11:30 a.m. – Lobby Foyer

Registration Opens

1:00-2:20 P.M. – Elmbridge

Pre-conference Workshop 1 (fee applies)
How do School Districts Ensure that Students are Prepared for Transition to Post-Secondary Opportunities?

  • Ted Cadwallader, Provincial Director, Aboriginal Education
  • Jan Unwin, Superintendent of Graduation and Student Transitions, Ministries of Education and Advanced Ed

2:30-3:50 – Elmbridge

Pre-conference Workshop 2 (fee applies)
Policy and Practice to Support Student Mental Health and Well-Being Ensuring Successful Transitions

  • Introduction:
    • Mali Bain, Provincial Lead, WellAhead, McConnell Foundation
  • Moderators: 
    • Charlie Naylor, Senior Researcher (retd.), BC Teachers’ Federation
    • Tanya Miller, Provincial Coordinator, Healthy Minds – Healthy Campuses, Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Panelists:
    • Melia Fernandez, Operations & Administrative Manager, Student Services, Langara College
    • Michael Lee, Senior Instructor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia
    • Siobhan O’Kelly, Coordinator, Student Entry and Transition at British Columbia Institute of Technology
    • Lauren Oleksewich, Health and Wellness Coordinator with the BCIT Student Association
  • Representatives from SD 35 (Langley): Rosemary Wallace (trustee) and Megan Zazelenchuk (staff)
  • Representatives from SD 62 (Sooke):  Margot Swinburnson (trustee) and Cindy Andrews (staff) 

Student well-being is essential for student success in K-12 and post-secondary contexts. This session will explore examples of ways to move from crisis response and ‘programmatic’ interventions to a systemic approach to extending a supportive learning environment.

This session will feature education leaders from several school districts and postsecondary institutions across the province who will be sharing their insights and exploring learnings from over a decade of work. Join a thought-provoking panel for a follow-up discussion.

2:30-3:50 – Richmond A/B

Pre-conference Workshop 3 (fee applies)
Helpful Hints and Procedures for Chairing Effective Meetings

  • John Noonan, Professional Registered Parliamentarian

Process and people combine to make effective school board and committee meetings. In this hands-on seminar, attendees will walk through the process of organizing, leading and participating in these meetings.

By the end of this module, partakers will have a clear knowledge of meeting procedures and possess the confidence to be a full participant in all board and committee decisions.

4:00-5:00 – Elmbridge

Networking Session (invitation only)

  • Board Chairs and Vice-Chairs with BCSTA Board of Directors

7:00-7:20 – Britannia Ballroom A/B

AGM 2018 Official Opening Ceremonies

Call to Order

  • Mike Roberts, CEO, BCSTA

O Canada

  • Ysabelle Santa Ana, Student, Richmond School District

Welcome Ceremony

  • Shane Pointe, Member, Musqueam First Nation & Coast Salish First Nation

Welcome Address

  • Gordon Swan, President, BCSTA

7:20-8:20 – Britannia Ballroom A/B

Keynote Presentation
Working Together for Successful Student Transition

  • Dr. Santa Ono, President, University of British Columbia

Professor Santa Ono’s keynote will explore how traditional methods of teaching and learning are being transformed as we prepare our students to meet the challenges of a world very different from the one encountered by their parents and grandparents.

8:20-8:30 – Britannia Ballroom A/B

Greetings from the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA)

  • Floyd Martens, President, CSBA

8:30 – Britannia Ballroom A/B

Final Call for Nominations for Board of Directors

  • Teresa Rezansoff, Past President, BCSTA

9:00 – Britannia Ballroom C

President’s Reception and Networking

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018

7:15 a.m. – Lobby Foyer

Registration Re-opens


Branch Breakfast Meetings (breakfast provided for delegates)

