SCSBC 19th Annual Leadership Conference

Saturday, November 3, 2018


 Registration Fees

SCSBC Members $65 + GST

Non-members $275 + GST Included are the plenary, coffee break, featured workshop, lunch, SCSBC AGM and an afternoon workshop.

Deadline to Register October 30, 2018


Conference Location

 Surrey Christian School, Secondary Campus
15353 92 Avenue, Surrey, BC

Leadership Conference

for Christian School Boards and Administrators

Beyond Reconciliation

You are invited to join Christian school leadership teams from all across British Columbia and beyond for our 19th annual SCSBC Leadership Conference. This conference is hosted as part of the SCSBC effort to enhance and equip leaders at the board and administration level for leadership in our Christian schools. Our theme this year is Beyond Reconciliation.

We are very pleased to welcome special guest, Patti Victor, as we explore the role of Christian Education in reconciliation with our indigenous neighbours.  It is an opportunity for school leadership to explore the history of our communal story, while exploring God’s call on Christian communities and the importance of Christian communities supporting the marginalized in society.

After the plenary, we examine the impact of the Ministry of Education expectations in the area of indigenous education and worldview.  This session will also include three stories of schools walking in the path of reconciliation.  The session will close with a resource and plans schools can use to walk this journey well while also fulfilling the secondary goal of compliance.

During lunch, the SCSBC annual general meeting offers opportunities for you to get to know the work of this organization better.


8:00 am
Coffee and Registration

8:30 -10:15
Welcome and Devotions
Plenary with Patti Victor

10:15 -10:45
Coffee Break

10:45 -12:00
Featured Workshop

12:15 -1:30
Lunch and AGM

1:30 -3:00


Patti Victor

patricia-victorPatti is Sto:lo, living at Cheam First Nation. She and her late husband, Gary, founded a thriving First Nations Church in Chilliwack. She is an ordained minister, she serves as the Section Pastor of Aboriginal Ministries in the BC-Yukon district, and as the Coordinator of Aboriginal Ministries with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

Patti’s passion is to build bridges into the Aboriginal community through education, whether through Professional development workshops for educators, Aboriginal Awareness workshops for churches or hosting events where understanding of Aboriginal perspectives can be fostered and the journey of reconciliation can begin.

Community Beyond Reconciliation Panel 

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
2 Cor 5:14-20 NIV

Image may contain: 1 personChristian schools are founded and grounded in the Word of God. It is Christ’s love in us that compels us to live reconciled with God and with one another. It is God’s mandate and message that we are Christ’s ambassadors with a message of reconciliation. 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has provided opportunities for all Canadians to know the history of our nation founded on colonization and assimilation practices. The Ministry of Education has provided the framework in which we can begin to line up our educational strategies to include Indigenous perspectives. Christian school leaders and educators must have knowledge of and value Indigenous ways of knowing and being and strategize to fully implement First People’s Principles of Learning in our pedagogy. Experiential learning is key to help us understand this shared dark chapter of colonization and assimilation.

The Blanket Exercise creates the space necessary for the 500 year history of colonization in Canada to be told in a way that conversation and relationship building can begin. A trained facilitator will guide the process. Participants walk on blankets representing the land and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by reading scrolls and carrying cards, which ultimately determine their outcome as they literally walk through situations that include pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. The Blanket Exercise concludes with a debriefing, conducted as a talking circle, during which participants discuss the learning experience, process their feelings, share insights and deepen their understanding.

Panel members – will share stories related to the topics of indigenous and non-indigenous community members in Christian schools. Participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions to engage the panelists. Participants will increase their understanding of the relevance and importance of these topics in our schools and leave better equipped to lead their communities in policy development.

Getting to Know the Neighbors

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David, Superintendent of Surrey Christian School, will share how a Provincial innovation grant, passionate staff members, and a commitment to living well with the local Kwantlen Band started Surrey Christian on the slow journey toward reconciliation.

1_Jonathan_Boone_author_pic_300_300_c1_c_c_0_0_1-ConvertImageJonathan Boone

Jonathan is a secondary school teacher at Bulkley Valley Christian School in Smithers. He will share his journey toward reconciliation and how his personal journey has prompted the creation of unique learning experiences for students at his school and educators around the province.

