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Board Meetings

September 16, 2008


SEPTEMBER 26, 2008

Showing Respect - Building Trust

Bluewater Character Development

Bluewater District School Board strengthened our focus on Character Development in the of Fall 2007. After receiving input from Bluewater employees and students, 10 character attributes became the focus of supporting positive learning and working environments. In April 2008, as a result of the work of Our Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee, BWDSB staff participated in the “Beat of the Drum” symposium where Dr. Pamela Toulouse from Laurentian University led the day and participants shared in many important aspects of Aboriginal culture.  

Our September 26th  2008 System Professional Development Day will continue our focus on Character Development  with the theme being - “SHOWING RESPECT – BUILDING TRUST” – Bluewater Character Development.  Dr. Pamela Toulouse will return to our District to share her expertise, continuing the development of our individual and collective understanding, thereby increasing our ability to apply our character attributes in our inclusive learning environments.

All Bluewater District School Board employees will attend the system PD Day scheduled for September 26th.   Each one of our approximately 2000 employees will attend at one of the three locations – OSCVI, West Hill Secondary School or the Bayshore Community Centre.  Each venue will house displays from our First Nations and Métis partners in Grey-Bruce.  Dr. Toulouse’s address will be broadcast from each of the three venues at different points in the day so that all staff will see her in person.  The opening ceremonies and Dr. Toulouse’s Part 1 will take place at OSCVI and will be broadcast to the other two sites.  Part 2 and a gifting ritual will be broadcast from West Hill Secondary School and Part 3 and the closing remarks will occur during the last portion of the day from the Bayshore Community Centre.  There will be presentations by our First Nations and Métis partners, with each presentation accompanied by an explanation regarding the cultural significance.

School and Department staffs will be designated to attend specific sites.  Lunch will be provided, to allow time for people to network and reflect upon their learnings. First Nations and Métis partners will be sharing their displays and relevant resources at each site during the breaks and at lunch.

As we begin yet another school year, we acknowledge the contributions of all who have participated in the organization of the day, especially our First Nations and Métis communities.  We anticipate that participation in this memorable event will increase Bluewater District School Board staff understanding of inclusive learning and working environments, enhancing each participants’ ability to SHOW RESPECT and BUILD TRUST on a daily basis.

Miigwech, Ekosi, Merci, Thank You

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