April / May 2019 Trustee Report

April / May 2019 Trustee Report
Diane McNally, Trustee, SD61 Greater Victoria Board of Education

Community Liaison Assignments:  View Royal –  no meetings called; April 9: Therapeutic Recovery Community (Our Place; Talcott Road) community group: unable to attend (group now disbanded)

Ad Hoc Committees: One Equitable Learning Community: several meetings required to write proposed new TOR; committee to begin work mandated in TOR for Equity Ad Hoc Committee

Aboriginal Nations Education Council: April 15: minutes to come from the ANEC Chair, Janice Simcoe. Pleased to have had the opportunity to meet SD61’s newly hired District Principal of Indigenous Education, Shelly Niemi, and Patrick Harriot, President, Metis Nation of Greater Victoria Association. Laying groundwork for  working together focus of the meeting, so discussion  of proposed TOR postponed to the fall.

SD61 Board & Related meetings:

  • April 3: SD61 Budget information meeting
  • April 8: Education Policy and Directions Standing Committee
  • April 9: In Camera meeting
  • April 11: Policy Advisory Committee
  • April 15: In Camera meeting
  • April 15: SD61 Operations Policy and Planning Standing Committee; unable to attend
  • April 17: Final SD61 Budget meeting
  • April 18: Policy Advisory Committee
  • April 23: In Camera meeting
  • April 23: SD61 Board meeting
  • Following April 23: April 24, Policy Advisory Committee, Arbutus Music evening UVic; April 25, 26, 27 BCSTA GM (SD61 Board has two motions coming to the floor)

Trustee Professional Development / Community Attendance :

  • Personal contact and reading: Karen Tracy, discourse analyst, Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication, Community & Social Interaction Graduate Faculty, U Colorado:  “Reasonable Hostility” paper  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByOn1fjIalzARTVQMExPSWpLV1U/edit
  • Professional reading: Karen Tracy, “Challenges of Ordinary Democracy”, on order. “In Challenges of Ordinary Democracy, Karen Tracy draws us close to the workings of self-government in modern America. There, we can see the balance that must be struck between deliberative norms of civility and the emotional power of dissent and grievance. Tracy’s provocative idea of ‘reasonable hostility’ as a model for effective local politics will stir controversy, but she will certainly have stimulated more grounded thinking about the complex interactions of officeholders and citizens in free societies.” —John Gastil, University of Washington [over] …
  • April 2: South Island Community Overdose Responders Network (connection with AVI; meets 2x a month; I have made it clear at every meeting that am not representing the Board and am there as a community member, concerned with youth welfare ) : practical and policy discussions and actions on drug use and overdose crisis in the local community and more widely
  • April 2: My Place transitional home (across from Central Middle School) : unable to attend
  • April 23: SICORN planning meeting





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