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Darren is a Director of Learning at SCSBC. He will share the Ministerial and Compliance expectations for Independent Schools and a resource designed to help schools imagine a path toward a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship with their  indigenous neighbours.

2-7bwJeremy Tinsley

Jeremy is the principal at Duncan Christian School.  He will share how an open heart & mind combined with passionate indigenous and non-indigenous community members has allowed Duncan Christian School to engage meaningfully in reconciliation in the Cowichan Valley.


FISA and Government Relations

Sustaining Independent Schools in Challenging Times

by Shawn Chisholm, Executive Director, Federation of Independent School Associations, British Columbia

FISA’s presentation will focus on the advocacy role FISA plays for the 5 independent school associations that make up the Federation of Independent Schools BC.  Key relationships with the associations, the government and Ministry bureaucracy, and the other education partners in BC will be discussed as well as topical issues facing independent schools.

Emergency Preparedness

Risk Management

by Jenny Williams,  Director of Education Support Services, Safe School Coordinator & Greg Gerber, Director of Learning, Safe School Coordinator

This interactive and engaging workshop will focus on developing greater awareness of emergency situations that schools may encounter. We will work in teams to consider emergency scenarios, followed by discussions highlighting the importance of situational awareness and other contextual factors to consider when formulating an effective response. Strong leadership thinks through potential emergency situations and plans responses accordingly.  Join the thinking.  Be prepared and learn more about the support, resources, and training opportunities available to your school.


Board Governance 101

by Ed Noot, Executive Director of the Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia

New to your Christian school board? This workshop will define your key roles and responsibilities empowering you to understand effective governance and to avoid pitfalls that so often derail school boards. You’ll leave this workshop with the confidence to contribute around the board table.

Human Resources

Policy and Best Practice

by Tania Jackson, CPHR, Human Resources Director, Key Food Equipment Services

Tania will introduce the new SCSBC Human Resources Manual. An HR manual is a reference that supports employees and their managers to encourage communication, clarify expectations, facilitate a positive workplace culture, as well as lay out policies and procedures.  In the context of a school, the board is responsible for assigning the responsibilities of the employer to the principal or superintendent, so that they can fully support teachers and other staff in carrying out the school’s mission. Another focus of this workshop will be on navigating some of the more challenging issues in the employment relationship, such as: dispute resolution, requests for leave, and termination. Learn to be prepared for complex employment situations before they arise, and manage them fairly and consistently when they do.

School Legal Liability Risk Exposures, Claims & Risk Mitigation Strategies


by Mike McCormack, Director, Business Development & Risk Management Services & Brenda Erickson, Senior Account Executive –  Westland Insurance Group Ltd.

This workshop will provide a brief review of Commercial Insurance Coverage with a focus on Legal Liability Risk Exposures faced by Schools, Risk Mitigation Strategies and Claims examples, as well as emerging areas of exposure such as Cyber and Privacy Breach risks.


School Debt 

by Tracey Yan, Director of Finance & David Fairholm, Director of Finance at White Rock Christian Academy 

Join us at this workshop if your school is considering new construction, looking to refinance existing debt, or struggling to manage current debt loads. Topics will include types of financing, preparatory steps before approaching lenders, and the basics of debt management for schools. David will walk through WRCA’s decision-making process during its recent construction project. This workshop will not be highly technical but geared to board members who feel out of their comfort zone when school financing is on the agenda.


Shawn-Chisholm_namebwShawn Chisholm

Executive Director, Federation of Independent School Associations British Columbia

Shawn Chisholm is the new Executive Director of FISA BC, having commenced this role July 1, 2018. Shawn has worked in BC independent schools for the past 25 years, the last 15 as the principal of a K -12 Catholic school in Kamloops. Shawn believes independent schools play an important role in pluralistic society, providing students and parents with schooling options that better align with their family values and/or educational needs. Shawn served on the FISA Board as well as the Independent School Teacher Certification Standards Committee for the past several years.

 MikebwMike McCormack

Director, Business Development  – Westland Insurance Group Ltd. 

Mike is the Director of Business Development and Risk Management Services with the Westland Insurance Group Ltd. He has over 25 years of experience in commercial insurance providing insurance placement, support services and risk management solutions to a variety of clients in wide range of sectors including Educational Institutions and Non-Profit Organizations. Mike is a Graduate with Honours of the Insurance Institute of Canada’s Fellowship (FCIP) program, as well as a the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) with the Global Risk Institute. Mike works with both Westland’s clients and commercial insurance personnel in analyzing risk exposures and developing strategies to manage risk through the use of loss control and risk financing techniques.

