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Administrators’ Workshop

Technology: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Thursday, June 7, 10:30-12:30 (lunch will be included)

A session for administrators (principals, superintendents and directors) that will explore the use of technology in an educational setting. Participants are asked to bring their latest social media and technology related policies to share. In addition, participants will discuss how technology can be used to transform learning for all! Facilitator: Chris Dugdale, Superintendent of Schools, Prince George, BC.


PJ Lewis

Walk a Mile with Me: Students with Mental Health Issues
Friday June 8 - 11:00am & 1:45pm

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All across the country, children and youth are experiencing mental health issues. These issues can seriously affect a child's ability to reach his or her potential. In Canada approximately 1 in 5 people experience mental health or addiction problems and approximately 70% have their onset during childhood or adolescence. These problems cause much distress and can impact the way these students act at home, at school, with their peers, and in the community, yet mental health of students is often overlooked in schools. How should we respond to this critical issue as Catholic educators?

We recognize, as Catholic educators, that our students are created in God’s image and likeness and we must care for them accordingly. Therefore, we are compelled to provide equitable and inclusive educational opportunities to promote healthy social and emotional development for all children and youth in our care.

Participants attending this session will have a glimpse into the world of children and youth in our Catholic schools who have mental health issues. The session will discuss how we can and should respond to our students through the lens our Catholic perspective. The practical issues of the cost of financial and human resources to Catholic schools/school districts to support students with mental health issues will also be addressed.


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Dr. Peter Froese

Strategies in Negotiating Successfully with Government
Friday June 8 - 11:00am & 1:45pm

peter froeseNon-profit organizations must be exceptionally creative if they wish to procure a hearing with senior government bureaucrats or cabinet ministers on important issues that have a financial impact on the organizations. In fact, it is as much of an art as it is a skill. This session will review two recent cases where independent schools in British Columbia were successful in negotiating with government. The first involved property tax exemption for Catholic as well as other non-profit independent schools, protecting the sector from a potential $7 million in annual property taxation. The second involved negotiating proportional funding for independent schools from the classroom enhancement funds provided to the public sector after the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in favour of the BC Teachers Federation in 2016, which contested the BC government’s removal of class size and composition clauses from the public sector collective agreement in 2002. These negotiations resulted in $23 million in additional operational funding for Group 1 and 2 independent schools in BC.

How was the Federation of Independent School Associations in BC (FISA) able to secure a legislative change to protect independent schools from property taxation? What lobbying strategies were implemented that led to guaranteed property tax exemptions for independent schools?

How were independent schools able to secure proportional funding from the Supreme Court of Canada ruling against the BC government in the BCTF’s struggle to return class size and composition agreements to their 2002 negotiated contracts with public school boards?

This session will highlight specific strategies that have been successful in negotiating with government on issues that could otherwise have had significant financial consequences on BC’s independent schools.


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Norm Letnick

Advocating for Change from a Provincial Government

Friday June 8 - 11:00am (English)
Friday June 8 -  1:45pm (French)

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There are many pathways to success when advocating to government for change. Norm Letnick will share some of his experiences and observations on what may be effective and what may not. A Question and Answer period will be provided.

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Blaine Melnyk 

International Students in Your School. Why Bother?
Friday June 8 - 11:00am 


As the presence of international students have become a factor in many of our schools; we often ask about the impact of hosting these students.  Obviously, the financial benefit is well documented, however, what are the other reasons for hosting international students?  What is the impact within the classroom and the school community?  Do international students add to the culture of the school or do they take away from it?  In a mixed media presentation from the perspective of two different international coordinators, we will discuss these issues and many more in an open and interactive environment. 


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Danny Brock

Catholicity Ain’t What It Used to Be: Lessons for the New Evangelization from the life of a high school Religion teacher
Friday June 18 -  1:345m



In this secular post-religious culture, students come to us with a ‘holy-longing’ for the sacred. Danny will share stories, insights and practical ideas to show how a faith-friendly culture can be created in our high schools.


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