  • Fraser Valley (Westminster 1)
  • Kootenay Boundary (Westminster 3)
  • Metropolitan Branch (Minoru B)
  • Northern Interior (Westminster 2)
  • North West (Minoru D)
  • South Coast (Cedarbridge)
  • Thompson Okanagan (Minoru C)
  • Vancouver Island (Minoru A)

8:50-9:10 – Britannia Ballroom

Day 2 Opening Remarks

  • Gordon Swan, President, BCSTA

9:10-10:10 – Britannia Ballroom

Plenary 1: Preparing Our Students for the Future of Our Workforce

  • Eric Termuende, Co-Founder, NoW Innovations

Eric Termuende is a thought-leader on optimizing workplace culture, the future of work and engagement in the workplace. He believes that if he can help make people’s lives better at work, he can make people’s lives better. On stage, Eric’s engaging presentations bring forward timely data and insight with compelling visuals to motivate audiences towards future success. He is dynamic, passionate, charismatic informative and very relevant to the current business environment.

Prior to NoW Innovations, Eric co-founded DRYVER Group; a consultancy focused on the attraction and retention of top talent. Here he co-developed a tool that quantifies workplace culture. Eric and his team helped pinpoint strengths and opportunities in an organization to optimize culture, improve attraction and mitigate poor retention numbers. Believing that collaboration is a key to success, Eric has helped develop a partnership network in Canada to emphasize the importance of teamwork and the delivery of great work.



10:30-11:30 – Britannia Ballroom

Plenary 2: Focusing on the Successful Transitions for Our Aboriginal Students

  • Mike Downie, Documentary Filmmaker/Co-Creator, Secret Path

When Mike Downie first heard the story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack—an Ojibway boy who died while running away from his residential school—it was like an arrow shot through his heart. Haunted, he shared the story with his brother, celebrated musician Gord Downie, and the two vowed to find a way to tell it to the world. The result was their multi-media project Secret Path, consisting of a music album and a graphic novel and film (with artist Jeff Lemire), that has captured the hearts and minds of Canadians.

Using Chanie’s story as a starting point, Mike helps audiences understand Canada’s troubling legacy of residential schools, to explore how to reconcile with the past and bring healing as individuals and as a nation.

A celebrated storyteller, Mike is a writer, director and producer of numerous documentaries, as well as a founder of Edgarland Films. He is the winner of a Canadian Screen Award for Best Science Documentary for his film, Invasion of the Brain Snatchers. He received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Direction, and a nomination for the Allan King Award for Documentary Excellence for his film, One Ocean. The documentary also won two prestigious Chris Awards at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. Mike is a co-founder of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, part of the movement to jumpstart reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.

11:30-12:00 P.M. – Britannia Ballroom

Celebrate Public Education – Traditional Dance Presentation Wil Bakwhl K’ubatk’ihlgum Nisga’a

  • Students, SD92 (Nisga’a): Laney Munroe (Ksim Lax Gibuu), Lennox Mercer (Lax Sgiik), Ethan Clayton (Lax Gibuu), Kithana Mercer (Gisk’aast), Navaeh Clayton (Ksim Ganada), Nishaya Mercer (Ksim Lax Sgiik), Brooke Munroe (Ksim Ganada), Lily Azak (Ksim Lax Gibuu), Katie Nyce (Ksim Lax Sgiik), Kyla Moore (Ksim Lax Sgiik), Cherish Nyce (Ksim Ganada), Owen Azak (Lax Gibuu), Liam Stevens (Lax Sgiik), Markus Wilson (Lax Sgiik), Trinitee Willie (Ksim Lax Gibuu), Erin Moore (Ksim Lax Sgiik), Brock Watts (Gisk’aast), Aiden Stewart (Lax Gibuu), Quinn Angus (Ksim Lax Sgiik) and Kary Lincoln (Ksim Ganada)

The Wil Bakwhl K’ubatk’ihlgum Nisga’a are from the Nass Valley in British Columbia, home of the mighty Lisims (Nass River) and the Nisga’a Nation. The Nation is comprised of four clans: Gisk’aast (Killerwhale), Ganada (Raven), Lax Sgiik (Eagle) and Lax Gibuu from the four Nisga’a communities of Gitlaxtaamiks, Gitwinksihlkw, Lax Galts’ap and Gingolx. Their valley is rich in an abundance of resources that begins with the celebration of the Nisga’a New Year – Hoobiyee – marked by the crescent moon in Buxwlas (mid-February). Students attend four elementary schools in the Nisga’a School District. This group represents the 260 elementary and 120 secondary students in the district.

