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 she has conducted Accounts Receivable procedures as part of her responsibilities. She has gained valuable knowledge and experience in these roles and hopes to transfer that knowledge 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. Heather started her new role this week with the BCPVPA team, and is determined to assist BCPVPA members in every way possible. 

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 BC, 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: Story Studio Writing Society (Nominated by SD 61, Victoria)

Story Studio Writing Society empowers youth to be storytellers by providing them with the tools to tell stories with creativity and authenticity. Each year, they deliver workshops to help students write over 150 youth-authored books. 

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

The Principl(ed) Podcast

We can’t wait: Episode 17 will be dropping on March 1 – who will be Chris’ feature guest?

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: If you would like to connect with members of the Board of Directors, you can find their contact information in the Member Portal. Once you log in, click on the ‘Contact’ tile and easily browse the Board of Directors contacts and reach out to them with any questions you may have.

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

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). 

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

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:

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

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


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