November 15, 2019 Message to Members

Advocacy, Representation and Leadership Development

This short and busy week has a very circular feeling for me, with curving patterns that are nested neatly right where they should be. I feel that I’m seeing a perfect exemplification of our Association’s mission statement through three events that mark this week.

 Serving members by supporting effective leadership in education through representation, advocacy and leadership development.

We’ll be immersed in representation at the Board of Director’ Meeting, Presidents’ Meeting and Chapter Council Meeting/ AGM this week. These events are opportunities for members to be represented by their peers, and for the regional voice to be carried to a provincial level. At these events, we witness the efficacy of meeting face-to-face, the continuation of conversations and the power of table talk where we hear about the individual experiences that inform our work.

Serving members by supporting effective leadership in education through representation, advocacy and leadership development.

We’ll embrace advocacy when we travel to the BC Legislature on Monday November 18 and hold our first BCPVPA Lobby Day with several groups of BC MLAs. We have an exceptional opportunity to introduce the work and challenges of our members to this provincial government cohort that has influence on the work that our members do in the public education system, and we’re looking forward to answering questions and having many meaningful conversations.

Serving members by supporting effective leadership in education through representation, advocacy and leadership development.

We’re showcasing leadership development as part of this week’s launch of our new BCPVPA magazine, Principl(ed). You’ll soon be receiving this publication that strives to tell the stories of our members. We see it as just the beginning of a journey that will reveal the work of our members, both within our membership and far beyond. Principl(ed) magazine is the first phase in a new awareness campaign that will start to roll out soon. Don’t be surprised if you see a colleague’s face smiling at you from your Twitter feed or from your local community newspaper.

There’s a lot to look forward to: I can’t wait to tell you more.

Take Care,

David