Sep 26, 2022

LESSONS FROM THE HAIDA GWAII

By |2022-09-27T09:02:30-07:00September 26, 2022|Leadership, Relationships, Secondary|1 Comment

From July 20-29, I had the privilege and the opportunity to visit the region off BC's Northern Coast known as Haida Gwaii (Islands of the Haida and for a while known as the Queen Charlotte Islands). With two fabulous hosts and seven other educators, including my sister, Evangeline, and Koenraad Beugelink, Faith Formation Director, [...]

Jun 23, 2022

JACKIE STEWART: ALL IN!

By |2022-07-06T21:21:45-07:00June 23, 2022|Celebrating, Secondary|4 Comments

Jackie Stewart was called to ACS Secondary 25 years ago, bringing her energetic, can-do attitude, and abilities to the community. As always, Jackie took on this new challenge enthusiastically and poured herself into her calling and career wholeheartedly. She plunged into this new opportunity as if it were Jaffray lake on a hot summer’s day. [...]

Mar 30, 2022

A CHANGE OF PACE

By |2022-03-30T14:33:37-07:00March 30, 2022|Secondary|2 Comments

The age-old question: “How was your spring break?” I’ve decided to go with the “It was a nice change of pace” response. Suzanne and I contemplated a trip to warmer places but decided to be responsible adults and save money. We are looking to buy a “new- to-me” truck in the future. It was a sound [...]

Feb 22, 2022

PLAN B

By |2022-04-19T11:21:45-07:00February 22, 2022|Growth Mindset, Secondary|1 Comment

“I’m sorry, but we’re not going to offer you the position.” Defeated. Disappointed. Those were two feelings that flooded my thinking when I found out I wasn’t going to be a Residence Advisor during my fourth year of post-secondary studies. There was no plan B! The house I was renting wasn’t going to be an [...]

Jan 24, 2022

I JOINED THE CLUB!

By |2022-01-24T14:41:38-08:00January 24, 2022|Character, Secondary|0 Comments

I had the “unfortunate” opportunity to join an illustrious club this summer. A special shout out to the senior members out there! I joined the “blow- your-trailer-tire-club.” My family and I were making the annual trek out to Bear Creek Provincial Park up the Coquihalla highway with our tent trailer and 2006 Nissan Quest minivan. [...]

Nov 23, 2021

IT’S NOT ABOUT ME OR YOU…

By |2021-11-24T09:29:13-08:00November 23, 2021|School Vision, Secondary|4 Comments

Recently I underwent day surgery and spent a week recovering at home. Given the nature of my recovery I knew I had to be very intentional about taking time away from work so that I could physically recover and be ready to go the following week. I prepped the staff, set up an email autoreply, [...]

Oct 19, 2021

JUST ROLL WITH IT

By |2022-04-28T14:39:03-07:00October 19, 2021|Nurturing Hearts, Secondary|0 Comments

One morning I was heading into separate setting with a group of students to write a math test…what a way to start the day. As the test went on, I realized I was getting the undeserved cold shoulder from one student who usually was personable and receptive to support. He barely made eye contact, didn’t [...]

Sep 28, 2021

CONFESSIONS OF AN APD WANNABE

By |2021-09-29T08:34:06-07:00September 28, 2021|Character, Secondary|0 Comments

This has been a difficult start to the school year (I know…what a great first blog post, Mike…but I was told vulnerability is okay). For many of us the last 18 months have been hard. There have been times when I’ve wondered if I’m the right person ACS needs during this challenging pandemic. Last year [...]

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