UBC Okanagan Summer Institute in Education 2019

I am thrilled to be writing and delivering a course at UBC Okanagan this summer.  The course will focus on working with at-risk youth, how to reach a deeper understanding of their needs, and how to guide them to success in both school, and in life.  There will be many real life examples and actual students not only inspired the course, they had input in the creation of the topics, and they will be guest presenters who will candidly discuss education from the point of view of at-risk youth who found unexpected success.

Click here for UBC Okanagan SIE information and registration.  

Course Syllabus

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ABEABC Conference 2018

The Public Speaking Process – What You Need to Know

The workshop will take educators through the entire process of creating a talk/presentation from what you want to say and why, to how to say it.  So many great things are happening in education every day and this will encourage people to share their successes both to bring awareness and to share ideas.

Intergenerational Events and Programs

Based upon my TEDx LangleyED talk, I will speak about events and programs that have been a great success in working with at-risk youth.

Topics include:

  1. Senior/Teen events and relationships built.
  2. Annual Intergenerational Day event involving youth.
  3. Christmas morning event for seniors on their own.
  4. Having seniors in class with the youth; both working toward graduation.
  5. The value of the relationships for both groups.


Ignite 35 Langley

I will be giving an Ignite talk in Langley on May 31.  This year’s theme was “mixed tape” with the speakers choosing songs that represent their ideas.  I chose “Born This Way” to have an upbeat, positive look at what alternate students can do despite being a little different from their colleagues in the mainstream schools.

I am excited to be speaking and to hear the others as well; there is an impressive speaker list and the topics are excellent.  Join us on May 31 at Porter’s Bistro in Langley from 6:30-8:30 pm!

Speaker List

ABEABC Conference

I was honored to be part of the panel at the ABEABC conference in Harrison Hot Springs this year.  Although it is always great to get to speak about our program, this was even more exciting because they also invited students to join me.  Two adult students and two alternate students joined me on the panel, speaking about our program, personalization, and the positive impact of mixing adults with alternate youth.  It was a great experience for all of us and we were so excited to be able to share what we do with the other educators there.

ACE Students joining the panel.

Christmas and Grinchmas

Giving the gift of Christmas to local seniors – Agassiz-Harrison News

Ace students and alumni share Christmas morning breakfast and gift giving at the Legion

Source: www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/news/407939896.html

CBC Interview of Staff and Students

Grinchmas grows hearts for Christmas – Agassiz-Harrison News

Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas stole hearts in Agassiz with a reading of the classic children’s book and feast prepared by volunteers

Source: www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/news/407835786.html

TEDx Events

ACE principal inspires at TEDxLangleyED – Agassiz-Harrison News

Alternate school principal gives TED Talk to end the stigma surrounding students

Source: www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/news/416851674.html

ACE headed to TEDxChilliwack – Agassiz-Harrison News

Three ACE students prepare for TEDxChilliwack tryouts on Feb. 16

Source: www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/news/412588953.html

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Ignite Abbotsford 2017

I have partnered with Karen Copeland of Champions for Community Mental Wellness and we are organizing an Ignite Abbotsford event for October 11, 2017.  I was at the event last year and it was a phenomenal success, so I was very excited about getting involved with it.

Full details are available on her website at championsforcommunitymentalwellness.com/ignite where you can also find the link for a speaker application or event tickets when they are available.

Follow Ignite Abbotsford on Twitter and on Facebook for updates and to let us know what you think.

If you would like to support this event through partnership, here is a letter providing the details.

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