NSSBA to hold 55th annual general meeting and conference in the Strait region

    DARTMOUTH, NS May 12 /CNW/ - The Strait Regional School Board is pleased
to host the 55th annual general meeting and conference of the Nova Scotia
School Boards Association (NSSBA), May 14-16, 2009 at the Charles V. Keating
Millennium Centre, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS.
    Celebrating Cultural Proficiency and Equity in Education is the theme of
this year's event, which is co- chaired by George Kehoe, the board's vice
chair and board member Richelle MacLaughlin. Over 80 board members and
administrators will gather to benefit from leadership building sessions,
networking opportunities and partnership workshops.
    Ron Marks, president of the NSSBA, believes the AGM is an excellent
opportunity for school boards to learn about new initiatives. "Nova Scotia's
students live in a diverse and vibrant community," said Marks. "This year's
event will feature presentations from world class educators and administrators
- individuals who have produced great changes in the areas of culture and
equity. We hope that school board members will take away lessons from our
presenters and help bring them to Nova Scotia classrooms."
    Keynote speakers for the event will be Dr. Randall B. Lindsey, director
of education, Doctorate Program at California Lutheran University, who will
discuss cultural proficiency and equity in education and Jeff Orr, director,
School of Education, St. Francis Xavier University, who will present on the
mutually beneficial relationship between school boards and universities in the
context of equity and excellence in education.
    The board will showcase their students' talents and skills through a
variety of student performances. Delegates will be treated to a dinner theatre
Thursday night performed by students from Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High
School. On Friday, St. Andrew's Consolidated, Chedabucto Education
Centre/Guysborough Academy and Whycocomagh Education Centre students will
showcase their artistic talents through music, dance and threatre
    The annual general meeting will take place on Friday, May 15. The new
executive for NSSBA will be determined at that time and the resolutions
package will be discussed.
    On Friday morning, the Strait Regional School Board will feature
information sessions on a number of the board's special programs and
initiatives. Session titles include History in the Making-Afrikan Canadian
Heritage and Friendship Centre, Sharing the East Antigonish First Nations
Cultural Richness and Richmond Academy Mawio'mi. Friday's events will also
include the NSSBA president's reception and the annual banquet. Awards
presentations will take place during the banquet. George Kehoe, vice chair of
the board and conference co-chair, will be awarded with the association's
highest honour, the School Board Member of the Year Award for 2009.
    This is the first time in recent years that the NSSBA has held the event
at a university, and both the association and the Strait Regional School Board
are pleased to have the Keating Millenium Centre as the 2009 venue.

    The NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards.

For further information:

For further information: Ron Marks, president, NSSBA, (902) 752-1323
(H), (902) 755-1483, (902) 396-7519 (C); Sharon Findlay-MacPhee,
communications manager, NSSBA, (902) 491-2856, (902) 221-6881 (C); Deanna
Gillis, manager of communications & community relations, Strait Regional
School Board, (902) 625-7093

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