November 2017

November 2017 Council of School Leaders Chairperson’s Report


Hello everyone,


Another month has come and gone and now that Halloween has passed, we can get back to the regular routine of teaching and learning. Although I did see some extremely creative costumes over my travels. Nothing wrong with having fun in schools. Reinforces the feeling of belonging.


The COSL Fall Conference was held October 20, 2017 with around 225 participants as well as volunteers and students. A big thank you goes out to Tec Voc for the great job they did in hosting the event. Special thanks to Michelle Sacco and Joyce Wong for their support and awesome organizational skills. The majority of feedback has been in the good to excellent range so we are very happy with the response. Another big thank you goes out to the COSL Leadership Team and to the Ed Leadership Mandate Area Directors. Everyone pitched in and made it a great day. Lisa Calvez and JF Godbout led the team and made sure everything went smoothly. We were also fortunate to have Minister Wishart attend our luncheon.


COSL also had a presence at the LIFT conference in Brandon. I was joined by Darren Hardy and Andrew Peters for an afternoon presentation to both current and aspiring principals and vice principals from the Westman area. The presentation was well- received and the region felt our organization was supportive in attending the LIFT conference.


Our focus now turns to the COSL Winter Conference February 15-16, 2018 at the Hotel Fort Garry. We are working on the registration forms as we speak and hope to have everything out by the end of November. Our theme is Keep Calm and Lead On. Keynotes include Dr. Jerome Cranston, Tamara Rodgers, Sylvia Marusyk, Raheel Raza and Big Daddy Tazz. Presentations will focus on Diversity and Well Being. We also have staff from MTS who will be presenting including Andrew Peters, Darren Hardy, Sarah Gazan as well as Kathryn Roberts from MET and Teacher Led Learning Team doing LGBTTQ presentations. It is a great line up and as we did not have a conference last year, it is a great opportunity to engage in some networking. The code to book a room at the Hotel Fort Garry is 10Y5TI. Hope to see everyone both current and aspiring school leaders attend.


I continue to visit various regions across the province to inform COSL members of COSL activities and how important it is for our voice be heard both inside and outside of MTS. If you have any questions or require any information on what COSL is doing please let me know.




Bruce Shamray

COSL Chairperson