2023 Forum Presentations

Wednesday, June 7th @ 1:15pm-2:00pm – Meet Our New Students—Kyle Baillie

It’s tempting to say that our students today are markedly different than they were even five years ago, but what if they are a product of the world around them? This session will explore contemporary topics such as mental health, social media, disability, as well as current research and promising practices on student health, well-being, and success inside & outside the classroom. Come meet our students in this interactive session.

Wednesday, June 7th @ 2:15pm-3:00pm – Responsive Micro-Credential Developments—Adrian Lipsett

How do we go about developing a micro-credential in a timely manner without overloading the sides of too many desks? This presentation will describe and examine the development template used at VCC to take a micro-credential from concept to classroom in four months. We will explore team structure, industry collaboration, budget and timeline considerations, as well as a list of lessons worth incorporating for future developments.

Wednesday, June 7th @ 2:15pm-3:00pm – Thoughts on Leadership—Daniel Thorpe 

What does it mean to be a good leader? How do you lead with integrity? Is there a difference between leading and managing? Filled with practical examples (positive and negative!), this workshop explores the qualities and behaviours that make a good leader and manager. We’ll draw some practical leadership and organizational tips you can use daily, including important topics such as how to delegate effectively, and empower your reports as self-directed professionals.

Wednesday, June 7th @ 3:15pm-4:15pm – Building Bridges Across Social Divides: Setting the Stage for Courageous Dialogues—Andrea Korens & Jennie Barron

How can we navigate divisive topics in the classroom, without avoiding them altogether? How can we discuss different viewpoints openly, yet with sensitivity and skill?   The Courageous Dialogues research team will demystify the dynamic of polarization as we understand it so far, and will offer five promising practices toward bridging divide.

Thursday June 8th @ 8:45am-9:00am—Indigenous Prayer and Welcoming—Anona Kampe

Storyteller and artist Anona Kampe is the granddaughter of the late Rachel and Basil Paul from the Penticton Indian Band, a member community of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. Anona shares Okanagan culture and history through stories. “I come from an oral society. Traditionally we did not have a written language. We learned everything through our stories, which are called captikʷł.”  

Anona Kampe

KEYNOTE SPEAKER—Katie Crocker, AMSSA (Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC) 9:00am-10:00am – Current Immigration Trends and Policies: Bridging Communities and Newcomer Integration

An examination of current immigration trends and policies provides us with insights into where newcomers are settling in BC and how we can work together to bridge integration and community. When we know who is coming to BC, where they are settl)ing, and what skills and assets they come with, we can work together to ensure that services and educational opportunities are available to support their integration process.

Thursday, June 8th @ 10:15am-11:00am – Roundtable Discussion – Engaging the Settlement and Integration Sector for Upcoming Government Calls for Proposals—Katie Crocker, AMSSA

In late 2023 or early 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be launching a Call for Proposal (CFP) for 5 years of funding. Later this summer, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs will be launching a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 3 years of funding through the BC Settlement and Integration Services stream.

Thursday, June 8th @ 3:00pm-3:45pm – Transitioning Funded Contract Programs to Tuition-Based Offerings—Bob Haugen, NIC

The presentation provides a few examples of transitioning funded contract programs to tuition-based regular offerings.

Bob Haugen is currently the Director of Continuing Education and Contract Training at North Island College. Bob has spent the better part of the last 20 years in the college system and is in his sixth year at NIC. He is also involved in a solar energy non-profit, The Canadian Solar Cities Project, and advises Canadian municipalities on sustainable transformation.

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