Category Archives: SD #79 Administration

Revisiting ‘Stanley Gordon’ Means Defending Our Community

In spring 2003, our community in Lake Cowichan was invited to participate in a meeting which was billed as a consultation with School District #79. At that gathering, we were asked to consider five options at little tables and report … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en Special Meeting and No One Needed a Costume

Today- along with a room full of public education supporters, (well mostly) I watched as a quickie special meeting -with appointee McKay on Skype from his Surrey location with our senior staff in the flesh- launched an unnecessary endeavour. As … Continue reading

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October 3rd Proconsul Meeting/ Cooling our Heels

Board meetings these days are held too early for most folks to attend but many of us struggle there anyway and the gallery is full of indignant camaraderie. If you are going to be indignant, it is best to do … Continue reading

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Policy Development and Our Community Voice

To reach Mike McKay ,Ministry Appointee in Cowichan with any concerns or comments email: officialtrustee@SD79.bc.ca   If you say the word ‘policy’ to most people and I was certainly one of them, you can cure insomnia in a flash but … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee Open Board Meeting May 18 2011

Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice Resist the Beginning…Consider the End   Budget 2011/2012 is over and yet as most of you can testify, it is never over when the results are starkly in our faces. Of course, despite all the 4 alarm … Continue reading

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Is Democracy Simply Unaffordable?

Recently and not for the first time, a proposal has been raised at the school board table to reduce the number of trustees to seven from the current nine. The stated intention is to lead by example and show a … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee Open Board Meeting February 16th 2011

  Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice Resist the Beginning…Consider the End   EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY                                                                                                        -T.H. White – The Once and Future King   I love a good meeting theme – many future opportunities for musical theatre or a … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee Open Board Meeting February 2nd 2011

                                                          Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice         Resist the Beginning…Consider the End “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  -Anne Frank                                                                                                                                                      Life at the board coal face is quite the scene, … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee January 19th 2011 Open Board Meeting

 Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice    Resist the Beginning…Consider the End    Sometimes I expect to see the camera crew from Punk’d as we wend our way through these meetings. This does not of course mean I spend any more time on … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee Open Board Meeting January 5th 2011

  Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice  Resist the Beginning…Consider the End    One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once … Continue reading

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