The CSBA Fall 2013 Update is now available, outlining the association’s recent activities and upcoming events. Check out the Cross Country Check-In to see what “Hot Topics” are being addressed right now across the country.
New Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) President Michael McEvoy stated that a strong and united CSBA will support and advocate alongside its provincial partners to safeguard the key role of publicly and democratically-elected school boards.
McEvoy assumed the Presidency before more than 400 school trustees from across Canada attending the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) http://cdnsba.org/ annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia from July 4-7, 2013.
Many trustees expressed concern at the conference about a growing and worrisome trend by provincial governments to bypass or limit the legitimate role of publicly-elected school boards in delivering quality education and maximizing student success.
The annual conference, hosted by the British Columbia School Trustees Association, offered 450 delegates an engaging and inspiring opening keynote address by the Right Honorable Michäelle Jean, former Governor General of Canada, who reminded delegates of her own personal journey and who gave true meaning to the conference theme, Diversity Matters.
Excellent speakers and presentations on such important CSBA themes as Aboriginal Education, Student Health and Wellness and 21st Century Learning Skills were all explored through the prism of respecting diversity within our public school communities.
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Only 5 % of Canadian school children are meeting the national physical activity standards. Dr. Mark Tremblay, an expert in Children’s Health and part of the team that wrote the 2013 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card, will be at the CSBA conference in Vancouver this week to speak to this critical situation and to offer 10 solutions as a starting point for school boards’ discussions. Student Health and Wellness is a Key Priority for the CSBA and we hope that this Pre-Congress session, which takes place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on July 4, will assist trustees and commissioners from across Canada to take an active role in affecting change.
Please visit http://www.csba2013.ca/index.php/program/july4 for more information on the session or Dr. Tremblay.
The 2013 CSBA congress is only week away! The program is sure to have something for everyone and we hope you can join us for this important opportunity to share and learn from other trustees/commissioners across Canada, as well as experts in the field of education. We are especially looking forward to sharing with you and hearing your questions at the CSBA AGM and the Cross Canada Check In. For those planning to attend the Annual General Meeting, you may download and print the 2013 CSBA Annual Report or simply access our website during the session using the wireless connection in the meeting room. See you in beautiful British Columbia!
When the CSBA congress in July 2012 was ended, CSBA had a new Managing Director, a new President and the knowledge that the many structural changes the Association had made over the past years required us to “regroup”, to redefine our priorities and especially, develop a road map that reflected what each province wanted from us in our role to affect change on behalf of their behalf. After several meetings, workshops and much discussion, we reconfirmed our mission to support, advocate for, and promote publicly elected School Boards across the country and then worked out a 3-year plan on how we wanted to accomplish that over the coming years. Our Core Issues for Advocacy include Aboriginal Education, 21st Century Learning and our newest addition on our list of national concerns; Student Health and Wellness. The 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, adopted at our March meeting is available at CSBA 2013-2016 Strategic Plan.
MONTREAL, January 2013 – It was with great sadness that the CSBA received the news from the family of Dr. Roy Wilson, that he passed away peacefully recently from cardio-respiratory issues in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He was 74 years old.
Roy Wilson was the longest serving school board trustee in Medicine Hat, and the second longest serving trustee in the Province of Alberta. First elected to the Board of Trustees of School District #76 in 1980, he served continuously from that date, acting as board chairman on three separate occasions. He was, during the 1990’s, president of both the Alberta School Boards Association and the Canadian School Boards Association. Dr. Wilson recently completed serving his second term as senator in the University of Alberta Senate.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Roy received his B.Ed, M.Ed and Ph.D from the University of Alberta. His teaching career began in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1960. He would go on to teach at schools and colleges in Edmonton, Camrose, the Crowsnest Pass and Medicine Hat, retiring in 2003.
He taught over 5000 students in his tenure, and receiving many honours for his work, including the Alberta Home and School Association’s Presidents Award, the Medicine Hat College Academic Achievement Award, the Alberta Centennial Medal for his service to public education in Alberta, Medicine Hat College’s honourary applied baccalaureate degree and honourary life memberships in the Alberta School Boards Association and the Canadian School Boards Association. Dr. Wilson also authored numerous articles on local and educational history and was involved in the production of several historical videos.
Active for many years in the local, provincial and national Canadian Music Festival movement, Dr. Wilson was also a long-time board member and past Chairman of the board of the Good Samaritan Society. And while known throughout the province for his contributions as an educator, trustee and volunteer, his first dedication was to his family. He was a deeply devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Sandi Urban Hall, CSBA President, noted that “Roy’s contributions to education and to the Canadian School Boards was substantial and greatly appreciated. He will be missed by all and his legacy will remain with us”.
The Canadian Coalition for the Right of the Child has produced a document on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada “Right in Principle, Right in Practice“. CCRC, The Rights of Children.
Listen in on a Webcast discussion between the Canadian Government and the United Nations on September 26 and 27, 2012 at www.unicef.ca/turnupthevolume.
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CSBA Elects a new Vice President
Montreal, August 25, 2012 – The Canadian School Boards Association is pleased to announce the election of its new Vice President, Jacquie Hansen of the Alberta School Boards Association. The eight presidents of the provincial school boards associations participated in the special meeting for the CSBA Board of the Directors on August 20, following the resignation of Catherine Fife, former Vice President, who left the association to pursue a career in politics. Ms. Hansen was elected by acclamation to a one year term, beginning immediately and continuing until July 2012.
Jacquie is in her second term as President, having served three previous years as Vice President of the Alberta School Boards Association. The ASBA serves 62 school boards – public, separate and francophone representing 600,000 students. She is serving in her 12th year as a locally elected trustee for the Greater St. Albert Catholic School Board where she has served as chair and vice-chair. She is also an appointed board member of Alberta’s Children Services Ministry (Region 6) advocating on behalf of children and youth at risk. Jacquie earned a Physical Education degree from University of British Columbia with a minor in English and enjoys music, reading, theatre and the great outdoors. She and her husband, Dean and four young adult children live in St. Albert where she is actively involved in the community.
Jacquie joins President, Sandi Urban Hall of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association on the CSBA executive. CSBA plays an important role in advocating for the collective interests of its member provincial associations to other national organizations and the federal government on important educational issues. The president and newly elected vice president offer an expertise, commitment and determination that will serve the association well in its work in the year ahead.
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