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June 2020 Articles

President’s Perspective 

BCPVPA President David DeRosa reflects on his journey with BCPVPA as his two-year term comes to a close with thoughts on leading during a pandemic, the importance of connection, and balancing work and life 

A Day in the Life of a Secondary Vice-Principal

Beth Applewhite shares the shape of her day as a secondary Vice-Principal, along with her thoughts on leadership, learning, diversity and being part of a collaborative team 

The Budget Committee: More than Just Numbers

BCPVPA Director of Finance, Carol Powell, boils down what the Budget Committee does and the integral role they play in our budget and operating plan 

Connecting Leaders During Crisis

Professional Learning and Development Directors, Elizabeth Bell and Jessica Antosz, share their thoughts on the importance of connection, especially during a crisis, and announce the virtual Connecting Leaders Conference for 2020. 

FIPPA and the Role of the Principal

Ellen Roberts, Director of Member Support Services at BCPVPA, boils down what BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) is, and what it implies for Principals 

Up to Speed

President-Elect, Darren Danyluk, shares his journey as a school leader, and his goals for his upcoming term at the BCPVPA beginning July 1st, 2020 

 The Gift of Teaching and Learning from the Land

Prince George Vice-Principal, Katie Marren, shares how a new program uses land-based education as a way of incorporating restitution and restorative practice and reducing barriers to learning and engagement 

When Students Have a Voice

Principal Aaron Akune and five students from North Delta Secondary share and reflect on what they think ‘student success’ embodies and how they can achieve it 

Strong Leadership Builds Libraries

SD63 Vice-Principal David Mark and Darcy McNee, Saanich District Teacher Leader, share how teacher leaders were able to reinvent the school library as a learning commons through collaborative work, flexibility and reciprocal relationships

Creating Connection Through Exploring and Our Sense of Place

SD61 Vice-Principal, Sarah Elford, shares about an international partnership between SD61 and Thanda Community School in South Africa 

Take 3 with Jack MacNeill

Jack MacNeill from humanworks provides 3 public-health-friendly suggestions to transition from ‘work mode’ to ‘summer mode’ 

It Still Takes a Village

Dr. Hagar Goldberg on secure relationships during a time of physical distancing, the changes our children have experienced, and what brain science reveals about stress response 

Brain Strain: Mental Health 101 Part 1

Rochelle Morandini, Member Health and Wellbeing at BCPVPA, walks us through what burnout might look like in the workplace, its impacts on daily life and steps to prevent burnout 


SD44 Principal Lisa Upton shares about a North Vancouver community program, 44Dresses, that provides NVSD students with outfits for their Grade 7 Farewell event 

2020 BCPVPA Partnership Awards

We recognize and introduce the five recipients of the 2020 BCPVPA Partnership Awards, who have all had an incredible impact on their local SD communities 

Book Reviews

Principals Wendy Lu (SD43) and Ian Landy (SD47) reflect on books that have provided some key learnings for their leadership roles, and Don Boyd, BCPVPA Director of Member Support Services, reflects on an essential read on the core aspects of a successful retirement 

Last Word: Executive Director Kevin Reimer

BCPVPA Executive Director, Kevin Reimer, reflects on how the pandemic affects the larger public education system, and the increasing need for continuity of learning for students


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