The group is proud to represent their families, communities, schools, school district and the Nisga’a Nation as they honour their ancestors, history and heritage with the Nisga’a songs and dances they have practiced to share with the BC’s school trustees at the 2018 BCSTA Annual General Meeting.

12:00-12:40 – Britannia Ballroom

Lunch (provided for delegates)

12:40-1:40 – Britannia Ballroom

Long Term Service Recognition

1:40-1:50 – Britannia Ballroom

Greetings from the Opposition Critic for Education

  • Mike Bernier, MLA and prior Liberal Party Education Minister

2:00-3:00 – Concurrent sessions

1: Preparing for the 2018 Trustee Elections (Venue: Minoru A)

  • Audrey Ackah, Legal Counsel, BCSTA
  • Karen Loughran, Senior Legislative Analyst, Legislation, Policy & Governance, Ministry of Education
  • Louise Sawdon, Manager, Local Elections Campaign Financing, Elections BC

This presentation will help candidates prepare for the 2018 school trustee elections. The presenters will provide attendees with an overview of the new rules that will apply to the 2018 trustee elections, highlight key dates for candidates to be aware of and identify resources that are available to assist candidates with complying with the election rules. The presentation will place particular emphasis on the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

2: The World of Recruitment in BC: Strategies to Maximize Your Recruitment Efforts and the Sector Labour Market Partnership Program (Venue: Minoru B)

  • Judy Maranda, Director, Sustainable Workforce Project, BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA)
  • Janet Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, BCPSEA

As district’s recruitment needs grow and competition for candidates increases, leveraging your district’s unique culture and differentiating your organization from others is important. Janet Stewart, COO, BCPSEA, will share strategies used to ensure that attendees are equipped to showcase the best of their culture to maximize the candidate ‘fit’ with their district. Judy Maranda, Director, Sustainable Workforce Project, BCPSEA will share information on the Sector Labour Market Partnership program highlighting the goals of the project in supporting districts with recruitment challenges.

3: ReconciliACTION: Creating a New Way Forward (Venue: Westminster 2/3)

  • Jacquelyn Wong, Visual Arts Teacher, West Vancouver Secondary School

Site Unseen involves two school districts, West Vancouver School District and Hartley Bay of the Gitga’at Nation from the Prince Rupert School District — two districts that are not only distinctively different in their physical locations but also distinctively different in culture, socio-economics and educational frameworks.

This presentation will address the challenges and successes of the project and will give participants the chance to look at how the almost impossible became possible. The project was designed to engage, inspire and further the journey of reconciliation. It was intended to create meaningful discussions to deepen understandings of each other’s cultures. There was inquiry into “How can two coastal communities in the Pacific Northwest look at their histories, environments, beliefs and relationships to the land to help celebrate the past, present and future?” “Diversity and inclusion, youth, environment and national reconciliation” are integral educational concepts that naturally fit into the themes of this project. “It’s a chance to encourage students to contribute to their communities in a way that will foster a greater sense of belonging, support meaningful reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy now and for future generations.” This reconciliACTION project continues to encourage the young artist to move forward with their new understandings.

