounts Receivable/Membership Accounting Clerk. 

Heather is very excited to be joining the BCPVPA team and has a passion for working with numbers. She attended BCIT to gain an educational background in accounting and now has over 20 years of professional experience. Having worked for various companies, she has created a diverse repertoire in the field of accounting. Her previous roles have included Chargeback Analyst, Accounts Payable, and SAP Trainer and has conducted Accounts Receivable procedures as part of her responsibilities. She has gained valuable knowledge and experience in these roles and hopes to transfer them to her new role. 

One of Heather’s biggest accomplishments was being nominated as an SAP Trainer in her prior role. As SAP Trainer, she instructed staff in North America on the use of a new accounting platform. She feels that it was a great opportunity to connect with internal staff and work together to solve problems, so the implementation of the new accounting platform went smoothly. 

In her free time Heather enjoys baking and doing yoga. She is constantly in pursuit of ways to improve herself and learn new things. She is excited to start her new role, collaborate with BCPVPA team, and is determined to assist BCPVPA members in any possible way she can. 

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

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


Principl(ed) Magazine

Read this week’s featured articles from the November 2021 issue of Principl(ed):

Lone Leaders
The Global Network of Professional Learning Leaders is a learning community of partnered organizations in Ontario and Australia. Remote and rural education leaders share common concerns and goals, and the GNPLL’s Lone Leaders series helps them to connect, share stories, and learn from specialists.

2021 Partnership Awards Spotlight

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: Sarah Bendall (Nominated by SD 23, Central Okanagan)

Sarah Bendall has been an exemplary PAC president at École Glenmore Elementary for four years. She has organized school wide activities, planned fundraisers to support the school community, and spearheaded initiatives to improve outdoor education and STEM activities.

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

Coffee Connections: Winter Registration

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

We look forward to seeing you at Coffee Connections, hosted by BCPVPA President Darren Danyluk and senior staff. Find the link to register for all winter sessions under Member News > Hot Notes in the Member Portal. Register for all sessions, and attend when you can!


  • Feb 15, 2022 07:30 am
  • Mar 1, 2022 07:30 am

Chapter Council

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

  • February 18, 2022 (Zoom)
  • May 13-14, 2022

Thriving in Education

We continue to work with the data that we obtained from the Thriving in Education survey. Read Part 1 of an overview in the November 2021 issue of Principl(ed), and watch for Part 2 in the March 2022 Principl(ed). 

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 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: We know that during busy times, you might miss BCPVPA news and information that comes to you by email. Issues of eNews and all Member Updates from August 2021 onward are archived just a click away in the Member Portal, anytime you need them!

Visit the Member Portal, and let us know what you think:


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