June 2018 COSL Chairperson’s Message
COSL Chairperson Report June 2018
Well time certainly does fly by. It is hard to believe two years have come and gone. As of July 1st Myles Blahut will be the new COSL chairperson. Just a few notes before I ride off back to Brandon. It was great CAP conference in St John’s NFLD. Excellent speakers, facility and a great host city. Approximately 400 people attended the conference. Next year’s conference is in Whitehorse with Winnipeg hosting in 2020.
Myles and I also attended the MTS AGM as observers. We had some great conversations with delegates about the possibility of getting voting privileges next year. I also had a chance to spend time with Mark Ramsanker CTF president and with Chris Cowley, president of the Ontario Teachers. Great to hear what is happening in other parts of the country.
COSL is hosting the Summer Institute with many members helping over the two weeks of the conference. As always, Danielle Fullan Kolton will do an excellent job as the official instructor. We know it will be a great PD opportunity for those attending. The Fall Conference is well underway in planning and info will come out in late August or early in September.
Finally, as my time winds to a close there are too many people to thank. It has been an awesome learning experience and I have met so many great people both inside and outside of MTS. A big bouquet goes out to the COSL Leadership team and Directors for the many volunteer hours they put in to make COSL a great organization. Thanks to Roland, Loretta, Danielle and Christen for all of their admin support. One person I do need to single out is James Bedford, MTS Vice President. James’s knowledge and guidance have been a great source of support even when we disagreed on some issues. Your professionalism and sincerity has not gone unnoticed and I look forward to you visiting me at my new school.