2013

It has been a very long time since I updated the blog, and I am very sorry for that.  So many great things have been happening and ironically, the good things that I wanted to share took so much time that I never seemed to have the opportunity, but here it is.  :)

As I look back on 2013, I can only describe it as a wild ride that was one of the most fabulous experiences of my life, and really illustrated what this school is and could be.  Graduating the most senior graduate in BC history, who was part of our High School Seniors program sharing the limelight with 2 other seniors, was certainly a highlight for the school.  More importantly, it brought attention to the youth as well, and the connection they have with the seniors and the community as a whole.  Having seniors mixed in with alternate program youth has been an amazing experience for everyone involved, and impacted not only the program, but each youth who got to be part of that historic grad, and the non-grads who get to build relationships with seniors on a regular basis.

After our monumental grad, we were honored to travel to the Victoria with the youth and visit the Ministry of Education, among other stops.  We were all treated so well and the trip had a lasting impact on everyone who got to participate.  The entry on BC's Education Plan blog was truly a source of pride for everyone involved with the program for the last 6 years.  At the same time, MLA Laurie Throness was talking about our graduation in the Legislature, and to say we were honored by that would be an understatement.  The last 6 years of struggle, endurance and never giving up no matter what, all disappeared as we saw what ACE had become, and it was amazing.

We were further honored in the fall with an invitation to the Black Rod Ceremony, where I was privileged to be part of ah historical event and see the Black Rod that will open the Legislature for decades to come.  It is an amazing piece of craftsmanship and being part of its journey was an experience that is beyond words.

Wit the support of the District, ACE got to present at the BCSSA conference on the rebuilding of our program; From Outcast to "In-Cast": The Rebuilding of an Alternate Program.  It was so exciting to present on what we had done over the last 6 years and the response was great.  A 75 minute presentation seemed quite long at first, but covering all that we have done easily filled up the time, and there could have been more. 

I am hoping to get the site up to date with all of our staffing changes, and everything new we are doing, and I hope to keep this blog up to date as well.  In the meantime, I want to thank each and every one of our partners, the many individuals, and the organizations who support and help us.  This last year has been fabulous for the school, but we are all aware that it has metaphorically taken the entire village to raise the child we call ACE, and it would not have happened but for that support.  We could have opened the door and invited people in, but unless the community chose to enter, this could not have happened.

On behalf of all staff and students, thank you to everyone who made all of the successes of the last year possible.