Veteran’s Voice Project Commemorating 100th Anniversary of the Armistice One of the signature elements of MSBA’s Local Voices campaign was the Veteran’s Voice project, undertaken in advance of the centennial anniversary of the signing of the peace in WWI. MSBA profiled nine veterans, including men and women who had served in all major conflicts since and including the Second World War. Over the course of the November 11 Remembrance Day weekend, based on monitoring of our Facebook Page alone, we know that close to 70,000 Manitobans visited the profiles or accessed the video that MSBA put together to commemorate the armistice. An even greater number have also viewed these profiles, given our highlight of this series again on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which occurred on June 6, 2019. This means that the total exposure MSBA gained through the Veteran’s Voice project was amplified by several times. That our veterans still matter to everyday citizens and can serve as the ultimate witness to why local democracy still matters, was very evident through the production and outcomes of this important project. For more information, please visit: http://www.mbschoolboards.ca/veteransVoice.php New Trustee Orientation and General Meeting With all trustees in place following the October elections, there was no time to lose in assembling the masses for a series of workshops and updates to help new trustees understand their roles, responsibilities and the context of school boards, while also walking returning trustees through the latest developments. As MSBA President Ken Cameron did not seek re-election, MSBA was provided with an opportunity to conduct Presidential elections at this gathering and to this end, convened a General Meeting on Day 2 of the event. Trustee Alan Campbell, former MSBA Vice-President and trustee with Interlake School Board, won the coveted position to lead our association, during an especially critical period in the history of school boards in Manitoba. Apart from this fresh new face at the helm, another highlight of the two day assembly was the concluding keynote and plenary workshop delivered by our colleague Darren McKee, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. Walking our trustees and senior administrators through the Saskatchewan experience with its recent system-wide review, we have received nothing but the highest praise from all present. Our sincere gratitude to Darren for making time to come and help our members understand what is at stake in Manitoba going into 2019. 2019 Provincial Pre-Budget Briefs In early October, the Manitoba Government launched a 2019 pre-budget survey. Given that education was specifically included for the first time in many years as part of these consultations, school boards were surprised to see five proposed options for change: reduce the number of divisions, reduce the number of administrators, reduce the number of collective bargaining units, contain costs, and conduct a value for money audit of the K-12 system. Needless to say, MSBA followed up with a brief to all citizens outlining our concerns with these proposals. On January 8, 2019 we then met with Finance Minister Scott Fielding face to face to present the actual budget needs and requirements for public education in keeping with our approach in previous years. To read MSBA’s pre-budget briefs, please visit: http://www.mbschoolboards.ca/advocacy.php ManitobaUpdate 2018/2019 Annual Report to the CSBA Board of Directors Alan Campbell Darren McKee Sandy Nemeth, Alan Campbell, Finance Minister Scott Fielding and Floyd Martens Alfred Settee, Norway House Manitoba The Veteran’s Voice