#uLearn23- A Council for School Leadership Conference

I always love going to conferences as it provides me with opportunities to connect with colleagues whom I may not get to speak to daily. It also gives me a change to hear some amazing speakers. I had never been to an uLearn conference in all of my 23 years with the school district, so I decided that this was the year that I was going to rewrite my story and try it out.

Some of my top takeaways included:

Dean Shareski’s and Dr Katy Fodchuk’s session on Burn Out reminded us that burn out is a systemic issue in the teaching field

Leading in a Digital Age- Professional Learning to Support Assessment Practices for In-Service and Preservice Teachers- A Case Discussion a session by Dr Nadia Delanoy, Dr Barb Brown and Jodie Walz i an Educational Technology Consultant with the Calgary Catholic School District.

We discussed the need to allow preservice and in-service teachers to integrate technology into their practice by providing them with opportunities to collaborate and and play with new applications.

 Correcting the NarrativeSusan Aglukark

NOMAD is a 60-minute multi media/speaking and singing presentation, through songs, stories, film, photos and music videos. NOMAD will take you on the journey of the Canadian Inuit shedding light on some of the psychological and cultural impacts of rapid change in the North. NOMAD also gives a glimpse of the resilience and determination of a people who have maintained a quiet dignity despite near annihilation by disease and rapid change; a glimpse of the strengths of the traditional culture.
While NOMAD helps create better understanding of the effects of colonization and generational trauma caused by the Canadian Governments Residential Schools/assimilation policy on Inuit, views also gain an understanding that we as Indigenous (artists) work with, from and for our own respective healing and (re) learning

Inuk singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut, indigenous and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her fellow people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada and her fellow indigenous groups. The emotional depth and honesty of her lyrics; her pure, clear voice and themes of hope, spirit and encouragement have captivated and inspired listeners from all walks of life. Susan was invited into the Order of Canada and was presented her Officer of the Order of Canada award in September of 2005 for her contribution both musically and as a workshop facilitator and mentor in the indigenous community and was awarded the Governor Generals Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in June of 2016. Awards include: 4 Juno Awards, several Juno nominations, the first-ever Aboriginal Achievement Award in Arts & Entertainment, the Canadian Country Music Association’s Vista Rising Star Award and several other CCMA nominations, Susan has honorary doctorates of Law from the University of Alberta where she also worked for three years as Distinguished Scholar in residence, Susan also received an honorary law degree from Calgary University, an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Lethbridge University, a Doctor of Letters from the Laurentian University and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Toronto. Susan is founder and program developer of the Arctic Rose Foundation, and she has released her newest album “The Crossing”.


Do You Have a Story of Worthiness? Authors wanted.

Are you ready to be inspired by the stories of women around the world who have discovered their own worthiness? Look no further than the I am Worthy book project!

The objective of this project is simple: to remind everyone that they are innately worthy, even if they don’t always believe it. Through the inspiring stories of 30 women from all corners of the globe, this book aims to help women believe in themselves and recognize their own worthiness. Continue reading

Erin Luong- My Journey to be a Super Mom

Being a huge advocate for Children and Youth Rights and Supports I follow an organization called the Children’s Miracle Network. I found out about their latest fundraising/ marketing campaign Super Mom and I applied to get involved.

I was selected to be one of the moms in competition. Continue reading