Monthly Archives: February 2020

February 26, 2020 is Pink Shirt Day!


A friendly reminder that February 26 is Pink Shirt Day!  The theme for this year’s Pink Shirt Day is “Lift each other up” … a simple, but powerful message encouraging everyone to look beyond our differences and celebrate the things that make each and every one unique.  When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people.

While bullying affects so many people physically, emotionally and mentally, we know there are many students, parents, schools and community members that want to know what they can do to help.  Every contribution, whether it’s joining in wearing pink on February 26 to show you are taking a stand, or making an effort to practice kindness and acceptance, or even giving a donation or fundraising for programs that make a difference, can change a life.

Bullying could be happening to someone you know and care about – join in taking a stand against bullying, and letting your peers know that it is not okay.  Show kindness, empathy, and compassion, and speak out!

Take your kindness to new heights on this Pink Shirt Day, and every day, let’s “Lift each other up!!


2020 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education


The Ministry of Education announced the 2020 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education in late January 2020. The awards were created to recognize the enormous contributions of BC’s exceptional teachers, administrators and support staff that are vital to the cultural, economic and social well-being of the province.

The Premier’s Awards provide students, parents, teachers and other members of the community with an opportunity to celebrate those who make a real difference in BC Schools.

The awards are presented annually to exceptional education professionals in BC’s school system working within the public, independent or First Nations school systems.

This year there are 10 categories to choose from to nominate an individual. The awards are open to all education professionals within the BC K-12 public, independent or First Nations school systems.

Winners will receive a $3,000 taxable personal bursary for professional learning, and a $2,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning. Runners up will receive a $1,000 taxable personal bursary for professional learning, and a $1,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning.

Nominations are now open and are welcome from all BC citizens, including students, parents, teachers, administrators, trustees and community organizations. The deadline to submit nominations is April 30, 2020.

Additional information on the awards, including a downloadable poster and brochure can be found on the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education website at (click on link to access website).



Additional Public Consultation Forums re: Independent Consultant’s Report to the CMSD82 Board of Education


The Board of Education invites all interested parties to attend the following additional public consultation forums to provide input and share their views on action planning relating to the Independent Consultant’s report and recommendations.  Members of the public who attend the public consultation forum will be asked to participate in a working session around the recommendations.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre (NTETC) – Meeting Room
(formerly the Thornhill Junior/Secondary School, 3120 Highway 16 East, Terrace)

 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School – Library
(1491 Kingfisher Avenue, Kitimat)

Thursday, February 27, 2020 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hazelton Secondary School – Library
(2725 Highway 62, Hazelton)

If you are unable to attend the consultation forum, or you prefer to submit your thoughts electronically, please email to

In June 2019, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 initiated a review to address concerns that were raised by students, parents, partner groups and communities.  In order to ensure the process was objective and thorough, the Board of Education contracted Independent Consultant, Dianne Turner.

Ms. Turner was tasked to gather relevant information and provide recommendations for future actions to the Board of Education.  The intent of this process was to address concerns raised within the school district and to identify processes moving forward, with the priority being placed on the well-being and learning of students in the district.

The Board of Education received Ms. Turner’s report and recommendations on November 27, 2019.  The report is provided for your information by accessing the following link:

Independent Consultant’s Report to the Board of Education, Nov. 27, 2019

The Board of Education extends their appreciation to those who brought forward concerns and who were willing to be interviewed.   The next steps are to share the report and conduct a series of consultations.

Public participation is encouraged.  Input and feedback is welcomed and valued by the Board of Education.

Should you have questions or you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Carole Gagnon Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or


Shar McCrory
Chair, Board of Education