• Design and construction begins on new campus for Emily Carr University April 24, 2015
    Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson was joined today by students, faculty and alumni to mark the start of design and construction of a new campus for the only specialized post-secondary institution in B.C. offering programs in visual arts, media arts and design.
  • B.C. boosts investment in Aboriginal skills training April 24, 2015
    As part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, government will invest up to $30 million over the next three years for new Aboriginal skills-training projects and partnerships.
  • Historic agreement supports Aboriginal learning April 23, 2015
    A traditional welcome and blessing set the stage at Swan-e-set Longhouse today as members of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district, the Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations and the Ministry of Education officially signed their fourth Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement.
  • Student transitions reach new high; class size remains low April 17, 2015
    Class sizes in British Columbia remain low and stable while the number of students successfully moving to the next grade has reached record highs, according to the Ministry of Education’s latest data on class size and grade to grade transitions.

The National Dayimages of Mourning is observed in Canada on April 28.  It commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents.  Since its inception, the observance has spread to over 80 countries around the world, but is known in most other countries as the Workers’ Memorial Day.  The date April 28 was picked because on that day in 1914, the Workers’ Compensation Act received its third reading.  In 2001 the International Labour Organization first observed World Day for Safety and Health at Work on this day.

The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill is typically flown at half-mast, and workers and employees observe this day in various ways including lighting candles, donning ribbons and black armbands, and observing moments of silence.  The purpose of the National Day of Mourning is twofold – to remember and honour those… Continue reading

Chevron Canada Limited is funding a two-year program in conjunction with the HR MacMillan Space Centre to bring their “Starlab” portable planetarium together with an astronomy educator to communities and schools along the Kitimat LNG project route (from Kitimat to Summit Lake).

The new Chevron-funded program launched this week, will host all-day first-time Starlab visits to Kitimat and the Kitamaat Village schools with the week culminating in a Community Celebration on April 24 at the Kildala Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The Kitimat Community Celebration Event is a free day-long event open to everyone and will include:

  • Presentations in the Starlab inflatable planetarium
  • Space-themed activities including learning what it takes to be an astronaut and checking out astronaut food
  • Making Mission Badges – craft activity
  • Giveaways
  • A showcase of science-based resources available in the community.

Please reference the following Chevron backgrounder brief that… Continue reading



CMSD82 2015-16 Leadership Staffing Appointment – G. McKay, NRTETC Administrator  (PDF Format)


The Coast Mountains Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Geoff McKay to the position of District Technical Skills Administrator for the Northwest Regional Trades & Employment Training Centre effective August 1, 2015. The Trades & Employment Training Centre will enter its first year of operation commencing August 2015 and will be located in the former Thornhill Junior Secondary School.

Currently the Acting District Technical Skills Administrator since February 2015, Mr. McKay has been working with the school district’s senior management team in the development of the Trades & Employment Training Centre. He brings a diverse background to his new position, and prior to rejoining the school district in June 2010 he managed a construction company in the Terrace area for several years. Mr. McKay also held an equipment… Continue reading



CMSD82 2015-2016 Leadership Staffing Appointment – Andrew Calhoun, BVS Principalship  (PDF Format Bulletin)


The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District is pleased to announce the leadership staffing appointment of Mr. Andrew Calhoun to the permanent position of Principal at Bear Valley School.

Currently the Acting Principal at Bear Valley School, Mr. Calhoun will assume the permanent principalship position effective August 1, 2015.

Mr. Calhoun holds a Master of Education in Multi-Disciplinary Leadership from the University of Northern British Columbia and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. He brings a wealth of secondary teaching experience with a background in Social Studies, Physical Education, Math and Science.

His strong teaching base and commitment to young people and their success will have a positive impact on Bear Valley School. The students, staff and parents will benefit from Mr. Calhoun’s proven commitment to student learning… Continue reading


CMSD82 2015-2016 Leadership Staffing News   (PDF Bulletin Format)NewsRelease


The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District is pleased to announce the following leadership staffing appointments for the 2015-2016 school year effective August 1, 2015:

Alison Campbell
Currently the Vice Principal of New Hazelton Elementary School, Ms. Campbell has been appointed Principal of New Hazelton Elementary School.  She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta specializing in Elementary Education and Special Education and a Master of Education Degree from the University of Victoria where her thesis focused on Parental Involvement in Schools.  She is currently working on a Post Graduate Certificate Program in Special Education with Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  Ms. Campbell has served as New Hazelton Vice Principal since September 2012.  Her strong background in primary education, knowledge and passion for early learners and… Continue reading