Category: Social Change

The Grace to Grow Deeper: A Case Study of Environmentalism in a Canadian Christian School

As the season changes and the bright fall colours envelope us, I would like to focus on creation care and what schools can do. Here’s an article that my colleague Dr. Allyson Jule and I collaborated on. Abstract Successful environmental pedagogy in faith-based schools has not been well explored even while most Christian schools in..

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National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

Today, Sept. 30th marks the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. As recommended in a very informative communication I received this morning from Amnesty International Canada (below), I have registered for a virtual tour of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School, courtesy of the Woodland Cultural Centre. It is a powerful walk-through..

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Power has no Gender

Power has no gender. Yet, we are so conditioned to associate leadership with masculine traits. Check your unconscious bias. Avoid diminishing yourself and your capabilities – it serves no one and there’s nothing holy in it! Avoid comparing your weakness to other people’s strengths. Do not be afraid! Never discount the cost of inaction. Own..

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Reflecting on my Leadership Journey

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As I transition from a position I’ve held for almost a decade, it’s time to reflect on my leadership journey. This will inform my discernment of opportunities and help me continue to contribute to the common good through my education and leadership. I first detected my capacity to lead in high school when I was..

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Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

#Leadership #womeninleadership #STOPASIANHATE #innovation #socialenterprise We are coming to the end of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen the coverage chronicling xenophobia and anti-Asian racism in Canada. This is important to be aware of and to fight against.  It’s also important to recognize and celebrate the resilience of Asian people…

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9 ways to increase trust and intellectual hospitality

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We need to nurture a sense of the common good. Cherie Harder, policy advisor, and think tank leader asserts “vital to such renewal will be the reinvigoration of what might seem a modest practice: the extension of intellectual hospitality”(2021). She recommends nine ways forward to increase trust which leaders wisely adopt: Read widely, Understand that..

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Thriving in Challenging Times

On Feb. 17 I had the pleasure of a conversation with Jeff Beck, Pastor of Delta Church and Johannah Wetzel, Director of Global Engagement at TWU. As leaders in the community, they graciously agreed to share some insights about leadership in these challenging times. Please take 27 min. to be encouraged and inspired.Meeting Recording:https://zoom.us/rec/share/j8SJYhjG9qGnfyedsf2OK6LuDqwPNn-lmrfIFrMeeU0l32-PfVOe1AlJt4BQVarU.XPdEFAgeI13FTc-a This..

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Successful environmental pedagogy in faith-based schools has not been well explored even while most Christian schools in Canada are governed by provincial curricula and provincial teacher standards that require commitments to environmentalism. Conflicts within mainline Christianity in regards to the importance of environmental justice may be why some Christian schools do not engage in environmental..

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We are like Cranberries

This weekend I took a lovely late afternoon walk near the cranberry fields along the Nathan Creek Dike trail in Glen Valley, just outside of Fort Langley. Fall is cranberry harvest time and it reminded me of our work as Christian educators and leaders in various sectors.  All people dedicated to the common call to..

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