Page 23 A big shout out to Michelle Sokoloski who recently organized an Elder Project at Ladysmith Secondary, with renowned author Wendy Morton. Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal students interviewed Elders and their notes will soon become poems. Simply amazing! A shout out to all the teachers who take time to coach our kids in sports… above and beyond …so appreciated… you’re making a difference! 68 Hoorays go out to Ladysmith Secondary for initiatives in learning – weaving in the Land and Language-Based Learning and the new Outdoor Education Class. A huge thank you goes out to Nancy Ketchen for all her efforts, managing the ADS system each day. She is always pleasant to speak to and works so hard to make things work at the school. Hats off to the Aboriginal Education Department for organizing workshops for several staff and trustees with Author and Facilitator Monique Gray Smith. In support of the Board’s Goal of Reconciliation,theworkshopswerebasedaroundMonique’s book, Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation. 68 Hoorays go out to Carlo Pavan and his team for organizing the CUPE Blanket Exercise. Nearly 300 staff members participated in the exercise, learning about the truth of the historic relationship between Indigenous and non- Indigenous peoples in Canada. What a moving experience! A shout to the grounds crew who do such a great job taking care of our school yards. They are always so thorough and the work is done with such a positive attitude! 68 Hoorays go out to Jo Cornthwaite and Sterling Jamont for organizing the BC Cross Currents Conference. Jo is the president of the TIE-BC (Towards Inclusive Education – BC), formerly the Special Education Association and Sterling is the president for Nanaimo. Kudos to Mrs. Teneycke for getting her class involved in participating in an Entrepreneurial Market. The class spent some time talking about past experiences with the project and after posing the question as a response question to the Google Classroom, they all voted to go ahead with the idea. They watched a few entrepreneur pitches on the Dragon’s Den and discussed each of the ideas presented. To begin, Mrs. Teneycke encouraged the students to research five different product ideas and narrow it down to just one after considering each product’s cost effectiveness and resale opportunity. Each student had to submit a completed business plan for approval before purchasing materials and beginning the process of making the products. Throughout the process, the students learned about advertising and marketing, how to determine profit margins and created logos and advertising materials in preparation for the big day! The range of products was incredible – a little something for everyone. Many sellers sold out of their products and profits were plenty!