Tansi kahkiyow kiskinahamowakanak – Evelyn Johnston nisikason ekwa (For those of you who may not know, I have now officially changed my name from Brertton).
First of all, I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you back to another exciting school year. I hope everyone is doing fine, as you settle into a routine of some sort. For some, it can be a new and stressful time as you juggle all aspects of your life – studies, family and social and we do understand! Sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in a day. Keep in mind that ‘sometimes all you can is all you can do and all you can do is ‘enough’. Don’t be afraid to call in if you are experiencing problems (personal or academic) or even if it’s just to say ‘hi’ – we’d be happy to hear from you.
As staff, we look forward to working with you in achieving your educational goals. Remember that ‘we are here for you’. We really hope that you are enjoying your studies thus far and will do your best to make our community proud! ‘Always strive to be the best that you can be and never settle for Mediocrity’!
Also, congratulations to last year’s (and upcoming) graduates – it is truly an honor to recognize the results of your hard work and determination. Our Biennial Education/HRD/Reinvestments Round Dance is tentatively scheduled for mid-February, 2011. We expect approximately one hundred post secondary graduates from the past two years. We are very proud of each and every one!
- We’d like to welcome our newly appointed Saddle Lake Education Authority board members: Dr. Evelyn Steinhauer, Elmer Cardinal, Jenny Cardinal, Bernie Makokis and Louis Lapatak. Our Council Education Representatives are Donald Crane and John Shirt. We look forward to working with them for the next three years.
- The position of “Saddle Lake Post Secondary Student Advisor” has been re-opened. As you may be aware, Shauna Lapatak resigned from her position and decided to return to Ontario. Mabel Shirt is currently helping us out on a temporary basis. The closing date for competition is Friday, October 1st and interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 7/10 in the Education board room. Please be advised that the ‘minimum’ job qualifications for this position have been revised. Therefore, those applicants with a Business Management or Social Sciences diploma shall be considered.
- We are now accepting receipts from students with dependant children who are eligible for a reimbursement for any school-related costs (up to a maximum of $100) for the 2010-11 academic school year. You can thank our previous Board and Council who supported and passed this motion last year.
- We shall be starting student and institution visits very shortly, so you can expect a call (or email) from our office as to the dates and locations. Posters may also be put up at the Educational Institution at which you are attending.
Last but not least, I wanted to share the following five principles which I learnt in my own educational journey (and are illustrated beautifully in the book “The Leadership Challenge”) that ‘you’ as an educational (community) leader must keep in mind. As a leader, you must:
- Model the Way: Make sure that your words are connected to your actions as a leader! You have to be willing to stand up for what you believe which is why you have to know what your beliefs and values are. “If you don’t believe the messenger, you won’t believe the message”. Talk positively rather than negatively and always with enthusiasm! We all have the freedom to choose how we want to express ourselves! Set a good example.
- Inspire a Shared Vision: Imagine the possibilities when you envision the future. Enlist the help of others by appealing to common interests and values.
- Challenge the Process: Take risks, seize opportunities and learn from your mistakes and experiences to make a positive change in yourself and your community.
- Enable others to Act: Create a climate of trust to help others develop competence and confidence; and
- Encourage the Heart: Recognize and appreciate others. Expect the best from them and they will prove you right! Always remember to always treat others the way that you want to be treated – with kindness, respect and dignity.
In conclusion, I’d like to acknowledge and thank everyone for their support of post secondary education – our community leaders and members and our families who are always there to support us all! Special thanks to Shannon Houle for continuing to be our ‘webmaster’. All notices and updates to our blog will be sent to her regularly so that we can keep our subscribers informed.
Ekosi maka mina kihtwam. Kawisaweyimikosinawaw anoc mina kakike!
Evelyn Johnston, Director
Saddle Lake Post Secondary Program
SADDLE LAKE, AB
Phone number: (780)726-7609, Ex. 2270
Fax number: (780)726-4069
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org