Opportunities to Connect with Community

The month of February provided a number of opportunities for educators to connect with community. On February 15th the Langley school district hosted a “Let’s Talk Trades” evening at the Langley Events Centre. Numerous employers and post-secondary contacts gathered to promote the incredible number of rewarding careers in the Trades. Former students, current teachers, and employers shared stories of their journeys to ultimately pursue vocations in this area. These journeys have proven to provide numerous benefits both professionally and financially. Parents and students turned out in great numbers and left with valuable informtation and contacts – way to go Langley school district Careers Department!

On February 16th the school district hosted a Social Awareness night open to the community and organized by the Social Justice 35 student group. A series of speakers (including former and current Langley students) spoke on topics pertaining to healthy relationships, mental wellness, and social equality. I had the chance to hear Gabriel Fiset and Liam Cook share their powerful stories relating to acceptance. While we continue to make positive strides in terms of inclusion and anti-bullying their stories show all of us we still have plenty of work to do in these areas. It was a very inspirational evening – way to go Lenny Yun and the Social Justice 35 group! The same evening also provided an opportunity for members from the community to attend the Aboriginal Department Healthy Balance family gathering at H D Stafford Middle school. It was great to see so many children and parents coming together to enjoy a meal and activities. Once again Luke Dandarand did an awesome job as commentator and DJ.

February 16th was also opening night for the Langley Foundation International Film Festival with all proceeds going towards supporting the media arts in schools.I was fortunate to attend the student montage series of films featuring student work from five of our secondary schools. The nineteen films entered this year were of exceptional quaility – every year gets better and better. I hope we can pack the theatre next year to celebrate student work in this area – many of our students have a bright future in the film industry – as evident by Jacob Tremblay who also showed up for the second year in row and did an awesome job taking questions from the audience. Way to go Susan Cairns for making this such a great event and to Langley Fine Arts school staff for hosting once again.

Langley was also the host for the Heart and Mind conference on February 23rd and 24th. The theme for this year was “Take care of Yourself: Science and Practice of Well-Being”. The event drew over 600 educators and other community members from the United States and Canada. Despite the snow many overcame the weather challenges and appreciated the presentations and workshops focused on wellness. Thank you to Walnut Grove secondary for hosting on February 24th.

One more chance this February for community to connect with the school district as we host the junior boys basketball provincial championships. Good luck to Brookswood and R E Mountain boys basketball teams. Hope to see a great turnout of fans to cheer the boys on.

Gord Stewart