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David DeRosa

September 28, 2018 Message to Members

We’ve Got Your Back

Principals and vice-principals can be the broad backs that carry a lot of weight: they advocate for the needs of their students and teams, represent the needs of their schools and often even support the needs of their communities. We see it on the ground in our schools, and it’s backed by widespread research: in order to be supported and successful, our students must be at the centre of all we do. Ensuring this in our ever-changing environment can be a delicate balancing act as we respond to our Boards of Education with school plans and goals, ensure that Parent Advisory Councils have the data that they need, and listen to the ideas and concerns of all of our different stakeholders. As we prioritize the streams of basics, necessities and requests that flow through our days, we place our own needs somewhere to the side, where we can “get to them” later. And we all know that later is, well, much later.

As a Principal, advocacy and representation were embedded in my daily life. As I adjust to my new role as BCPVPA President, there’s a comfort in knowing that these are also the core pillars of the Association, and that this team is here to support your success with the same energy and enthusiasm that you bring to supporting students, teams and partners every day. One of my markers of success in this role will be sharing the stories of our members: sometimes those are success stories, and sometimes they are the narratives of challenge on the path to success. I’d like to share a few sweet tweet-moments that resonated with me this week: Delta VP Sarah Garr’s favourite moment with a student; Director Steve Dalla Lana’s thank you; and the BCPVPA’s Elizabeth Bell’s tribute to shared learning.

These are some of the gifts that we gain from the work we do, and there are many moments in the day that tell us we are on the right path. As you travel through your days, with all of the baggage that you accumulate, I wanted to let you know that we’ve got your back. Let us know what you need.

Take Care,


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David DeRosa

September 21, 2018 Message to Members


Traveling used to mean a complete disconnect from regular routines, and moving cities would often cue a closure of bonds to that previous life. Technology has changed the way that we think about distance and has proven that we are never really that far apart. My move to Vancouver has doubled my distance from my youngest daughter, but FaceTime and messaging has allowed us to connect meaningfully about each day’s events: with all my kids, the question “how was your day” now elicits chat, videos and photos rather than a simple “fine”.

I had the pleasure of attending the British Columbia Distributed Learning Administrators Association (BCDLAA) conference this week and, like most of the participants, I travelled a distance to get there. While there is a certain irony to this fact, it was clear that the opportunity to gather together in the same place brought strength to current relationships and helped to foster new collaborations.

These professionals are providing the much-needed access to quality education that is often limited by time and space. Students living in remote areas of BC can use distributed learning technologies to access learning opportunities and curriculum. During the meeting, a research expert in distributed learning trends across the globe used Zoom to share the progress of his research from Sonoma, California.

Distance encourages us to share our many stories about community work, staff engagement and student success. Distance draws us to strengthen our connections and be mindful of the quality of our interactions. And distance leads us to eagerly anticipate that first face-to-face contact with a remote colleague or the smile of a good friend at the end of a journey.

I really look forward to travelling across BC, listening to the stories of our members and sharing them with all of you along the way.

Take care,


David DeRosa

September 14, 2018 Message to Members


This week was marked by remembrance for many of us. The 17th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy prompted conversations of “where were you when…?” and a fresh realization of how life can change without warning. It was my first week as a new VP in a middle school, and my youngest child had just turned one that summer. My memories of that morning and my arrival at school are shadowed by the realization that it was the first time that I would be the adult others turned to in a time of crisis and fear. Although we managed to get through the day and the ones that followed, I realized that having a plan for the unthinkable is an important part of our role.

On another sad note, the return to the ice of the Humboldt Broncos following April’s devastating bus crash prompted thoughts of my own youthful travel with teams across the northern territories as a youngster and BC during my days with the Trail Smokies. The sheer physical challenge Canadians face in connecting with teammates, colleagues and communities across vast distances is our reality. We want our own kids and students to have a chance to build memories — often their first experience of independence — by traveling with their friends and teammates and building their confidence. Many of our parents may need our support as they reflect on the tragedy with their children in mind. Think about the conversations that can help them to navigate the life-changing stories that have been related this week and underscore the resilience of the individuals and families affected.