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Risk Management Services Senior Account Executive – Westland Insurance Group Ltd. 

Brenda has over 30 years experience in commercial insurance and owned her own agency for 10 years which gives her an abundance of knowledge in all areas of insurance. She holds her Chartered Insurance Professional designation (CIP)  from the Insurance Institute of Canada as well as Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB).  For eight years she taught the CAIB program to students through the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. Brenda looks after Westland’s specialized program accounts for independent schools, health care facilities, community living and social services and churches providing tailor made insurance policies, risk management and reviews and is an advocate in any claims that clients experience.

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Executive Director

Ed passionately believes that Christian education is as relevant and necessary today as it ever has been, and it brings him great joy to serve in an organization that seeks to help Christian schools flourish. Ed has spent his entire career in SCSBC member schools working as in various roles as teacher, vice principal, principal and superintendent. He has embraced opportunities to participate in school inspection and policy development work for the BC Ministry of Education both in BC and internationally. He has served on the boards of The King’s University, The Christian Teachers Association of BC, The Christian Principals Association of BC, The Federation of Independent Schools Associations of BC, Christian Schools Canada and Christian Schools International. Ed began his service as the executive director of SCSBC in August, 2014. As well as being responsible for the organization as a whole, his duties focus on leadership, governance, policy development, and interfacing with associated organizations such as Federation of Independent School Associations, Christian Schools Canada, Christian Schools International. 

2017-Linked-In--Tania-edit2Tania Jackson

Human Resources Director of Key Food Equipment Services

Tania Jackson is a graduate of Vancouver Christian School and Vancouver Christian Secondary School. When her children attended VCS and Carver Christian High School, she was involved in the education committees and served on the board. Tania is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), and is the Human Resources Director for Key Food Equipment Services. Tania has served on the SCSBC Compensation Committee since the fall of 2016. She has also been assisting the SCSBC as an advisory consultant for the last three years, and has had the pleasure of working with them on the recently released Human Resources Manual.

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Jenny Williams, MEd
Director of Education Support Services & Safe School Coordinator

Jenny Williams has had a broad range of roles in education as a teacher, SE coordinator, administrator, and currently as the Director of Educational Support Services and Safe School coordinator for SCSBC. She led the development of the Emergency Response Handbook from 2016-18 and has helped to coordinate the upcoming training for administrators. Jenny has been supporting SCSBC schools in critical incident response and violence threat risk assessment for the past 3 years, and she has a passion to equip schools to be prepared to face challenging situations and to have effective recovery processes and supports for the whole school community after emergencies occur.

greg-bwGreg Gerber, EdD

Director of Learning & Safe School Coordinator

SCSBC Director of Learning Greg Gerber is a passionate educator who is deeply engaged in the practice and scholarship of teaching and learning.  He finds great joy in resolving tensions between teachers’ espoused learning theory and classroom practice, finding clear and creative ways to engage professional educators in refining and enhancing their learner-centred practice.  Greg’s proficiency in experiential education techniques and commitment to engaging and connecting people’s previous knowledge and understandings to new learning and discoveries are evidenced in all of his workshop and teaching engagements.  Greg has extensive experience in curriculum and pedagogy design, school leadership, technology integration, and secondary and post-secondary instruction.

 tracey-bwTracey Yan, CPA, CA

Director of Finance

 As SCSBC’s Director of Finance, Tracey is responsible for consulting with schools on various accounting and financial management issues, administering financial health reviews, and providing support for the SCSBC’s various financial tools and templates.  She has a commerce degree from UBC and qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working at KPMG in Vancouver.  Tracey previously worked as the Business Manager at John Knox Christian School in Burnaby from 2014 to 2018 and has also served on the boards of JKCS and SCSBC.

 Board-David-Fairholm-e1536968274225bwDavid Fairholm, CPA, CA

Director of Finance, White Rock Christian Academy 

David joined White Rock Christian Academy as its Director of Finance in May 2018.  He has a business degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and earned his Chartered Accountant designation while working at the accounting firms of KNV and MNP.  David also worked as the controller for Music for Life Institute (the African Children’s Choir) prior to joining WRCA, where his children attend school.