4: Student Mental Health and Well-being: Ways School Districts can Support Student and Staff Well-being through Policy and Practice (Venue: Minoru D)

  • Mali Bain, Provincial Lead, WellAhead (McConnell Foundation)
  • Coaches:
    • Deborah Koehn, Instructor, UNBC School of Education
    • Charlie Naylor, Senior Researcher (retd.), BC Teachers’ Federation
    • Gloria Raphael, former Principal for Aboriginal Education, SD36 (Surrey); former Principal, SD39 (Vancouver) and SD61 (Greater Victoria)
    • Byron Robbie, Superintendent (retd.), SD58 (Nicola-Similkameen)

In this session, participants will have an opportunity to access specific resources designed for school districts to support mental well-being work, and work with a mental well-being coach who can support further thinking and action. Topics for discussion will include mental well-being, data analysis and interpretation, human resource implications of mental wellbeing work and principles from which to draw.

5: Youth Leadership Project (YLP): A Reconciliation initiative (Venue: Minoru C)

  • Ben McConchie, Music Educator and Mentor, Pender Islands Elementary Secondary School
  • Willard Pelkey, Tsawout First Nation Elder & Residential School Survivor
  • Emily Raichura, Teacher, SD64 (Gulf Islands)
  • Romaine Underwood, Teacher, Tsawout First Nation Learning House
  • Students, Grades 6-8, Tsawout First Nation Learning House and Pender Islands Elementary Secondary School

“How can we begin the truth and reconciliation process, if we don’t know each other to begin with?” During the fall of 2017, the Tsawout First Nation and the community of Pender Island BC, with the guidance of the Gulf Islands School District, began a historic partnership known as the Youth Leadership Project/Reconciliation Initiative. Six students from Tsawout First Nation Learning House and six students from Pender Islands Elementary Secondary School met together one full day per week over the course of a few months to participate in leadership building skills that focused on understanding shared lands, distinct languages and cultures, who we are and where we are from, as well as enjoying their time together. This presentation will cover the lessons learned and emotional stories from this powerful experience, as well as a discussion of the important role school districts and communities have in creating positive connections with First Nations communities.

The presentation hopes to inspire other school districts in BC to consider their relationships with local First Nations and find ways that youth can help the healing process between communities throughout British Columbia. Residential school survivor and Tsawout Elder, Willard Pelkey; teachers, Emily Raichura and Romaine Underwood; with mentor and music educator, Ben McConchie; and students who took part in the project will give this presentation discussing their experiences and hopes going forward for the Youth Leadership/Reconciliation Initiative.

3:15-3:45 – Britannia Ballroom

Greetings from the Ministry of Education

  • Hon. Rob Fleming, Minister of Education

3:45-5:00 – Britannia Ballroom

BCSTA Board of Director Candidates’ Forum

5:00-7:00 – Minoru Ballroom


  • Hosted by: The Canadian Union of Public Employees BC (CUPE BC)


7:15 a.m. – Lobby Foyer

Registration Re-opens

7:30-8:15 – Minoru A/B/C

Breakfast (breakfast provided for delegates)

7:30-8:00 – Elmbridge

Provincial Council Breakfast (breakfast provided for PC representatives)

8:00-8:45 – Elmbridge

Provincial Council

9:00-12:00 p.m. – Britannia Ballroom

AGM Business Session

  • BCSTA Committee Introductions
  • Candidate Speeches
  • Credentials Committee Report
  • Legislative Committee Report
  • Election: 2018-19 Board of Directors
  • Debate: Substantive Motions
  • Debate: Extraordinary Motions
  • Inauguration of 2018-19 Board of Directors

12:00-1:15 – Minoru A/B/C

Lunch (provided for delegates)

  • Sponsored by: Harris & Company LLP

1:15-5:00 – Britannia Ballroom

AGM Business Session Continues 

  • Continued Debate: Substantive Motions
  • Debate: Late Motions (If any)


Adjournment or Recess to Sunday (Pending completion of motion debates)

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018

7:30 a.m.

Breakfast (breakfast not provided)

8:30 – Britannia Ballroom

AGM Business Session Continues (If motion debates are not completed on Saturday)

After Debates are Completed