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:
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS TO BE PROUD OF…
• 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 AREAS TO BE PROUD OF…
• Many Fine Arts performances including:
– OKM Theatre – Mama Mia
– 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.”
– 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
THE BUSINESS OF THE BOARD…
• 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)
• 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
SPECIAL EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS…
• 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. 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
– 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?
1st Annual Education Liaison Meeting
Framework for Enhancing
MUCH TO BE PROUD OF….. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
• 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