Accomplishments of Board

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As a School Trustee from 2021-2022, I was part of a team, the School Board of Trustees, that helped authorize, implement, witness, and/or take part in the following:

In 2021/2022:

• The Six Year BC Resident Completion Rate is 93.5% as compared to the provincial average of 90.1%.
• The Indigenous Six Year BC Resident Completion Rate is 83.0% as compared to the provincial average of 72.5%.

• Many Fine Arts performances including:
– OKM Theatre – Mama Mia 442b6507-8eb6-4c3b-934b-37bfe2d3c84d
– Mount Boucherie Secondary – Romeo & Juliet
– KSS – Radium Girls and Treasure Island
– GESS – Powerline and One Act Festival
– RSS – Comedy of Errors and Dr. Seussical Musical
– Choral and Band performances
– Elementary schools performed year-end musical performances and plays
• Kelowna Art Gallery hosted:
– 36th Annual Art in Action student exhibition
– A replica of the Witness Blanket
“The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognize the atrocities of the
Indian residential school era, honour the children, and symbolize ongoing reconciliation.”

• Bursaries/Scholarships
– In 2022, Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society (COBSS) distributed 532 awards to 358 applicants for a total donation of $496,725.
– +Millions of dollars in University Entrance and other Post-Secondary Scholarships


• Participated in school and community-based events by Zoom (due to COVID-19 restrictions) and in person
• Participated in 7 School Community Learning Conversations
• Met with Municipal Councils, the Westbank First Nation, area MLAs and area MPs (by Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions and in person)  img_5538
• Conducted 8 surveys and 2 Public Engagement Sessions
• 27 Policies/Regulations/Appendix/Forms were amended, and 2 Policies were affirmed

• Approved 7 Board/Authority Authorized Course Proposals
• Approved 2 Proposals for Substantive Change
• Approved 8 Enhancement Agreements
• Approved the 2021/2022 amended budget of $302,076,449
• Approved the 2022/2023 Annual Budget Bylaw for $303,663,762
• Accepted the Health Promoting Schools Level 1 Review
• Approved the Annual Facility Grant (AFG) Plan for 2022/2023 through 2027- 2028
• Sent 4 letters advocating on behalf of public education
• Received, read and considered over 1,000 letters from the public
• During Public Meetings, the Board recognized:
– 13 students/teams for achievements and awards
– 5 teachers and support staff for special accomplishments


• Celebrated the graduations for students from the SD23/BCIT Dual Credit Program and Okanagan College Gateway Program.
• Graduation ceremonies at Central School and eSchool23, George Elliot Secondary and Okanagan Mission Secondary, were held in person.  05E1358B-EBA2-4BF7-9E37-5D4293EDA640 École Kelowna Secondary, Mount Boucherie Secondary and Rutland Senior Secondary schools’ ceremonies were conducted virtually, during this transition phase due to COVID-19.
• Individual blanketing ceremonies were held at secondary schools and at Central Programs and Services during the month of June for Indigenous graduates.

• The 2022 iGen Challenge started with 110+ high school teams (270+ students). The eight final teams took part in a live pitch session to local entrepreneurs at the Innovation Centre.
• Twelve youth from across Central Okanagan Public Schools took to the stage for the fourth annual TEDXYOUTH@DoyleAve
• Trustees, students and staff participated in the Kelowna Pride Festival (in October and June)

• Continued with “Inside 23” at Public Board Meetings to showcase students, staff and programs within the District, some of which included:
– American Sign Language (ASL) Program
– Living and Thriving Through Collaborative Professionalism: A Numeracy Story
– Upstream Project 45A88C23-0A8F-47E7-A18A-D1CAF542AB9E
– Reading is a Feeling
– Seamless Day Kindergarten
– Equity Club
– Gateway Program
– WHEELS Transition to Employment Program

  • Career Programs
  • Celebrating the Season (viral concert)
  • Following our Students’ Voices: A Year Long Inquiry
  • Summer English Language Learners (ELL) Program
  • Placing Students at the Center of Numeracy
  • Student Perspectives
  • Virtual Choir Sister School Collaboration
  • What Does a Beginning Teacher Hope For?

Coming Together
1st Annual Education Liaison Meeting
Framework for Enhancing
Student Learning

• A District Music Program Ukrainian Fundraising Event is taking place at Prospera Place involving over 450 students from 11 various schools.
• Many schools took part in the Jump Rope for Heart.
• An Art Show was held at an elementary school to raise funds for the local SPCA.
• Families and staff donated over 16,000 pounds of food, thousands of clothing items, nearly $15,000
in gift cards and donations, 75 food hampers, and over 600 new toys for food banks and individual
• Significant amounts of food, clothing and money raised in the Fall for families in neighbouring
School Districts who were displaced by floods.
• Students volunteered on a Saturday for the Central Okanagan Food Bank Stuff a Bus Campaign
• “Adopted” 26 dogs through Paws It Forward donations

Special Days for Reflection and Acknowledgement…
• Harmony Day; Bullying Awareness (Pink Shirt) Day; World Teachers’ Day;

National Child Day; Orange Shirt Day; Take Our Kids to Work Day; Teacher
Appreciation Day; Access Awareness Day and Pink Shirt Day
• International Walk to School Day/Week; School Bus Safety Awareness Week;
Human Rights Month; Pride Month; Citizenship Week; Canadian Mental
Health Week; Education Week, Family Literacy Week, Principals and VicePrincipals Month, TTOC Appreciation Week and Truth and Reconciliation Week
• National Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week; National Volunteer Week;
National Day of Mourning; National Child Day; National Indigenous Peoples
Day; National Indigenous History Month; National Fire Prevention Week;
National Administrative Assistant’s Day; National Principals’ Month; Inclusive
Education Month, National AccessAbility Week, National Food Allergy
Awareness Month, National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered
Indigenous Women and Girls and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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