Message from Myles (COSL chair) – Sept 2018

COSL Chairperson Report Sept 2018

Greetings fellow COSL members,

Summer is, once again, over and you are all busy with the start of school and all of the energy and excitement that brings. Whether this is your first year as a school leader or your 20th, September always brings that engrossing rush during the first days back, and then after a few days the rush quickly turns into the rush of another school year.

2018 will mark the first time in 50 years that I will not be in a school as either a student, a teacher, or a principal on the first day of school. While I will miss the excitement and that rush, I’m excited about all that awaits in my first year as your chairperson. I’ve been busy over the summer months preparing. This summer started with my serving as a Learning Leader at our Field-led Course, attended by 27 participants from around the province. The energy in the room during the first 2 weeks of summer holidays was amazing (as evidenced by the work everyone put into their Pecha Kucha presentation). I also enjoyed meeting with MASS and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights preparing for our winter conference. I’m excited by the potential of having a session involving our members and some students as a lead up to the MTS/MASS Spring 2020 conference. In August, I attended the MASS Summer Institute and The MTS Presidents’ Training where I made connections and was apprised of the scope of the work that Local Presidents are tasked with. As fall has crept up on us, I have enjoyed getting acquainted with the office and our neighbours at the MTS building next door.

Of course, fall brings the start of our annual events and I’m excited about the upcoming opportunities we have to gather, meet, and learn. I look forward to meeting our new and returning directors at our Directors’ Training on September 28-30 at the Holiday Inn West. Check out our October conference line-up on the MTS PD Day registration site. Our Winter Conference will once again be taking place at the Fort Garry Hotel/Fort Garry Place Conference Centre on February 14 and 15. Plans for this conference will be finalized shortly. Mark your calendars now for CAP 2020, as the conference is being hosted by COSL in Winnipeg May 5-8, 2020.

In closing, I look forward to representing you at the many meetings I will attend throughout my term. There is a lot going on in regards to education in our province and I will keep you updated on any upcoming changes. Your job as a school leader is important in the success of your staff and, ultimately, the success of your students — the top priority of us all.

Once again, all the best for a fantastic year and I look forward to visiting with many of you when I am out about in the province.

Myles Blahut
COSL Chairperson