School District 64 welcomed seventy school trustees and superintendents to the Gulf Islands on the first weekend in October. The district was delighted to host the Fall Conference of the Vancouver Island School Trustees’ Association (VISTA).
The event showcased student performances including the Salt Spring Elementary School Choir led by teacher, Whitney Walker, as well as a Media Arts Production created by Gulf Islands Secondary School students Adam Wolfermann and Corey Iverson and presented by teacher, Roland Kerr. Participants were welcomed to the conference by Shannon Johnston, SD64 Aboriginal Education Coordinator; Quentin Harris, Aboriginal Artist and Cultural Advisor and family; and Wesley Hardisty, GISS graduate.
In addition to VISTA’s business meeting, educational sessions were featured at the event. Child and Youth Mental Health & Substance Abuse was the topic that Keva Glynn (Island Health), Scott Stinson (SD63) and Tom Weber (MCFD) presented to the delegation on Friday evening. Saturday sessions included SD64 presenters leading sessions on Creating a Coaching Culture and Place-based Learning. The coaching session provided an overview of the coaching journey that commenced in SD64 in 2009 and also gave participants an opportunity to partake in a coaching simulation activity led by Linda Underwood, Kelda Logan, Keiko Taylor, and Lyall Ruehlen. The place-based learning session was facilitated by Doug Livingston, Shelly Johnson and Kelda Logan and featured a “mini” nature based immersion experience, outlined SD64 ecological programming, and provided insight into the BC Education Plan.
School District 64 would like to thank the participants and the presenters for making the event a success. We would also like to acknowledge Dawne Fennell for the behind the scenes magic that made it possible for SD64 to host this very worthwhile conference.
Lisa Halstead, Superintendent