It’s opportune that many of my recent interactions and meetings have centred on mental health and the need for mental health literacy and systemic supports across the province. We share a desire for action with our colleagues in the sector – this week I was in three meetings where Glen Hansman of the BCTF and Claire Guy of the BCSSA were also in attendance, and that sense of community will help us to advance projects related to mental health.

As leaders it’s important to remember to purposefully provide avenues of support but to also create the space for students and staff to share their feelings. And, don’t forget to take care of your own emotional support: the trigger of memory affects us all.

Enjoy your weekend, and opportunities to unplug and engage in the many activities that our wonderful province offers.

Take Care, David

David DeRosa

September 7, 2018 Message to Members

Back to School

I am hopeful that this message finds you still excited and energized after the first week back to school. My experience has been that social media can present new challenges and opportunities to those of us in educational leadership roles, but this week it truly shines a positive light on the excitement of back to school! My Twitter feed is full of images and messages sharing the smiling faces of staffs, students, parents and our colleagues as they work together to ensure #backtoschoolBC or #back2schoolBC is a super positive experience for new and returning students and their families. The shiny gym floors, well-groomed grounds and brightly-coloured backpacks all play a part in the sense of optimism that prevails this week.

Although the majority of us are focused on our schools and back to school tasks, my thoughts are also with our colleagues that are engaged in the challenges related to the forest fires in our province, especially for the evacuated areas such as Vanderhoof and the potential for evacuations and challenges to transportation that continue in the Kamloops-Okanagan, Cariboo, Southeast-Kootenays and the Prince George Fire Centres among others. I have a family connection to these challenging circumstances: my son is currently on the front lines fighting the fires and is being re-positioned from the Quesnel area to Kimberley with his crew. Despite the enjoyment related to some September sunshine, we are all hoping for some sustained rain.

As we return to familiar routines and responsibilities requiring our time, I encourage you to be strategic with your time and your own personal health and well-being. The experts and gurus of health and wellness consistently remind us that we must take care of ourselves if we are to have the sustained energy to support our students, staffs and our own families. I have found that ‘tweaking the wheel’ is a more efficient practice than ‘re-inventing the wheel’. I encourage you to reach out or network with colleagues who are happy to share expertise and experience and when you have time, please share your own techniques!

Speaking of tweaking, we are well into the process of re-structuring our suite of communication tools and look forward to your feedback as we start to roll out the new look. I know in the context of your daily roles ‘busy’ typically does not quite suffice as the description for your days, but I am hopeful that you will be able to periodically let us know how we are doing through brief surveys — did I say ‘brief’? I meant really really brief!

In closing, please take some time for you and family and friends this weekend. I know that the successes of this week happened because you were in your schools well in advance, preparing for success rather than hoping for it. Remember: you are the BCPVPA and…

Take Care, David

BCPVPA By-Election Nominations

We will hold a by-election October 23-25 for a vacancy on the Board of Directors: nominations will be accepted September 17 – October 15. Members can complete the Nomination and submit to sandra@bcpvpa.bc.ca


BCPVPA on CBC Daybreak North

September 10, 2018: BCPVPA President David DeRosa spoke with Carolina de Ryk of CBC’s Daybreak North with the principals’ perspective on fees and the teacher shortage – listen at 1:44:00 here: bit.ly/BCPVPACBCNorth

BCPVPA on CBC The Early Edition

September 10, 2018: BCPVPA President David DeRosa spoke with Stephen Quinn of The Early Edition with the principals’ perspective on fees and the teacher shortage – listen here: http://bit.ly/BCPVPACBC

BCPVPA Issues Forum

BCPVPA Issues Forum
Friday February 22, 2019 

Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond

The BCPVPA presents an annual forum with a focus on topical themes in education leadership

Registration opens December 2019

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