As every Professional Growth Network knows, maintaining a strong membership, hosting a successful annual conference and supporting educators with resources and current news keeps an association vibrant and thriving. We are very proud of the long history of valuable support and leadership SCWEA has provided province wide. Last year’s conference, “Diversity in the Workplace”, was a huge success with keynotes like Olivia McIvor and Taunya Woods-Richardson, along with a host of small group presenters who provided valuable information and professional development for our members. This year’s conference, “A Goal Without A Plan is Just A Wish” will focus on providing that same valuable in-service and support as the province continues it’s quest to improve graduation rates by putting the tools in place to assist all grade 9 students to develop a Graduation and Post-Graduation plan.
Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) Outcome
“Every school division and First Nations education authority in the province will develop a strategy for all Grade 9 students to have a graduation and post-graduation plan, and establish a process for maintaining those plans through Grade 12.” Education Sector Strategic Plan, Cycle 3, (2017-19) .
We are currently sitting at 69 members including Institutional and Corporate memberships. We have to thank to the committed and creative SCWEA Executive Council members for their support and enthusiasm toward career development. Highlights from the past year included our annual conference, ratifying the updated constitution, launching the new website and establishing formal partnerships with the Sask. Safety Council and Connexus. We also hosted more meetings remotely to reduce costs during these challenging economic times.
We did say farewell to Tyson Snelling and Mari Clark as they were unable to continue to be part of our team. We want to personally thank them for their contribution and service to SCWEA over the years. On a brighter note, we welcomed new directors Amanda Ross, Amy McFarlen, Paul Blankestijin and Julie Nyiri.
This month’s edition of E-News, is chock full of important dates, upcoming events and general information. Everyone is encouraged to submit ideas, articles, and photos of the events from their area of the province, as through sharing together, we grow stronger!
We wish you all a great year as you work to support students in your schools and help them to find their way in this rapidly changing and challenging world!
Co –presidents Leanne Merkowsky and Gord Heidel
P.S. If you are reading this and are interested in joining SCWEA or wish to receive more information, please email us at the emails addresses listed on the executive page or leave us a message on the contact page of the website. Also we have a couple of openings, so if you are interested in joining our executive please email us.