District Core Values HIghlighted
Recently the Fraser Valley was facing the possibility of significant damage as a result of flooding. Our Kwantlen and Katzie First Nations communities along the Fraser river were very concerned that they would not be able to protect themselves from potential damage. Numerous sandbaggers were required. A call was put out to secondary schools to assist with the sandbagging and over 400 students volunteered over two days to lend a hand. Our transportation department arranged getting students to and from the sites. Both the Kwantlen and Katzie First Nations communities were very impressed with our students and appreciative of their help. The District Core Value of Community was certainly on display.
On May 25th the school district hosted its third annual District Athletics Banquet to acknowledge our coaches that put in so many hours to support students. Carl Valentine from the Vancouver Whitecaps delivered the keynote speech and coaches were recognized for different levels of 10, 20, and 30 years service . In addition, three retired coaches were added to the Wall of Distiction noted for their exemplary service and demonstration of the District Core Values of Courage, Integrity, Excellence and Community. This year’s inductees were Gord Dennison, George Bergen, and Frank Roberto. Deb McKinnon was the recipient of the Jim Ehman “difference maker” award, It was an inspirational evening that also included plenty of humour.
At the Board of Education meeting on May 29th the District Core Value of Excellence was recognized with respect to the work of Walnut Grove teacher Tim Stephenson and Walnut Grove student Ethan Eigenfeldt. Tim recently received the Prime Minister’s award for teaching excellence. Recipients of this award are honoured for their remarkable achievements in education. Tim is passionate about caring for our planet and shares many environmental practices and strategies with his students. Ethan recently received top prize by WorkSafeBC for his video supporting effective worksafe practices. HIs work will now be entered in the National competition (view Ethan’s video). In addition, Ethan was also winner of the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker award. Well done Tim and Ethan!
I am looking forward to hearing more stories of students demonstrating the District Core Values at the Evening of Inspiration awards on June 4th.